Martha Stewart Living, April 2011
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.
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.
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
Yellow split peas
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.