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baby Octopus Project: Donation Guidelines

In order to ensure that #babyoctopusproject donations are consistent quality, the following guidelines will be strictly enforced:


  • Dolls must adhere to the crochet pattern or the knit pattern provided by Connecting for Kids. Improvised dolls or dolls made from other patterns will be rejected.
  • Donations must be made from approved yarns and stuffed with new, 100% hypoallergenic, polyester fiber fill (see approved materials list).
  • Dolls may be embroidered, but those with additional decorations (separate eyes, sewn-on buttons, bows, etc.) will be rejected.
  • The base must be crocheted as a separate plug and then sewn closed. Do not decrease to close.


  • There should be no holes where fill is exposed in the completed dolls.
  • A standard H (5 mm) hook (blunt end) cannot be inserted into any holes in the octopus.
  • Donations must be clean, free of human/pet hair and can have no odor.
  • All ends (including embroidery) must be securely knotted and woven in.
  • Dolls with color changes mid-tentacle will not be accepted.


  • Completed dolls should measure between 2 and 2.25 inches from base to the top of the head when placed next to a straight ruler.
  • Stretched tentacles should measure between 2.75 and 3 inches long.
  • The base plug should measure between 1.5 and 1.75 inches, including seam.

Need more help? Check out the video below (knit video coming soon!):

Donation Guidelines & Submission Worksheet

Download a copy of the donation guidelines and submission worksheet to keep handy while you stitch.

Need Help?

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Get Started!

To donate your completed dolls to the #babyoctopusproject, please review the following links:

Call, text or email:

Phone: 1-440-570-5908
Email: info@connectingforkids.org


P.O. Box 45372
Westlake, Ohio 44145

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