Animal Bean Bags

Animal Bean Bags Tutorial & Free Printable | A Tried & True Project

I’m going through a bit of a funk right now. You know, perfectly normal but a funk, nonetheless. I’m thinking it’s a combination of stretching myself a little thin in the creative department and also wanting to be outside with the boys more lately. I’m not too worried, creativity always comes back, just need to relax a bit and open myself up to inspiration, right?

Make these Animal Bean Bags with a Tried & True tutorial and free printableSo, until I’m back to my old crafty self, I thought I would share a fun tutorial from a couple years ago that I forgot to post. Make your own Animal Bean Bags! 50% animal, 50% bean bag, 100% loved by kids!

Animal Bean Bags

Wool Felt
Fabric Stabilizer
Sewing Machine
Filler (beads, beans, etc)
Fiber Stuffing
free Animal Bean Bag printable!


1. Use the free Animal Bean Bag printable to cut out all the shapes. Depending on the type of felt you bought, you may want to add stabilizer to the back of all the squares. I used your basic cheap felt and the bean bags eventually lost their shape. I’m thinking that if you use wool felt, this shouldn’t be a problem so go wool. It’s prettier and better anyway!

Animal Bean Bags from Tried & True | Cut2. Sew around edges of nose, leaving a small opening. Insert a small piece of Polyfil and then sew shut.

Animal Bean Bags from Tried & True | Stuff andSew

3. Top stitch the rest of the nose detail. (Bear: mouth, Pig: nostrils, Elephant: wrinkles)

Animal Bean Bags from Tried & True | Close

4. Use french knots to make eyes. Sew the ears on either to the top if you’re making the bear or the pig (fold in pig’s ears as you sew). Sew Elephant ears to the side.

Animal Bean Bags from Tried & True | Add Eyes

5. Begin sewing your cube together by stitching two of the squares’ sides together, leaving a .25″ allowance on the top and the bottom. Extremely important not to sew to close to the edges! You won’t be able to attach the top and bottom square if you do.

Animal Bean Bags from Tried & True | Sew Sides

6. Finish assembling the entire cube, making sure to leave an opening in one of the sides to add the filler.

Animal Bean Bags from Tried & True | Finish Cube

7. Use a funnel to add the filler of your choice. (Turns out, lentils make more than good soup!)

Animal Bean Bags from Tried & True | Add Filler

8. Fold open edges under and hand sew shut.

Animal Bean Bags from Tried & True | Sew Closed

9. Just try to keep your kid away from these long enough to take a picture! Because, while you may think these bean bags are adorable, they think they’re absolutely irresistible!

Kids love to play with the Animal Bean Bags from Tried & True

Animal Bean Bag tutorial to delight your kids!

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  1. these are so adorable vanessa. would make some great gifts!

  2. These are darling Vanessa…enjoy your boys. Inspiration will return. I have phases like this more often than not these days! Happy Easter…Ann

  3. Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspired @ Setting for Four. I pinned your lovely beanbag animals to our group linky pinboard!
    I hope you are having a fantastic Easter, and can join me Monday evening 8 pm EST for Project Inspired #8! 😀

  4. These are so cute! I am using these for a project with my junior high FACS class because it has both machine and and hand sewing skills and the pictures will make it super easy for them to follow. Thanks for the post!

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  6. >.< I didn't know where to buy wool felt so I bought polyester….mehh I hope they turn out good :l my friends baby shower is tomorrow and I'm making them for her baby girl. I feel like an idiot but what is a stabilizer?


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