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Project

Stuffed-Animal Chair

Introduction

Upcycle old stuffed animals or Beanie Babies and make a delightful children's chair with this creative craft from designer Kelly Behun.

Resources

Corsage pins available from Jamali Garden Supply or your local floral supply store; all other tools and materials available at your local crafts- and sewing-supply stores; plush sharks available from The Jungle Store, Stuffed Safari, and The Big Zoo.

Materials

  • Stuffed animals or Beanie Babies
  • Small craft scissors
  • Chair or pillow of choice
  • 2 1/2- to 3-inch straight corsage pins
  • 2 1/2- to 3-inch heavyweight sewing needle
  • Sturdy thread
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Gather stuffed animals and/or Beanie Babies of various sizes, being sure there are enough to completely cover the surface of chair or pillow.

  2. Step 2

    With a small pair of scissors, carefully remove all tags from stuffed animals.

  3. Step 3

    Position animals and fasten into place with long straight corsage pins. Start along the outer edge and work your way inward, in layers, using the larger animals first. (Tip: Vary the orientation of the animals so they are not all facing the same direction.)

  4. Step 4

    Using a long heavyweight needle and sturdy thread, stitch animals to chair or pillow. Hot glue can also be used. (Tip: If it is difficult to push the needles through the stuffed animals, try using a thimble.)

  5. Step 5

    Fill in any remaining spaces with smaller animals, attaching them in the same manner as above. (Tip: Some animals, once sewed down, may also need to be stitched to each other, but do leave some arms, legs, tails, etc., free to move around.)

  6. Step 6

    Once completed, double-check that no glue is visible (if hot glue was used) and that all straight pins have been removed.

Reviews (10)

  • CS43004 31 Dec, 2011

    Finally, a use for all those beanies I've been holding on to. I made a large euro sized pillow for my toddler son. Because beanies are small, and I densely covered the pillow, I used about 100 beanies on the project. I selected neutral shades (plus a couple red ones for a punch of color)! Purchased a navy euro pillow from PB Kids, and covered the front only. Also, I used leftover cross stitch thread in colors matching the beanies. The pillow is stunning! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Suzie227 31 Dec, 2011

    I love the looks of the chair and I have lots of stuffed animals. Where do you get the chair? I looked at Pottery Barn for Kids and the chair is no longer available. Are there other sources?

  • hawk74467 28 Sep, 2011

    I will help you if you will help me. I want to make this chair out of Brown Bears - not black ones - just brown bears. If you have soft stuffed animal for your chair you are looking for let me know and I will see what I can do to help you create your animal chair. Thanks, Hawk
    redhawk74467@yahoo.com

  • DessertGourmet 27 Sep, 2011

    My (adult) sister has a collection of stuffed sheep that would make an adorable chair for my granddaughter but I'd like to show her a picture before I ask her to donate her collection. Can you post a picture, please?

  • fergieretired 27 Sep, 2011

    I loved the stuffed animal chair. A great gift for grandchildren. Could you post a picture of the chair on your site. I would like my daughter to see it before I start making one. Thank you.

  • UUjerri1 27 Sep, 2011

    Yes, it certainly *is* rediculous. So much so that I LOVE it! I may not make a chair, but we do have many stuffed toys for SoMtHiNg. It's cute I must say. BTW, can't we add things to our "collections" anymore?

  • UUjerri1 27 Sep, 2011

    Yes, it certainly *is* rediculous. So much so that I LOVE it! I may not make a chair, but we do have many stuffed toys for SoMtHiNg. It's cute I must say. BTW, can't we add things to our "collections" anymore?

  • dawnsmomma 27 Sep, 2011

    Can you add a picture of some done. Thank you..

  • dawnsmomma 27 Sep, 2011

    Thanks you Martha for the craft idea, I have hundred of beanie baby's, I am going to make my new tiny chihuahua for her to relax in during the day. All though she might chew on them, she is only 6 months old. So I might have to watch her real close for a while. I am going to go out and collect Chihuahua stuff animals and make a bed. too.

  • idratherbeskiing 27 Sep, 2011

    I love almost everything Martha, but this is ridiculous. It's really ugly and cluttered looking, and it will cost you hundreds of dollars to create if you don't already have all those beanies. It really doesn't look comfortable either!