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Project

Chick Beanbags

Introduction

Yellow split peas have a good texture for beanbags. If using cotton fabric, add a liner so the peas don't show through; with felt, this isn't necessary.

Materials

  • Bean Bag Chick template
  • Felt for body and accents (colored cotton fabric can be used for body, in which case white cotton is also needed), purlsoho.com
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Pinking shears
  • Funnel
  • Yellow split peas
  • Fabric glue

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Print the Bean Bag Chick template. Cut fabric rectangles larger than the egg template; you'll need 2 felt pieces, or 2 colored cotton and 2 white cotton pieces. Stack the pieces; if using cotton, stack them as you want them to appear on the finished chick, with colored fabric on top and bottom. Use disappearing-ink pen to trace the template onto the top piece. Stitch 1/2 inch inside the line, leaving a small opening at one end. Use a funnel to fill the shape with split peas. Stitch the opening closed. Trim along the line using pinking shears.

  2. Step 2

    For the beak, fold a small piece of felt in half; iron to crease. Place beak template on the fold, and cut out. Use wing template to cut 2 wings. Use screw punch to make 2 eyes. Glue on pieces.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2011

Reviews (6)

  • 30 Mar, 2012

    I'm just beginning at sewing so this probably sounds ridiculous, but can I do this on my sewing machine? I haven't sewed anything round before. I'm new!!!! :)
    Thanks!

  • 22 May, 2011

    I made 30 of these for the children at my church. They loved them! I used fabric but used felt for the wings and beak. I did sew the beak and the eyes on before sewing around the egg shape, attaching the wings with the machine. I used tiny black pom poms for the eyes. I wanted to make sure they didn't come off so I hand sewed them rather than using glue.

  • 13 Apr, 2011

    These are adorable! And they look so easy! :-)

  • 10 Apr, 2011

    For safety, especially with young kids, I think a French knot would be better using black thread for the eyes and yellow to attach the wings. I would use cotton fabric, not felt, for the wings and beak and sew the beak on before sewing the front and back together.

  • 9 Apr, 2011

    Where do you buy the eggs with the clear tops?

    carters grandmother

  • 9 Apr, 2011

    I'm confused about using the screw punch for the eyes. Can you clarify?