We love Brown Bear and his colorful friends. When I saw this fabric panel, I knew we needed to make some bean bags.
There are several tutorials out there from better sewists than me on how to make bean bags. Also, a great photo of how to make an invisible seam from a juggler. What makes my bean bags different is that I cut along the squares and matched them up so that both sides had the same image. The one exception to this rule was Brown Bear himself – I went with the front and back cover images because the bear butt is adorable! I filled them with the cheapest light colored lentil I found at the Indian grocery, which is a great place to get cheap spices too. (We used turmeric for our Easter eggs this year, and it was a big hit!)
I used one of the leftover Brown Bears as an applique on a onesie for a friend’s newborn. Again, there are better tutorials out there than I could make. I also attempted to fix a stained shirt by sewing on the extra Blue Horse, and learned why fusible web is so important.
Another thing you could do with this fabric is make a memory game. Just get another fabric to use as backing, and make two of each animal.
Goose loves throwing, stacking, and stepping along the bean bags. It’s a great way to make the book come alive. What else would you make with this fabric? Share your ideas in the comments.