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71  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Pink Hungry Octopus on: March 24, 2010 10:40:07 AM
This is the original project of my third felt softie: a pink hungry octopus.


More infos about my crafting projects are blogged on
 
http://vogliounamelablu.blogspot.com/
(the site is in italian, but you can ask for translation).

In this Scribd page you can find the pdf file with the free pattern of the octopus:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/28386821/Pattern-Octopus-Felt-Softie


Instructions:


- chose felt in three colours, one for the body, one for the lower part of the legs and one for the mouth.

- print and cut the free pattern from the link upon. You can see it there:


- pin the paper pattern of the octopus body on a double layer of felt and cut. Make the same thing with the lower part of the legs and with the mouth.

- sew together the long sides and the round side of the mouth. You obtain a little pocket

- if you want, you can attach now the eye buttons on one copy of the body

- pair each copy of the body to the corrispondent copy of the lower part of the legs (look at the legs' numbers!)

- sew half of the mouth to the correct side of one lower part of the legs: the pocket must stay inside the octopus body!


- sew each lower part of the legs to the corrispondent half of the body.
To obtain a nice result I suggest to start from the middle ad sew the two legs on the right; than the two on the left, starting from the middle again.
You may notice that the lower parts of the legs are thinner and don't match at all with the upper parts of the legs. I needed this to give thickness and "movement" to the legs. If you follow my suggestions you'll have a good result.

- sew the little "V" cuts on the octopus head

-sew togeter the two half of the lower parts of the legs: in the middle they are connected by the free side of the mouth. The mouth have to stay open!!!!

- sew the heads together, but fill with the padding before closing up.


Pay attention to this octopus! He likes very much the soft little fingers of our babies!  Wink


Sorry for my english and good work! You can share your felt softies creations on this Flickr group:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/feltsoftiesseacollection/
72  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Easter Bunny from Kwoozy pattern on: March 24, 2010 07:23:44 AM
And here's my version of kwoozy rabbit! The tutorial is blogged here:

http://kwoozy.blogspot.com/2006/06/tutorial-for-rabbit-and-carrot.html

I sewed it as an Easter Bunny, that will hide lots of plexiglass eggs for our egg hunt.

You can find more infos (in italian) on my blog site:

http://vogliounamelablu.blogspot.com/2010/03/il-coniglietto-pasquale-di-soffa-easter.html


I made it with a very old sweatshirt (directly from '80s) and I used some pink felt for embroideries, to add other sweetness to my rabbit. I added also a little tail and a nose.
We were so satisfied of the result that I made another one the same afternoon, so we have now Easter Bunny Pasquale and Pasqualino!
73  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow octopus. on: March 19, 2010 06:09:45 AM
Your octopus is perfect! Good job!!
74  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Rabbit stuffie (23/05/06 PATTERN ADDED) on: March 19, 2010 06:01:05 AM
Good good project! I'd like to make two soon for my friend's newborn!
75  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Plushie Zoo (image heavy) on: March 19, 2010 05:48:28 AM
Very nice projects! You worked a lot!!!
76  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Fleecy bunny! on: March 19, 2010 05:45:34 AM
really sweet! very nice project!
77  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Many ways to make plushies from kid's drawings/creative ideas (4 pics). on: March 19, 2010 05:43:18 AM
Great ideas. I turned my son's drawings to a T-shirt decoration for my housband, but I really love your suggestion of converting drawings in three dimensions!
78  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Meow!!! It's the Cheshire Cat Plushie on: March 19, 2010 05:20:45 AM
Very nice project! I loved the choice of the subject: really mad and funny!!
79  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first felt softie: the blue whale on: March 17, 2010 08:10:22 AM
This is the original project of my first felt softie: a blue whale. You can see it in the picture with a clownfish and an octopus that I sewed later and blogged on http://vogliounamelablu.blogspot.com/ (sorry - in italian for now, you can ask for instruction translation).
In this Scribd page you can find the pdf file with the free pattern of the whale:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/28384520/Pattern-Whale-Felt-Softie



Sewing this whale is very easy, I entirely completed the project in one evening:


- chose felt in two colours, one for the body and one for the belly; you also need some white felt for the "teeth" (baleen)
- print and cut the free pattern from the link upon. You can see it there:



- pin the paper pattern of the whale body on a double layer of felt and cut. Make the same thing with the teeth side.
- cut the belly, the teeth front and the back from a single layer of felt.
- sew on each body shape a button for the eye and a teeth side.
- sew the teeth front at the thicker end of the belly
- sew the belly to the inner side of a body shape, starting form the thinner end. The thicker end must be in corrispondence with the upper teeth side already sewed to the body.
- starting from here sew the back to the body,starting from the thicker end of the back, that wil be fixed to the thicker end of the belly and teeth front.
- sew the other body shape to the belly and the back, starting from the thinner end of the belly to the thinner end of the back and going on for the whole tail. Pay attention to the corrispondence between the two teeth sides!
-leave a hole and fill with the padding and than close.
Sorry for my english and good work! You can share your felt softies creations on this Flickr group:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/feltsoftiesseacollection/
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