Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Yarn Octopus Tutorial Part 1

This is my first tutorial and I'm so excited/nervous about it. So please don't judge me too harsh ;) This is such a fun project to either do for a little kid or with one. I haven't given Lucy this purple one yet because the face isn't done but she LOVES her pink octopus. How to make the face will be posted in Part 2 on Thursday.


Hard surface~card board or wood or a frame that's 20-28 inches long
1 Skein of yarn~bright colors or multicolor yarns are best
10 small rubber bands
1 bouncy ball the size of a tennis ball, or 1 tennis ball
A couple pieces of craft felt, various colors that you would want on the face
Needle and thread, or super glue

How to....

1.  Begin wrapping your yarn around the end of whatever solid surface you have selected. This part of the project is the most time consuming and occasionally my arm gets tired and needs a break :)

2. When the entire skein has been wrapped up cut one end so you can slide the yarn off.

3. Cut the opposite end now so all your yarn is in a pile of long strips.

4. Leave out 10 strands. Gather the yarn in your hand and use 1 of the rubber bands to tie off the top a couple inches down. Use one of the yarn strands to wrap around the rubber band and hide it.

5. Lay your yarn out on a flat surface and form a nest near the top that you can place the ball in.

6.  Use your fingers to smooth all the yarn around the ball until its covered evenly. Take another rubber band to tie it off and then wrap another piece of the spare yarn around it.

Now you have the body of the octopus and you're ready to make 8 braided legs!

7. Separate the yarn into 2 even sections and push one to the side.

8. Divide the side you are working with half again.

9. Take one of those and divide it in half one more time. This will give you the first 2 legs.

10. Braid, twist, or weave both of those and tie them off with a small rubber band.

11. Repeat steps 8-10 until all eight legs are braided. Now you have an octopus!

12. As one last finishing touch to the body of the octopus cover the leg rubber bands with the remaining yarn strips. 

Here is part 2 of the tutorial where you can find out how to put a face on your new friend!

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Anonymous said...

I am so un-crafty but this looks easy enough for me to do! We might just have to try it soon! Thanks for sharing!


Mrs. G.I. Joe said...

It really is super easy, Mrs. Muffins! Riley will love playing with one. And I love that you can do it with unused yarn. I have whole skeins laying around that I'm too lazy to knit so I just whip up a quick toy with them!

Lauren Nicole said...

That is adorable. I may just have to make my god-daughter one!

Kaylee said...

Oh my gosh, this is super cute! I think my daughter would love a little yarn octopus! Great tutorial!

Unknown said...

I can make this right now with what I have laying around my house. (Well really stuffed in the corners of the cupboards.) I can't wait to read Part 2! I am visiting from Ladybug Blessings. I would love it if you would come over to Greetings From the Asylum and pay me a visit!

Mrs. G.I. Joe said...

Thanks ladies!

Just wait till you see what I'm whipping up for accessories. This is a great project for boys too because you can use "boy" colored yarn and dress it up like a pirate or sailor ;)

Unknown said...

Cute, cute. My son just saw this and said oooooo lets make that. So I guess we are off to round up enough yarn. Thanks for the idea! :)

Mrs. Monkey said...

OMG we used to make these in Girl Scouts when i was little!!!

Unknown said...

So cute! For a first tutorial, you really did great. This is very helpful, eh.

Cathy@Coping With Migraine In The Workplace