Want to make a bean bag frog? Here is a step-by-step article that will give you all the information you need to make this simple fun project. Whether you are young, young at heart, a teacher, parent, or child, I am sure you will enjoy this plush frog project. The end result is a stuffed animal as well as a bean bag, which makes this toy more versatile since you can use it let me various games too. So let’s get started–but first, let me share with you a bit about this special pattern.
My Froggie Pattern
I received this bean bag frog pattern years ago when I was a boy. One day my mom was sewing, and as I looked down at her sewing basket, something caught my eye. I asked her what it was I saw folded up inside that basket. There it was–what I now call Froggie– this pattern I’ve had so long. Mom unfolded the yellowing paper she had clipped out of a magazine years ago. She described to me how to make this frog from the simple instructions printed on this paper amphibian friend.
I took the pattern and tried it out. It was fairly easy. First, Mom showed me a simple sewing stitch, and I hopped to it, seeing if I could make this whimsical green friend. All went well. Before sewing it shut, Mom let me have some dried beans to partially fill this bean bag plaything. Then she showed me a slip stitch so that I could sew up Froggie to complete the project.
Afterwards, I played with my bean bag frog, even throwing it into the air and catching it. Feeling the beans in my fingers and palms and palms as I caught it made it more fun to catch than if the toy frog were simply stuffed with fiberfill–and the tactile sensation thrilled me. Since then I have made many more bean bag frogs (some to sell and some as gifts), but there is something special about that first frog that was quite special.
Gather the Necessary Materials
Well, enough about me. Let me share with you how to make a bean bag frog. First things first: Gather the necessary materials. This is a very simple project that requires very few materials. It can even be made from scraps and remnants from other projects.
- fabric of your choice (cotton prints, solids, felt fabric 15″ x 19″)
- 2 buttons (½” diameter) or safety eyes
- fiberfill stuffing
- beans, rice, or poly pellets
- (optional) 4 mm extra thick yellow felt (for crown if making a Frog Prince doll)
Look at these pattern pieces and the dimensions. Cut them out of paper.
I have found free patterns on the computer just as I am offering mine to you. You can simply take tracing paper, apply it to your computer screen, and trace. Depending upon the size of your computer screen and display ratios, it may need to be enlarged. This can be done by using graph paper. To learn how click here: https://www.wikihow.com/Enlarge-a-Square-Grid-Sewing-Pattern-from-a-Book
Once you have your pattern pieces cut out of paper, you can use the pattern to make as many bean bag frogs as you like.
Directions for Making Your Bean Bag Frog
1. Trace and Cut. Set the pattern pieces on the wrong side of the fabric. Trace around pattern pieces and cut out. For frog bottom, cut 1; for frog top, cut 2. If using felt or woven fabric, it will not matter which side of the fabric you trace your pattern. For printed fabrics, be sure to trace onto the wrong side of the fabric. Add stitching lines by drawing them onto the fabric or by using the tracing transfer method.
(See pattern pieces above.)
2. With right sides together, stitch the two frog body tops together along center seam. This will make a combined piece equal in size to that of the body bottom.
3. With right sides together, stitch frog body top piece to frog body bottom, leaving open between the dots.
4. Fold on solid lines near eye placement bringing dotted areas together. Stitch dotted line. Repeat step 4 for other eye.
5. Clip curves with scissors. Turn right side out. Stuff arms and legs with fiberfill stuffing. Fill the remainder of frog about 1/2 to 3/4 full with poly pellets. Fill remainder loosely with fiberfill. Use your own judgment as to the desired firmness. Use less stuffing and poly pellets for a looser beanbag feel. Use more for a more firm feel.
6. Sew buttons to eye placements. If using safety eyes, follow the instructions provided when purchasing. This usually means piercing a small hole in the fabric and pushing plastic eye screw piece to the clasp backing with the fabric between the two plastic pieces.
7. Sew the remaining opening closed using the invisible stitch or slip stitch. I prefer the invisible stitch (hidden stitch).
Frog Prince Variation
If you decide to turn this bean bag frog into the Frog Prince, I would stuff him a bit firmer. You will also need to add a crown. The following steps will show you how to make the crown:
- Take extra thick yellow felt (4 mm) or craft foam. Cut a rectangle about 8 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.
- Draw a triangle pattern at the top 1/3 of the fabric. With scissors, cut along those triangle lines.
- Roll the felt or foam and stitch the ends together.
- Stitch the crown to the frog head.
Drum Roll, Please
Wallah! (That’s French.) Tad-ah! We’re done! Now you can make a bean bag frog or your very own Frog Prince! If you liked this post, you may very much like this other post of mine all about the story of the Frog Prince and the important lessons contained within it: Frog Prince Fairy Tale.
You may also want to read the story of the Frog Prince in its entirety. Something fun to do is to read the original story and show the stuffed animal as you tell it. You could even use him in a puppet show once this whimsical bean bag is completed.
Now, …if only we had a princess doll. Another project for another day perhaps.
Let Me Know Your Thoughts
Please let me know your thoughts about this project as well as any ideas you may have. I would enjoy hearing from you. And don’t hesitate to let me know how it went. Well, I best be hopping along. Until next time, I hope you are able to create something special–one stitch at a time.