Handmade gift idea: Chicken Bean Bags

If you have some kids on your Christmas shopping list this year and you’d like to do something homemade, I have just the thing for you: Chicken Bean Bags.  Because every kid needs some toss-able chickens, right?

Well, even if these bean bags are not the most sought after gift, they sure are cute.  I made these a few weeks ago for my nephew’s third birthday and they are perfect to link up to the Dare to DIY Homemade Gift Challenge!

I gave my birds some super cute tail feathers because, well, why not?  Actually, you might recognize the trim from Ike’s robot costume, and the fabric is from leftover squares from Lincoln’s quilt.  I’m all about using up those scraps leftover from other projects!  Plus, I like the idea of non-traditional chicken colors—helps build the imagination, don’t you think? (I’m not a child development expert, though, so don’t take my word for it.)

These are super easy to make if you have beginner sewing skills.  You essentially cut and sew two squares together, inserting the beak and other chicken parts into the seam before sewing.  Then you fill the chicken with rice and a small amount of polyfil before closing up the last seam.

You can see a full tutorial here (the pictures are so good and the instructions are clear, so there was no need for me to repeat the tutorial here!)  My chickens look a bit more complex because my fabric squares were made of two triangles, since they were left over from a quilt project.  And I added the “tail feathers” to the back (which made for a very easy way to close the last seam).

I’m planning to whip up another set for Ike’s stocking since he seemed to like them.  What do you think?  Any kids on your list that could use some chickens?  Oh, and if you’re looking for homemade gift inspiration, head on over to visit Michelle at Decor and the Dog for lots of inspiration at the Dare to DIY Homemade Gift link party!

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