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I'm a big fan of octopi, squid, and other tentacled creatures, and I don't know how anyone wouldn't be. Using a pair of socks, some stuffing, and a needle and thread, you can create this nifty stuffed version that's perfect for kids or any other cephalopod-loving folk.
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Step 1: You'll Need. . .

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  • - a pair of socks (I went with knee-high argyle, and have plans to also make a sock-ta-pus with these super cool black knee socks with flames on them - I'll post pictures when I finish that one)
  • - scissors
  • - needle and thread (if you had a sewing machine, you could use it as well - it'd make this even faster and easier)
  • - pins
  • - stuffing/batting
  • - a knitting needle or pencil (to turn the legs right side out)

Step 2: Slice and Dice

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  1. Cut the toe portion and most of the foot off of one (just one!) of your socks
  2. Turn both socks inside out
  3. Slice the socks up the leg portion toward the foot (or where the foot was). You'll be cutting the leg portion into two equal width strips, but leaving the food portion intact
  4. Cut up the leg portion again to divide each of these strips into two - each sock will now be sliced into four portions

Step 3: Pin and Sew

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  1. Pin each strip right sides in to form a tube
  2. Sew along the edge of each strip being careful not to fully close up the leg-tubes
  3. Use a knitting needle, pencil, or other long thin object to turn the leg-tubes right side out
  4. Working a small bit at a time, push stuffing/batting down into the legs, being careful not to pack it in too tightly (the socks will stretch and it will look kind of weird if it's too tightly packed) - the knitting needle also helps to push the batting down if your socks are particularly long like mine were
i have a maltese named bodee
footer04 years ago
So are you a fan of the Cthulhu Mythos?
shesparticular (author)  footer04 years ago
Not a ton, but it's pretty cool none the less!
do you have a maltese
shesparticular (author)  softballch1k994 years ago
She's actually my sister's dog and is a Havanese.
komecake5 years ago
  I like the one that has the nubbies. :D

 I'm gonna make one of these soon. I love octopus'. I even have a stuffed blue ringed octopus I got in Tennessee that I love love love! :)
shesparticular (author)  komecake5 years ago
Thanks so much! Please post photos when it's done!
cocoaloco5 years ago
this is soooooooooooooooooooooo cool!! im making one right now!!
shesparticular (author)  cocoaloco5 years ago
Thanks, I hope it turns out great!
This is a great project for orphan socks... We all have them, and you could call it your orphan socktopus... Until you make it more buddies! Might be a great cat toy if stuffed with some catnip too... :)
shesparticular (author)  meganscottage5 years ago
Thanks so much for your comment! It'd be a great way to put those lonely socks to good use, and the catnip is also an awesome idea!
This is really hard to understand. Just thought i'd mention.
shesparticular (author)  Superhero-Apri5 years ago
I'm not sure if others agree, but do you have any suggestions that might help? I'd be happy to add more explanation if you clarify what is hard to understand. I've added a few illustrations of some of the steps - they're not great, but I hope they might help some.
Ah. There we go. Thank you.
shesparticular (author)  Superhero-Apri5 years ago
Glad they helped.
jbrecken5 years ago
I'm a little confused. On Step 2, we cut the foot part off of the socks, but on Step 4, it says one of them still has the foot? By the way, can you catch a socktapus with a fishnet stocking?
shesparticular (author)  jbrecken5 years ago
Awesome catch! I'm sorry about that - it was actually a typo (which in reading it again made no sense at all). Step 2 should have said (and now does) to cut the foot (really about 4 inches of the toes) off of only one sock. This is then what gets tucked into the whole foot of the other sock in Step 4. Hmm, that's a good question - it just might work I think.
ChrysN6 years ago
It's so cute, cool idea to make it from a socks!
shesparticular (author)  ChrysN6 years ago
Thanks so much! The knee socks actually ended up being a little bit long (I think at least), so normal socks would probably work really well.
kissiltur6 years ago
What a fun idea - thanks. Now to make Sock Cthulhu! Maybe keep the foot on both socks and then splice the two together to make a more squamously oversized Cthulhu head...
shesparticular (author)  kissiltur6 years ago
Thanks! I bet you could just not slice quite as far into the leg portion of the sock when you cut the strips to make the legs - that way you'd have a larger portion for the head. Please do post pictures if you give it a shot!
Sandisk1duo6 years ago
very well made when i first read it, i thought it said "shock-ta-pus"!
shesparticular (author)  Sandisk1duo6 years ago
Thanks so much! The stitches got a little stretched, but I think overall it turned out really well.