Creating sock toys is an excellent way to dispose of those odd socks that seem to accumulate, and there is nothing cuter than a sock octopus. A large man's sock is best for this project, and tube socks are the very best. However, the pattern can be adjusted for use with smaller socks. Sock toys are also an inexpensive way to entertain young guests who have arrived without toys. Older children can help, too.
Stuff the toe of a large sock with acrylic fibre fill. Tie a piece of yarn tightly around the sock just below the stuffing to form a neck. Stitch through the neck part several times, securing the string so that it will not come loose during play.
Divide the top of the sock into eight pieces. Mark off the sections with straight pins inserted vertically at the top of the sock. Cut downward from each straight pin through the sock top to the string tie. Stitch each of the resultant pieces into a tube, using an overhand stitch.Stuff each tube with acrylic fibre fill, tamping it down with a stick or knitting needle. Sew up the bottom of the sock. If the sock is too small to create tubes, leave the leg pieces flat.
Create features on the head part. There are several ways you can do this. Sew or glue goggle eyes to the head part. Add a triangle of felt to represent the mouth-beak, or embellish with humanoid features made of felt. Embroider features onto the head using needle and embroidery thread, or draw the features using a permanent marker.