Octopus Pillow

A good friend of mine is about to graduate with her master’s degree (she’s defending today!) and move off to D.C. to start a real job. As a congratulations-on-graduating/going-away preset, I made her this fun octopus pillow.

Felt octopus pillow

Once I came up with a sketch of an octopus I like, I traced the pieces onto the paper side of some wonder-under (a thin double sided fusible material I get at JoAnn). I used the ghetto sophisticated tracing method of taping them both up to a window. I then fused the wonder-under to three shades of purple felt and used my pre-traced lines to cut out the shapes I needed.

felt pieces for octopus pillow

After lining up the shapes to make sure that they lined up how I wanted them to, I fused them onto some white kona cotton. I also stitched them down with matching thread to make sure they’d stay nice and tight. As a bonus, from some angles the stitching puckers the tentacles just a little bit on the edges, which I think looks a little like the suction cups on octopus tentacles.

pillow back

I also found this awesome print at JoAnn that I think my friend will love. Its really slinky and shifty, so I used some more wonder under to attach it to some more white cotton so it would be a little more sturdy. I love how the fun backing peeks out from the sides of the pillow.

Purple octopus pillow

I sewed the pillow together and used an invisible zipper for the pillow insert. The pillow is 14″ by 14″, and the octopus is about 8″ tall. I love the little felt octopus!

8 thoughts on “Octopus Pillow

    1. I think you must make more of those pillows!! Love the butning idea too, how creative and versatile. Thanks so much for sharing! Love me some freshly made projects!

  1. Your octopus is so cute! The backing fabric really suits the front and you are so right about it looking great poking out from behind. What a wonderful gift to give your friend.

  2. This pillow is adorable!! Our kids would absolutely love this! We are so glad you joined our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

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