Oopsie the Octopus

G'day all! So nice to be here with you, all the way from Australia, on the Moda Bake Shop! My name is Melanie Hurlston of Melly and Me and I would love you to all meet my newest friend, "Oopsie" the octopus. Oopsie is made from the stunning new "Spirit" range by Lila Tueller which is soon to be released. Don't stop at just one - a jelly roll would make a whole family of these friendly sea creatures!

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1 Jelly Roll of "Spirit" by Lila Tueller.
A small scrap of wool felt in white and pink.
White, pink and dark brown 6 strand embroidery floss to match.
Good quality polyester toy fill.
A small piece of fusible web.
Strong polyester sewing thread.
Stuffing tools (I like to use a wooden skewer and paint brush).

Optional: Yo-Yo (Suffolk Puff) maker to make 3/4" yo-yos.

Download the Printer Friendly PDF at the bottom of the post. Print your templates and cut out all pattern pieces on the line.

Select 9 of your fabric strips to create your "Oopsie." The 9th fabric needs to have a lot of contrast with the other 8 to create suckers (yo-yo's) that really stand out. I chose to use the white spot on top of solid color prints for this purpose. Four of your body strips will create the body and the other four will create the 8 legs.
Once you are happy with your fabric selection, place the folded strips (other than your 9th strip) on your cutting board and trim off the selvage and fold. You only need 1/2 of each strip for this project.

Take the four strips that are intended for the body, and using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the strips together in order.

Until you have a pieced panel that looks like the following.

Fold your fabric panel in half, right sides together, so that all of the seams meet evenly. Now pin your body template to one half of the panel and cut the shape out.

Repeat with the second half of your folded panel so that you have four body pieces as per the following image.

Take two of your body pieces and sew them together along one side edge only, right sides together. I recommend that you always use polyester thread and a small stitch (approx 1 - 1 1/2) on your sewing machine for extra strength of seams. Repeat with your remaining two body pieces.

Now open out your body front and body back pieces. Place them on top of each other, right sides together, ensuring that all seams meet. Pin in place.

Sew the body front and body back together along both side edges, however this time please leave a 1 1/2" gap in one side edge for turning and stuffing. Turn right side out and put aside for now.

Take one of your leg fabric strips and fold it evenly in half, right sides together. Trace the leg template twice onto this folded strip. This will be a tight fit but make sure there is some seam allowance at both raw edges.

Please ensure that you transfer the gap markings and pin the fabric together to secure. Do not cut out as these legs will be sewn on the marked line.

Using a small stitch on your sewing machine sew the legs together along the marked lines, leaving the gaps as marked. Cut the legs out approx 1/8" outside the sewn line. Clip curves.

Repeat with your remaining 3 leg strips. Turn all of your legs right side out.

Take one of your legs and position the end opening so that the seams are now on top of each other. If desired please tack these edges together.

Keeping the leg opening in this position, pin or tack the leg to the bottom raw edge of your body. Please ensure that the top seam of the leg (without turning gap) is facing the right side of the body.

Alternating the print, pin all of the legs to your body in the same manner. 2 legs should fit side by side within each of the 4 body panels.

Using your sewing machine, tack all of the legs onto the body approx 1/8" outside the raw edges. Now turn your body inside out. Position the leg inside the body evenly so that the top edges are flat.

Take two lengths of one of your body strips (no need to cut accurately as long as they are minimum 4" in length), sew together along the length and press. Pin your body base template onto this and cut out the circle.

Fold the circle in half (seams together) and finger press so that you can easily see the quarter points.

Place your base right side down over the body opening and match one quarter point up with one of your 4 body seams. Pin in place and than continue this with each quarter.

Now also pin in place between each quarter. At this point I recommend tacking but this is optional.

Using a small stitch on your sewing machine, sew the base into the body. This stitching will secure the legs between the body and base seams. It is a good idea to sew slowly and rotate the body as you go to avoid puckering.

You will now have your completed body looking something like this.

Using a turning tool, turn Oopsie right side out through the gap in the body.

Stuff Oopsie's body firmly with good quality toy fill. If you want to create a great circular shape then it is a necessity to stuff very firmly. If you have used polyester thread and small machine stitches then do not be fearful to keep stuffing until it will take no more.

Sinking your knots, ladder stitch the opening closed with 2 strands of polyester thread (if you are unsure of how to ladder stitch and sink knots then please visit my blog and check out the "Tips & Tricks Tuesday Tutorials"). You may want to stuff a little more as you sew to avoid a dimple in Oopsie.

Turn Oopise upside down and then start to stuff the legs firmly, using the gap in the bottom of the leg.

Once all the legs are stuffed sufficiently, ladder stitch the openings closed.

Iron some fusible web to your scraps of white and pink wool felt. Trace the eye template twice to the paper side of your white wool felt and trace your cheek template twice to the paper side of your pink wool felt.

Cut the shapes out on the traced lines, peel the backing paper away from the fusible web, and position the eyes and cheeks onto Oopsie. Iron into place. I recommend that you use a medium iron or cover the shapes with fabric when ironing to avoid the felt melting.

Using 2 stands of white embroidery floss, blanket stitch the eyes into place.

Mark the mouth circle onto the face and then using the same white floss, satin stitch the mouth in place.

Mark the pupil positions and then create the pupil with a french/colonial knot using 6 strand brown embroidery floss.

Blanket stitch the cheeks in place with 2 stands of pink embroidery floss and then backstitch around your mouth with the same thread.

Using a yo-yo (Suffolk Puff) maker or by hand (please look up a tutorial if unsure), create 12 x 3/4" yo-yos out of your 9th fabric strip.

Using sewing pins, try different arrangements with four of the yo-yo's on Oopsie's body until you are pleased.

Also pin a yo-yo onto each of Oopsie's tentacles.

Using 2 stands of polyester thread, ladder stitch all of the yo-yos into place on Oopsie.

And voila! You have your very own Oopsie to love!

This pattern makes 1 "Oopsie" however a jelly roll will be sufficient to make a whole gang of these little cuties!



KarrieLyne said...

How absolutely adorable!!! I'm going to have to make one of these for my niece and one for my nephew!!

Thanks for an awesome tutorial!! :)

rockgranny said...

My only dilemma is to start sewing it today or tommorow.Thanks for an wonderful tutorial

greetingarts said...

Fantastic, as always! Thank you so much.

Lotta said...

Hi, I love it! It's a great little octopus and I'd love to make but I can't get the PDF to open.
Please, help me,
Lotta in Sweden

Ariane said...

I love it!!!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial!!! This would make wonderful Christmas gifts for little ones.

Sue said...

What a cute little octopus, I would love to make it but I cant get the printer friendly copy to open :(

Rose said...

So cute love it, thank you for sharing.

I too can't get the pdf to open, it says "The feature you requested is currently unavailable or under maintenance. Please excuse the inconvenience. We appreciate your business."

Theresa said...

He's absolutely adorable. I can't get the pdf to open either.

Anna said...

How cute!

Kelli said...

Well Melly!! I signed to this blog today, and got the most wonderful surprise! My favourite softie designer with a free pattern, so, all the way to US and then back here to me in Brisbane Aussie. Will be making one or two of these. xx Kelli

Marion said...

I can't get the Printer friendly copy open too.
Its very cute and i would sew it
many thanks to share it with us.

Kelly said...

Wow this is just perfect. My son has been asking me to make an octopus for him, and what is better than a Melly & Me Octopus! Love the name too, Oopsie! Sooo cute. Thanks Melanie!

I don't like to reiterate what others have said, but the printer friendly version isn't working for me either. :(

Heike R. said...

leider läßt sich der drucklink nicht öffnen. Wie schade. Sie ist so niedlich

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Lucinda said...

Gorgeous octo, would love to make it for a pregnant friend but the PDF is not linked right - get the 404 error, page not found :-(

Helen said...

Oopsie is adorable. I especially love the little yo yo barnacles.

Thanks so much for the pattern!

Philip, Melissa, & Summer said...

I love your patterns. Thanks for sharing this one. I am making it right now.

Keriann said...

Oh my goodness that is the cutest thing ever! I am redoing my 1yo sons room in Snorkel by cosmo cricket and this octopus IS going to be a PERFECT addition sitting up top a cute little shelf!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

allsewnup said...

How stinkin' cute is this little guy? WOW!! Thank you for sharing !
I'll be adding a few of these to my TO-DO list.


Michele said...

Adorable! Great tutorial!

Connie said...

This has got to be the cutest Bake Shop tutorial ever! I don't even have kids to sew for, but I'm making this one - for me.

P.S. The pdf download is working now. I just downloaded with no problems.

traceyjay said...

Oopsie is way too cute! :)

love it.

SarahB said...

So cute! Great tutorial!

Sunshine said...

thanks for sharing that cute pattern!

thelazyquilter said...

Yay! It the printable version is working now. Sooooooo cute! :)

lissa said...

Welcome Melanie,

Oopsie is adorable.


Rhonda said...

Hi Melanie, thank you so much, I have a babyshower to go to Saturday and I always take burp pads, receiving blankies, now I will bring something new! thanks so much for being so darn cute and creative.

Melly said...

Thanks all, so glad you like little Oopsie!

Gail J said...

WOW what a great tutorial, OOPSIE is just to CUTE. I wonder if I can get one done for a BABY SHOWER, the theme is Ocean's. Thanks for sharing. That is GREAT.

Gail :) said...

Oh Melly!!! What a gorgeous softie! You know I am going to make one. I love all of your cute creations. I am still working my way through the patterns in your book as well! Congrats on another cutie

Kristi Kelly said...

Cutest idea EVER!! Love the little yoyo tentacles!! What a great boy/girl gift!!! Would look really cute on top of a diaper cake:)

Jane said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. Oopsie is soooo adorable, I immediately made one for my little son.

nane said...

I love Oopsie! Thank you for the tutorial! I guess I know some kids, who will love it too :)

Amanda said...

Oh my gosh! That is sooo adorable!

TCahal said...

So super cute!! I am new to sewing just bought my first machine yesterday...this is probably well over my head right now but maybe in a little bit I can make an Oopsie too...my 3 year old will love her!! TFS :o)

Nathalie said...

So lovely! Thanks for sharing that lovely pattern and great tutorial!

Marjorie said...

I just made these are they are so stinkin' cute!! Thanks for sharing your awesome tutorial ;)

the Material Girls Quilts said...

This is so cute!! I am a yo yo addict so this is a must make for me!!

Rosy said...

This is sooo cute!!! Thanks so much for your willingess to share your pattern. A friend of mine made this and I absolutely loved it! It's going to be the perfect addition to a shower gift! Thanks again!


jillytacy said...

Very cute! My daughter thought this was adorable!

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

I don't think I can wait long enough for a grand kid to make these! I'll have to make at least one for my friends daughter! Love it!

Lisa said...

It's so cute and i want to do it.But I can't get this pdf.Please help me.Thank you so much. :)

Marie said...

I discovered the pattern this weekend, and couldn't help my self and made one with the fabric I had at home the result can be seen here http://mcvallet.blogspot.com/2010/10/skinny-leg-boopsie.html

Sabine said...

Thank you for sharing!!!!

Alice said...

Thankyou SO SO much for this pattern!! My little sister will love this for Christmas. And it was SO easy to make! Thankyou!

Maxien Fisher said...

Love it! I'm making his for Christmas presents. In love it and it's soo damn easy. I'm a beginner at all of this and I'm finding it easy to do. Thanks!

Maxien Fisher said...

I've finished :-)

I made. Mine with pink faux fur and made it much bigger than this one. I am yet to out on theeyes etc but iI'm so proud of myself as this is my very first stuffed animal..... If I knew how to post a picture I would.

Thanks so much for this. My neices and nephews are going to love their Christmas presents this year.

Claire- theSITSgirls.com said...

Oopsie is too cute! Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial!


rosa said...

Es precioso!!!!!!! muchas gracias por ompartir el tutorial Cariños desde Argentina Rosa