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April 2, 2013

This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Beanbag Animal Sew-A-Long Edition

by Betty Crafter


I decided it’s high time for another “Craft Along with Betty” segment! This time I’m making something out of 1972’s Better Homes and Gardens Gifts To Make Yourself.


I’m itching to make one of these felt beanbag animals. I had a hard time deciding between the purple hippo and the blue cow but in the end, that purple hippo with the adorable little flower on her forehead just couldn’t be denied! I’m especially excited about this project because the intro promises “These colorful beanbag animals are fun to watch, play with, and even toss in the air.”
Fun to watch?? Sign me up! I can’t wait to see what silly antics my silly hippo gets up to! What can I expect to see? Juggling? Stand up comedy? Musical theater?? You better not disappoint me hippo…

Anyhoo, for this project we’ll need:
* Purple, lavender, red, and white felt
* Green and yellow embroidery thread
* Black safety eyes or black embroidery thread
* Beans

Gather your supplies and meet me back here next week to see if we can pull this thing off!

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3 Responses to This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Beanbag Animal Sew-A-Long Edition

  1. Diane Dempsey Reply

    April 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

    See the clock in the second rod across? My Mom made that and I grew up looking at it for most of my life! So often I see these ideas that were common place in our house in Betty Crafters blog entries. Such fun!

    • Betty Crafter Reply

      April 2, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Diane that’s so funny! I have that clock hanging in my house too! It’s actually the inspiration for the crewel design I’m currently working on. Can’t wait to show it to everyone!

  2. tammyCA Reply

    April 4, 2013 at 12:18 am

    The felties are very cute. I love making little felties/ornaments. The wool blend felts are better to work with (and feel better) than the polyester felt at the craft stores. Plus, I think the wool blends have better retro colors.

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