Thursday, April 25, 2013


My son is super into squids right now. He wants to be a marine biologist, specifically studying the Giant Squid. He has decided upon his major, college choice, and future graduate work. This is awesome. Especially since he's 10. :) Granted, I picked my major when I was 12 (and got my degree in it) so it's entirely possible he'll see it through.

For now, he is constantly drawing squids, his pinewood derby car was a squid, and he and his best friend design submarines at recess everyday.  So, when I needed to come up with a birthday gift for him that could be made cheaply at home, I thought it'd be fantastic to make a stuffed squid for his bed. 

To say that he LOVES it would be an understatement. 

Personally, I'm rather proud of myself for thinking to use polka dot fabric for the suction cup sides of the arms and tentacles (he informs me that they're not all tentacles, only the long ones are). 

I didn't have a pattern, I just sketched out what I thought the squid should look like, added 1/2 inch seam allowances to my sketch, and cut it out.


It was a great scrap buster.  I used leftover polka dot fabric from this dress and gray fabric leftover from the Dumbledore costume from a couple Halloweens ago.  The eyes (one on each side) were made of felt I had in my stash. 
I sewed everything right sides together and stuffed it.  I basted it together as I assembled it, as working with all those arms was rather complicated--too complicated for pinning. 
I really love how it looks sitting on top of his green bedspread.  I'm proud of my little squid.  :)

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Kathleen said...

Very cool!

Jessica said...

I love it! Turned out so cute Jenny! Great job!!!

Jenni said...

Super cute!! It does look adorable on his bed!

Sarah Larsen said...

Hey there!! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated your super awesome blog for the Leibster Award! You can read the post here.

Great Job on your blog! I am looking forward to more posts!

Naptime Nothings

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

That is adorable!

Sarah Larsen said...

This is too adorable!!! Love it!

Love your blog! I just started a new blog (Naptime Nothings) and I would love for you to follow me back so that we can continue to share ideas!

Looking forward to more posts,
Naptime Nothings

Toni Barsi said...

This is adorable! Isn't it so much fun to see your kid's face when you make something they truly enjoy!

Susan Fidler said...

This is such a cute idea! It's such a fun little thing to be able to do! I'd love for you to come share it today with us on "Fidlin' Fridays" if you would like to! It's at

Look forward to following you!

Jennifer Hughes said...

Visiting from Let's Hear it For the Boys. I'd like to invite you to my Friday Flash Blog, where you can share your best blog entry of the week! The party goes on ALL weekend. And who knows, you may just get featured next week.


Emily Thompson said...

that is SOOO cute! pinned! I host a Tuesday link party that I would LOVE for you to join :o)
EMily @

Sara @ Mom Endeavors said...

Oh my goodness--I big puffy heart LOVE this!! I wanted to be a marine biologist for a while too (granted, giant squid were not my creature of choice ;))...I ended up being a high school biology teacher. I would have LOVED that in my classroom!
Thanks so much for linking up to Let's Hear it for the Boy!

Navy Wifey Peters @ USS Crafty said...

Really cute and cool squid!!!

Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

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