Well, the squid had a baby...
...in a matter of speaking.
Here is the birth story:
It all started with a couple pieces of fleece.
I divided the length into 8 triangular sections for the tentacles and roughly cut them out.
After pinning the fleece pieces together I sewed along the edges of the tentacles. Since I made the inner (red) triangles smaller than the outer (orange) ones the tentacles a bit of natural curl to them.
After folding the outer (orange) panel down, I folded the whole thing in half by matching up the outer (orange) side edges and the inner (red) side edges. I marked up a semi-circle on the inner (red) panel and then sewed around the edge of the semi-circle and down the outer (orange) side. After trimming around the semi-circle I folded up the outer (orange) panel and turned the tentacles right-side out.
Then came the eyes. I embroidered the black center of the eye onto a circle and then sewed a strip of fleece into a loop with the same circumference as the circle. This strip was then sewn around the circle's edge. A little stuffing and then the eyes were sewn onto the body.
It's starting to look cute, huh?
For the top of the squid I drew a semi-circle onto a piece of folded fleece. I also made some small triangles. I sewed up two of the triangles' sides and then flipped them right-side out.
The triangles were then sandwiched within the fleece of the squid top with the open side facing outward. I then sewed along the semi-circle, clipped the curve and flipped it right side out.
The squid top was then stuffed and pinned onto the squid body and sewn in place. I didn't sew directly on the fold itself; rather, I folded the edge of the squid top down about an inch or so and sewed there. This made a little "flap" where the squid top and body met.
For the large, long tentacles I folded long strips of fleece in half lengthwise and sewed up the side, leaving length at the top where I trimmed out a point. After turning the long strips right-side out I sandwiched a leaf-shaped piece of fleece between the pointed ends and sewed it in place.
All that was left was to tack the long tentacles onto the underside of the squid.
Voila! A baby squid was born!
...a baby squid that also makes a fun baby "hat!"