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Attempting Aloha: Dec 22, 2011

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!