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Project

Braided Octopus Doll Craft

Braid colorful strips of fabric to make a bright detail for a dress, or strands of cotton yarn for a cuddly creature's legs -- all eight of them. These projects are simple enough that kids can help.

Materials

  • Organic cotton yarn: Pakucho Sport, from Purl Soho
  • 2-inch Styrofoam ball
  • Scissors
  • Needle and black thread

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Gather supplies: A skein of yarn, scissors, and a 2-inch Styrofoam ball.

  2. Step 2

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    Untwist skein of yarn; use 1 strand to cinch its center. Place on a 2-inch Styrofoam ball.

  3. Step 3

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    Spread the yarn over the ball. Tie another strand beneath the ball. Cut through bottom loops of yarn, creating a tassel.

  4. Step 4

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    Divide strands into 8 sections; braid each, and tie ends. Trim legs to even. With black thread, sew eyes on the head by stitching over 3 or 4 pieces of yarn.