Bean Bag Froggies
by Juliet Mascarenhas
This little froggy is simply "full of beans"... pun intended :-) All it takes is a little sewing skill, coloured fabric or felt and some beans to make these frogs. If you like playing with beanie babies, then this craft is just for you. You can watch your "favie froggies" perform all their cute antics and never get hurt. Better still, they are ready to sit and watch patiently whilst you study or they are ready to leap around with you on the floor ...
This Project requires basic sewing skills. Younger children can seek
the help of older siblings or a parent. Rice can be substituted for
beans for a fuller look.
Dark Line : Stitching Line
Dotted Line : Cutting Line
The final stitched project
- One piece green felt or fabric, one piece yellow felt or fabric (body)
- Thin strip of red felt or red wool or red ribbon (mouth)
- Two large wiggly eyes or two large buttons (painted to look like eyes)
- Sewing machine OR needle and thread
- Rice OR very small beans (about 2 cups)
NOTE: Do not overfill the frog so that it sits floppy enough.
- Print the frog template onto ordinary paper.
- Place the template onto the green felt or fabric and trace around the template with a pencil. This is your stitching line (see step 1). Now, leave a 1 cm gap all around the stitching line and cut carefully all around with a pair of sharp scissors (the cutting line) (see step 2) The green side is the upper side of the frog.
- Place the template onto the yellow felt or fabric and trace around the template with a pencil. This is your stitching line (see step 1). Now, leave a 1 cm gap all around the stitching line and cut carefully all around with a pair of sharp scissors (the cutting line) (see step 2) The green side is the under side of the frog.
- Place the two body pieces together and sew them together using a sewing machine or back stitch leaving a 1 inch space at the top (the mouth) to stuff in the rice or beans.
- Turn the frog inside out.
- Pour in the rice or beans into the mouth opening using a funnel or paper cone if necessary.
- Stitch the mouth (the opening) neatly and carefully.
- Stick the wiggly eyes or buttons (to appear like eyes).
- Stick the thin strip of red felt, wool or ribbon across the mouth.
Now watch your "favie froggy" perform his antics! Pick it up at the waist and gently prop up your froggy in different postures.
Download the Bean Bag Frog Template here.
Enjoy! See you again, next week ...
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