11 January 2011


I can't remember now what exactly gave me the idea to make a socktopus for my cousin for Christmas, but at some point I decided it would be the perfect gift. You may still be thinking, "Socktopus...what in the world is that??" That's perfectly normal because I haven't seen a whole lot of socktopi floating around.

A socktopus (plural: socktopi - hey I get to create the plural form if I made it up, right?) is based on the concept of a sock monkey, but it's an octopus instead of a monkey...I'm thinking that last part might have been obvious by now, but there you have it in case you were still wondering.

I wish now I had taken pictures during the process, so I could make sort of a tutorial. Unfortunately, I can be a little overly focused when I'm making something and the fact that I might want to remember how to do it later / blog about how I made it didn't even enter my mind at the time. I started with four new pairs of socks. It was a little tricky trying to find cute knee socks in boyish colors, but it worked out in the end. I used fairly thin socks, and it might work out a little better if you can find thicker socks to use. The socktopus will probably feel sturdier with thicker socks.

Ok, now that I've started writing steps two different times and ended up erasing them I realize it's a little too complicated for a short blog post. Basically I used the tube part of all of the socks for legs - you get 2 legs per tube. For the body, I attached two feet from one pair of socks. I left one of the socks I used for the head completely intact (meaning I didn't cut the tube off, so those two legs were already attached to the body). Then I stuffed everything and attached everything. I used a book on how to make sock monsters that Hubs got me a couple years ago to figure out how to make the mouth.

So there's the very quick and dirty explanation. :) Confused? Well I would be if I hadn't made the thing! If you want to know how to make it, I can give you a more detailed explanation. It really isn't that hard because I had only used my sewing machine a few times before I did this. Hopefully everyone hasn't totally given up on me at this point because now I'll finally get around to pictures!

Just chillin' in my office chair.

Socktopus waiting to be wrapped for Christmas.

Thankfully, the present was a hit. Although I'm not sure who liked it more, my cousin or everybody else. Hard to say since he can't talk yet, but I'll take the slobbering all over socktopus' head as a good sign!


  1. Love it- that little smile is the best part! Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter!

  2. Cute~~ I love it~~New follower from the Fun Friday Blog Hop~~I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog~ Under my crafts section I just put a how to for making a pretty Candy Wreath it's super easy & takes little amount of time.


  3. What a cutie! I especially love the name :)

    If you get a chance tomorrow or Sunday, I'd love for you to link this up to my Not "Baaad" blog hop! There's a contest each week for the best post :)

  4. I adore it well done. I have just made a love sock monkey over on my blog tina x x

  5. This is just darling! Thanks for sharing

  6. OHHH my goodness I adore him! I would love to know how to make the mouth. Really I would!!1

  7. Alright I don't sew, but I've fallen in love with Sock Monkey's hot cousin. I'm sooo trying this (how cute would it be for a baby shower??? I'm dying.)

  8. BTW.. I read this the other day but was thinking about him today... you should totally make an etsy store to sell these guys!

  9. Susan,
    Brilliant! He's adorable!
    happy crafting!

  10. Love this- so dang cute :)


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