Friday, October 26, 2012

Craft ideas for preschool

Craft ideas for preschool

The yarn octopus has long been a favorite toy to make for kids, and I've made it into an even easier, and perhaps more cuddly, no-sew fleece octopus!

You'll need:
-16" x 16" piece of fleece
-styrofoam ball 3" in diameter
-3/4" wide ribbon
- felt scraps in white, gray, and black
-embroidery floss
-8" x 8" piece of quilting cotton for the bandana
-string (not pictured)

Measuring hte head

1. Place the foam ball in the center of the fleece square and wrap it. Get a sense of how long the fringe in the legs will be. Unwrap the ball and set it aside.
Cutting the fringe

2. Cut away a roughly 5" x 5" square from each corner of the fleece (this doesn't have to be perfect). Cut 6 snips along the remainng edges. The snips are about 5" in length, but don't have to be very neat or very exact, don't worry!
Pictures 3 and 4
3. Place the ball back in the center of the fleece and wrap it up. Tie it tightly in a double knot  at the neck with some string. Pull the fleece taught to smooth out the wrinkles.
4. To make a leg, braid three fringes together and tie off the end with a ribbon tied in a bow. (We held the head between our feet while we braided!) Continue until you have 8 legs.
Picture 5
5. Trim the ends of each leg so that they are neat and even.

6. Cut circles from the white felt for eyes. Cut slightly smaller circles from grey felt, and even smaller circles from black felt. Layer the eyes and glue them to one another, and then to the head.
7. Embroider a mouth with split stitch.
8. Optional: Hem an 8" x 8" square of matching fabric to make a bandana.
Put the octopus on your head and smile!

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