Monday, March 20, 2006

Sigmund the Octopus

** update: This pattern is now available as a free download! **

This original stuffie is the culmination of 5 pattern pieces, 25 felt pieces, 50 beads, 52 sequins, and hours of sewing. Whew! I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to design an octopus back in February. I was flying high on my easy success with the owls.   An octopus is a different story.

I have a yard of cream felt that I bought to do prototypes. There is a graveyard of weird cream arms and orbs in the lead-up to a fully recognizable octopus. The biggest challenge was the arms. I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted them to look like. The solution I came up with seems obvious now, but I didn't get it on my first try.

I also didn't work out what I was going to do for a face until I had the body and bespangled legs all sewn together. There were a couple of ways to go with the face. One is Japanese-cute wide-eyed and human-ish. I decided to go with inhuman, indifferent, google-eyed animal. Sigmund creeps me out. I imagine big sharp teeth hiding under all those legs. Why is he staring at me like that?!

I was so excited when I finished Sigmund. I wanted to honor him with a kick-ass photo shoot, so I bought that cool aquarium grass you see in the picture. I was hoping to find a cheesy treasure chest or goofy diver, too, but they only had realistic looking rocks and sea urchins and stuff. I was impressed. I almost bought one of those big undersea photos that you can tape on the back of your aquarium to use as a back-drop, but I thought that was going too far (... says the girl who just sewed a bazillion sequins on a small stuffed octopus ... ha!).

I am going to do a set of three original sea creatures. I like doing things in sets of three, like I did with the owls. I already have the next one's prototype done, and it's looking good. I going to keep it a secret for now, though. :)
46 Comments (comments are disabled)

Kuky said ...
OH MY GAWD!! I am in LOVE with Sigmund!! How do you come up with this stuff? You are soooo creative.

March 20, 2006 2:15 AM
10/6/2006 11:43 PM

green kitchen said ...
Wow! I found your site, saw the photo of Sigmund, and immediately added you to my Bloglines. Anyone who takes such cool photos of their cool crafts is all right with me. Can't wait to read the rest of your posts.

March 20, 2006 1:28 PM
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samantha said ...
He is worth all that hard work. Sigmund is gorgeous. Your attention to detail is amazing!

March 20, 2006 1:59 PM
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wendy said ...
Sigmund can come play in my pond any time. Great job!!

March 21, 2006 4:34 PM
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marcisenders said ...
Sigmund is amazing! All your hard work paid off! Can't wait to meet hos friends!

March 26, 2006 9:10 PM
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Magpie said ...
what a cute octopus! nice job. :)
1/22/2007 2:00 PM

Sarah said ...
Hi, Alice!

I have a picture of my octopus, Poe-ctopus (named after our white cat, Poe) up at my blog 9/19/2007 6:50 PM

leann grant said ...
These are so adorable. My son's girlfriend love octopus's and I saw this looking for a special ornament for her. So wish you sold these. You would do good :)
11/22/2008 11:01 PM

Alycia said ...
I finally made an octopus with your lovely pattern! You can see it in my blog :)
1/19/2009 3:25 PM

tatiana said ...
omg i love them and want to know if i could purchase your pattern
5/3/2009 5:17 PM

Sparky said ...
that is the best octopus stuffie ive ever seen! hes adorable! thanx soooo much for posting a pattern and instructions for him too.
6/7/2009 4:51 PM

futuregirl said ...
Sparky ... You are totally welcome! I'd love to see any octopuses you make. :)
6/12/2009 10:45 PM

Amblina said ...
*steals pattern* Sigmund is awesome, I'm off to my stash to find some suitable felt and sparkles :D
6/15/2009 4:25 PM

mk said ...
thanks much for the pattern!!! :)
9/7/2009 9:02 PM

Star said ...
Thanks so much for this pattern! My little girl is going to be Bubbles, from the Powerpuff Girls, for Halloween, and Bubbles loves her little stuffed octopus. I had a lot of trouble finding an octopus pattern to use, but I think yours will be the perfect start (I'll need to make some alterations to get it closer to what's on the cartoon).
You've just saved me an enormous amount of trail-and-error getting the body and general shape to work!
10/28/2009 1:41 AM

Lisa said ...
Am currently working on my very own Sigmund, 7 legs to go (and one very excited child). Wanted to say, wow and thank you, for the awesome stitch tutorials and excellent suggestion for the best knot ever, because truly it is the best!!! Can't wait see my little guy all sewn up!
1/21/2010 12:26 AM

futuregirl said ...
Yay, Lisa. I'd love to see pictures of your completed Octo!
1/21/2010 12:31 AM

pam said ...
I could not BELIEVE I had missed this! Then I saw that Sigmund was born way before i was! ADORABLE! I have downloaded the PDF (I hope!). Looks like I may be in the land of Unmade ornaments longer than I expected!
1/25/2010 11:38 PM

Reba said ...
Thanks so much for this! And your wonderful tutorials. Without them, I don't think I would have gotten the blanket stitch! I am in the process of making a (so-far-nameless) octo as my project this week on my new blog. thanks so much for all the helpful info and fun ideas!! :)
1/1/2011 10:03 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Reba ... Yay! I'd love to see photos of your octo. If you post them, send me the link!
1/3/2011 12:45 PM

Whitney said ...
I made a valentine octopus for my boyfriend who loves octopi. Thanks!
2/12/2011 12:19 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Whitney ... How sweet is that?! I hope he appreciated all your hand sewing! :)
2/28/2011 1:02 AM

That's wicked! I'm going to make one for my nephew!
6/7/2011 1:41 PM

FabCupcake said ...
Your projects are absolute genius! I've had a few craft nights focused on Sigmund and he's gone over spectacularly with the crew. I'd dearly love to see squid and cuttlefish patterns as well!
12/6/2011 11:26 AM

Gwen said ...
SuperCute! I have a pet felt owl used for holding my pins when they are not holding a sewing project together. I think it will be getting a friend ;)
1/21/2012 1:18 PM

Erin said ...
I want to buy that @_@ love it!!!!!!!!
1/30/2012 4:17 PM

Shereen said ...
I love this pattern so much. I altered it a bit (it's larger) and added to it so I could have my very own Mrs. Cthulhu plush. I posted a picture of her on my new blog I've been inspired to start because of your amazing stuff!
2/22/2012 9:22 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Shereen ... Going to look now!
3/7/2012 6:49 PM

Clare said ...
3/12/2012 3:47 PM

How talented are you!! Love it
4/12/2012 8:00 AM

Jen said ...
Great tutorial! You've been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

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4/14/2012 6:38 PM

Melodie said ...
Just discover you from a friend and I can`t wait to make that octopus. Thank you so much for sharing your talent :-)
5/9/2012 4:22 AM

Vera said ...
These are SO cute! They have personality and they make me smile! Thank you!!
5/14/2012 7:18 AM

edyB said ...
Thanks so much for sharing this him!
5/24/2012 10:59 AM

This has got to be the most ADORABLE felt animal I have ever seen!! Awesome job - I can't wait to try it!!!!
6/11/2012 5:56 PM

mel said ...
I love this little fella and I want to make him for my school's christmas craft fair, would this be okay? (proceeds to childrens hospice)
10/24/2012 3:19 PM

futuregirl replied ...
mel ... Of course! I think that would be awesome. :)
10/27/2012 10:11 PM

Lydia said ...
It was so nice octopus I love it and make one for me.
Thanks for sharing.
12/10/2012 1:13 AM

Amanda said ...
This is so cute! I love octopus' and I want one :D
2/7/2013 11:00 PM

Molly Ahola said ...
Oh dear gosh!! So cute! I may even attempt to make it myself, if I'm feeling brave enough! ^_^
6/7/2013 8:33 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Molly Ahola ... Do it! :) I know you can.
6/9/2013 2:53 PM

Lydia Gerstenberg said ...
Hallo, leider spreche ich sehr schlecht englisch , und bei den tollen Projekten von dir würde ich mich über mehr deutsche Anleitungen freuen.
7/6/2013 3:12 AM

jaytea said ...
I cannot find the pattern for the felt octopus. Could you please post a link.
I would like to say that I think you are amazingly creative, and thank you for sharing your ideas and patterns.
6/16/2014 4:46 PM

jaytea said ...
I figured it out with a little more investigating.
Thanks again!
6/16/2014 4:52 PM

This little octopus is sooooo adorable! I am in love! Love the tentacles, the texture is great! I also love the embellishments! Actually I love everything about this little guy! Thanks for sharing! I featured this in my blog:
8/13/2015 6:29 PM
Bev said ...
I just found and downloaded your free pattern for an underwater mobile I am making for a friend's baby. Thanks so much, it is really cute! I really appreciate artists like yourself making patterns available for free - I know it is a lot of work to make patterns and I really want to say an appreciative thanks. Bev
8/15/2015 4:25 PM