To celebrate Leap Year in style why don't you jump in and join us in making this adorable Fat Quarter Froggy? Did you play with bean bag frogs as a kid - we did and they bring back "hoppy" memories.
Jeannie made this little guy and wrote up the tutorial. You can find the pattern below. Download it to your computer and print it out. There are two pages and you need to join them so the lines meet. Don't overlap the paper. Just place them so the edges touch and the two lines that have been drawn meet.
What you need:
- A fat quarter of your choice. We've used Stonehenge - Maui.
- Two and a half cups of dried Black Beans.
- Two buttons for eyes. (You could also make eyes out of felt or fabric)
- Fat Quarter Froggy Pattern (Download available at the end of the post)
- Sewing Machine
- Pencil to mark the pattern if you're not using freezer paper
- Freezer Paper (optional)
Click here to printout the frog pattern: Frog Pattern
|Pin the frog pattern to the wrong side of the fabric. If you're using freezer paper place the waxy side on your fabric and iron so it sticks. This will keep your pattern from slipping.|
Sew almost all the way around leaving a small opening. The dotted lines on your pattern signify where you need to leave the opening to fill the frog with beans.
|When you are finished sewing clip the corners of the frog's outer fingers close to the seam.|
|Make small cuts with your scissors on the seam allowance along the curves of the frog - which is pretty much around the whole frog! This will give the frog a better shape when it's finished.|
|Turn right side out. I started with pushing one of the frogs legs through the opening first, then the other leg and then the hands.|
Since the opening is fairly small I made a small paper funnel to tuck into the opening so I could pour the beans into it.
|It took a little more than 2 cups of black beans for this project. Don't overfill or your frog won't be able to do any cool poses and won't feel as good. :)|
Hand stitch the opening shut.
Sew buttons on for eyes or make little felt eyes and you're done!
And now its time to play!
|Not so happy Froggy!|
|OK! We have an attitude!|
|Just Kidding! :)|
|I think I'll lounge for a bit.|