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Attempting Aloha: Angry Birds Small Bean Bags - Free Printables

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Angry Birds Small Bean Bags - Free Printables


Just in case you're still looking for that fun gift for the guy in your life, I thought I'd share what my girls and I made for my husband today. Angry Birds rice-filled "bean bags" for launching with a sling shot into our pig towers!

These are SUPER cheap, too! The cutting is a bit tedious, but I had my little elves helping me out, and they were more than happy to help cut while I did the sewing and hot gluing. ;)

SUPPLIES for all 6 birds:

Patterns (at bottom of this tutorial)
Rice (or other filler)
Hot glue gun and sticks
Sewing machine / needle and thread
GOOD SCISSORS!! Lots of cutting
1 sheet red felt
1 sheet yellow felt
1 sheet orange felt
1 sheet white felt
1 sheet black felt
1 sheet blue felt

optional -
1 sheet gray felt -- I didn't have any on hand, so I used the light blue for the Bomb Bird's accents. I think it looks fine, but gray would be more accurate.
Thread in coordinating colors - I had white, red, blue, black, and yellow on hand, but just white would be fine  if that's all you've got. They're just toys, right? :)

I picked my sheets up at Hobby Lobby for $.25 each. A whopping $1.50 for this project!!

STEP 1: Print your pattern and cut out your pieces. Cut just inside the lines for the best fit. I'd do it one bird at a time to keep all the tiny pieces straight. It's annoying to lose a little piece!

STEP 2: Cut out your fabric. Be sure to cut two of the main pieces (circles for Bomb, Blue, and Red -- triangle for Yellow).

STEP 3: Sew your two main pieces together with 1/4" seam allowance. Keep an opening to turn it right-side-out.

STEP 4: Turn it right-side out and round your edges. Don't iron!

STEP 5: Lay out your face how you want it.

STEP 6: With the pieces all in place, take off one piece at a time to glue down. Trust me. It will make your life much easier.  And BE CAREFUL with those tiny pieces and hot glue gun. I highly recommend using a small, craft low-temp gun. You can buy them at Walmart for $2.

STEP ...uhh...I forget what I'm on:  Fill with rice. Felt isn't super stretchy, so it should keep a fairly flat shape.

My craft room was completely overtaken by birds and kids, so we dubbed it the "Build-A-Bird" workshop for the day. lol  Then (of course), my kids wanted to put little hearts in them. Since they're ANGRY Birds, they got black hearts. Ha ha

Then fold the top down and sew closed with the "hair" piece or bomb in place. Easy peasy!

As I mentioned, these are supposed to be for my husband for Christmas. We'll be heading to the Dollar Tree to find a sling shot like Meg at Brassy Apple used for her game.

And we'll be making these cans tomorrow for our towers.

I also love these plushies from Obsessively Stitching! But they seemed like much more work thank I was looking for and wanted the kids to really be involved. Plus they were a little larger than what I had in mind for the game. They are DARLING, though!

My kids wanted to make their own to keep and play with, so we ended up making 8 birds today!

Here is the pattern. Angry Birds is copyrighted by Rovio Entertainment. These patterns are my own. They are not to be used for commercial purposes. Personal use only. Live aloha. Play nice.

And if you do use my pattern, I'd REALLY love it if you'd leave me a comment letting me know. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I'd love it even more if you sent me a pic! ;)

All 4 patterns are included in this one download.

Other fun things to do with these:

* HAND WARMERS (Be sure not to microwave longer than 45 seconds. And if this is your intended use, I recommend using fleece and hand stitching the faces on rather than using hot glue.)
* And just plain cute little TOYS

Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka!



At December 22, 2011 at 4:24 PM , Blogger Steph said...

I am so going to try and make these for my husbands God-Son. Hopefully by Christmas...but who knows!! What a cute and very creative idea!! They look awesome and fun to play with too!!

At December 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

Very cute, my daughter will love these!! We will have to make them together one day. Thanks for sharing :)

At December 24, 2011 at 8:20 AM , Blogger Nancy Ward said...

I'm missing something...where is the link to the pattern downloads?

At December 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM , Blogger Andrea said...

Sucha cute idea! You really bring the game to life! Please share more great ideas at emosaicideas.com!

At December 27, 2011 at 7:30 PM , Anonymous Megan/Brassy Apple said...

love it! thanks for the shout out! :)

At December 28, 2011 at 8:25 PM , Blogger Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

I've just recently got addicted to angry birds...unfortunately I'm not very good at it!! Lol. At least your good at sewing, these birds are adorable!! :)

I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday. The party is up until Sunday! http://www.mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/12/your-whims-wednesday-39-and-features.html

At February 16, 2012 at 9:36 PM , Blogger Hani@Craftionary said...

I am addicted to angry birds.. This is amazing.. Love your angry birds.. :)

At February 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM , Anonymous Erika said...

Aloha & mahalo!

My son wanted an Angry Birds themed party for his sixth birthday and we were trying to figure out how to do a live-action game. I used your bean bags--we filled them with beans instead of rice though--and they worked. Love your pattern and site. (We made a sling shot and strung it between two of the poles in our basement. The kids and adults had a grand time with it, and now, it's a favorite indoor activity. Thanks for sharing!

At March 28, 2012 at 5:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My kindergarten students are going to love these!!!! I am going to use some small cylinder shaped blocks for pigs. Thanks for the cheap and easy patterns. I saw a commercial set of AG beanbags at a discount store, but they were expensive - $16.00 for the set!JoAnne fabrics, here I come!

At June 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM , Anonymous Redbrew said...

Perfect! My girl is having an "AB" bday party Saturday and we purchased fleece to do our stuffies (I make take home stuffies for the kids' goodie bags so all the kids get a 'gift') since it is so forgiving, but I didn't have in mind what to do about faces. From experience I will say fleece also hot glues very well... ALSO we are using the foam and cardboard packing inserts from various boxes to build our towers, they usually some in matching size/shapes. We are doing an outdoor game where one team builds a tower with a pile of parts and the other team knocks it down. I love the pig cans, those will be perfect and my daughter can do them herself! Yay, thanks! I'll try to remember to come back and post pics! Thank you!!

At October 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM , Blogger Kelly Braund said...

So cute! I'm gonna make these along with those "pig cans" as a set for my kids for Xmas!

At December 4, 2012 at 4:48 AM , Blogger em0138 said...

I can't find the patterns... am I missing something?

At December 9, 2012 at 10:26 PM , Blogger Misty said...

ok, I even switched web browsers to see if that was the problem but it didn't work...

There's no hyperlink for a pattern download that I can find?

I have no idea why as it seems several people were able to download it... any ideas?

thanks for the idea, these are super cute :-)

At December 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM , Blogger Attempting Aloha said...

So sorry! The site I was using to host all of my printables has shut down, and I don't have them anymore! I've put a request out on my FB page to see if anyone has one of them and can send it to me, so I can repost it, but so far no one has this specific one. :( I'll update you if/when I get a hold of it!


At December 11, 2012 at 9:02 PM , Blogger Misty said...

aww darn lol well, thank you for answering :-)

hope somebody has it lol


At April 12, 2013 at 6:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for inspiring me!


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