Introduction: No-Sew Octopus Costume

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This octopus sure knows how to accessorize! This Halloween, show your stylish side with a Socktopus costume. Choose your favorite knee socks and a hoodie to make this quick no-sew Octopus costume.

Age range: 4 and up

Level of difficulty for a child helping the adult with the costume: easy

Parental supervision recommended

Time needed: 1 hour

What you'll need:
  • Hooded sweatshirt
  • 4 pairs of knee socks (8 socks total)
  • Duct tape
  • About 30 plastic grocery bags
  • Craft felt sheets in black, white, and pink
  • Glue dots
  • Scissors
  • (optional) Rubbing alcohol

Step 1: Step 1: Make an Octopus Face

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1. Cut facial features from craft felt. For eyes, cut 2 large white circles and 2 smaller black circles. For the mouth, a crescent-shaped black piece, and a small pink piece for the tongue.

2. Glue facial features together with glue dots, and then onto the sweatshirt. They should be easy to remove after you're done with the costume.

Step 2: Step 2: Attach Octopus Legs

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1. Stuff 6 knee socks loosely with plastic grocery bags, leaving about 3" empty at the top.

2. Tape the 6 stuffed socks around the inside waistband of the sweatshirt. To anchor the sock to the sweatshirt, use a 4" piece of tape running vertically (up and down) over the edge of the sock and another piece of tape running horizontally (side to side) across the edge of the sock.

3. Flip the sock up and tape the other side as above.

4. Wear the last pair of socks with your costume when you dress up!

Note: I decided to use the child's legs as the last set of legs, but if you'd rather, make the sweatshirt with 8 legs, leaving your own legs out of the equation.

Step 3: Tips

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Have fun with your sock choices. They don't have to match each other!

Finding Socks: You can find colorful knee socks in the girls' or womens' hosiery section of your local department store, dollar store, or online, or use athletic socks for a sporty socktopus.

Reuse the Clothing When You're Done: When you're done with the costume, you can dismantle it and use the hoodie and socks again.

Don't Trip: Attach the front two socks, and then try the sweatshirt on to make sure the socks aren't too long. They should hang at or above the ankles so they don't become a tripping hazard.

Make the Costume Last: If you want the costume to be more long-lasting (like for a dress-up box), glue the facial features to the sweatshirt with fabric glue and sew the socks to the sweatshirt waistband.

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Mjg123456 made it! (author)2015-11-04

This is EXACTLY what I was looking for for my fourteen month old this Halloween! I stuffed the legs with poly-fill instead and sewed them in with one long running stitch (no skill involved whatsoever). It turned out great!!

evacooper made it! (author)2014-02-20

did this last year, sorry it took so long to upload pics. these are my 3.5 year old and 9 month old boys enjoying their octopus costumes! in the last pic he is pretending to swim.

dollarcraft (author)evacooper2014-02-21

So cute!! Definitely worth the wait for the photos! :)

evacooper (author)2011-11-02

so cute! i have to save this, my 2 y/o loves octopi...

dollarcraft (author)evacooper2011-11-04

This would probably be fun for dress-up time, too. :)

sunshiine (author)2011-10-31

Creative! Thanks for sharing.

dollarcraft (author)sunshiine2011-11-04

Thank you!

mikeasaurus (author)2011-10-30

I seriously love this costume.

dollarcraft (author)mikeasaurus2011-11-04

Thanks! I think you need the big boy version. :)

NoFiller (author)2011-10-30

So cute. I love it.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2011-10-30

So cute! And what an awesome way to reuse grocery bags :)

Thanks! I was pretty excited when I realized I could reuse the excessive collection of plastic bags I have in my pantry!

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