Sewing an Octocompass: Free tutorial and pattern

octocompass cover

Calling all Octonauts!  Today I’m sharing a tutorial on how to sew your own little Octonaut his/her very own Octocompass.  This project is a must for any Octonaut fan!  Trust me…my nearly-4-year-old hasn’t taken his off since I gave it to him, including at bed time!!

Here’s how it’s done…


  • Cotton fabric scraps (yellow and grey)
  • Felt scraps (white and red)
  • Velcro (2.5cm of 20mm width)
  • Iron on adhesive scrap (9cm or 3 ½ in square)
  • Toy fill/stuffing
  • Octocompass pattern template (download it here)


1)      First adhere the iron-on adhesive to a 9cm (3 ½ in) square of grey fabric.

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2)      Cut out fabric pieces as indicated on the template.  (I didn’t have white felt so I used pale yellow instead)

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3)      Adhere your grey piece of fabric onto one of the yellow circles by ironing it on, making sure it’s aligned in the middle.

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4)      Sew around the outside of the grey circle to reinforce it.  I used a blanket stitch but you could zig zag or even straight stitch on the edge.

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5)      Sew your two triangles of felt together using a 1cm (3/8 in) seam allowance.

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6)      Finger press the seam allowance open and then trim it down to 3mm (1/4 in) and clip the corners off so the seam allowance can’t be seen from the front.

7)      Sew the felt onto the centre of the grey circle by “stitching in the ditch” (sewing on top of the seam between the two pieces).  You should barely be able to see these stitches.

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8)      Take two strap pieces and sew them together, leaving one of the short edges open.  Repeat for the other strap pieces.

9)      Trim the seam allowances and clip the corners off.

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10)  Turn right side out and press.

11)  Sew on the Velcro, one piece on the end of each strap.

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12)  Place the “compass” right side up and lay one of the straps with the Velcro facing down so the raw edge pokes out over the raw edge of the yellow circle.

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13)  Take the other strap and lay it Velcro side up so the raw edge pokes out over the raw edge of the yellow circle on the opposite side.

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14)  Lay the other yellow circle on top and pin together.

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15)  Sew around the circle, leaving a 3-4cm gap on one side.

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16)  Trim the seam allowance down to 3mm (1/4 in) and clip the seam allowance all around the circle (but not at your gap), being careful not to clip the stitching. (I didn’t trim my seam allowance here but it will sit better when it’s turned right side out if you do).

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17)  Turn the compass the right way out and press.

18)  Stuff the compass with toy fill.

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19)  Handstitch the hole closed.

20)  TA DA!!!!  Mission complete!

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So tell me, are you going to make one? I’d love to see it if you do.

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