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Chick Beanbags

Photography: Anna Williams

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2011


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.


  • Felt for body and accents (colored cotton fabric can be used for body, in which case white cotton is also needed),

  • Disappearing-ink pen

  • Pinking shears

  • Funnel

  • Yellow split peas

  • Fabric glue


  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. 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.

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