How to make a bean bag frog

Order a kit for £5 or download your pattern and follow the instructions below. Alternatively email us to order your kit.

If you are a keen naturalist you will most certainly know that around Spring these little hopping creatures are transforming from wee tadpoles to the delightful croaking frogs we love to see in our gardens and park ponds.

Once you have followed our simple instructions and made one up, you can start to be creative, making in different fabrics. Make sure you send us your photos or tag on Instagram #craftcultureclubmakes

Some awesome facts about the frog

  • There are over 5,000 species of frog
  • Frogs don’t need to drink water as they absorb it through their skin
  • A frog’s call is unique to its species and some frog calls can be heard up to a mile away
  • Some frogs can jump over 20 times their own body length – that is like a human jumping 30m.

Now let’s create our bean creature!

What’s in the kit

  • A fat quarter of 100% cotton fabric, we have used lovely poplin as this will be super simple to sew. But you can use any light to medium cotton, craft cottons are great and don’t forget you might have some scraps of fabric from previous projects or upcycling fabrics from clothes can be a great option too.
  • Pattern with instructions
  • Two beads for the eyes

Equipment & materials (You will need to gather the following)

  • Sewing machine – if you don’t have one you will need a regular sharp hand sewing needle
  • Matching thread colour either cotton or polycotton
  • Dressmaking or sharp scissors
  • Pins
  • Fabric marker or tailor’s chalk
  • Bean filling – we used dried lentils, but any small pulses or rice are great to use. You can use a traditional plastic toy bead but these are not so friendly to the environment and we want to help keep the planet healthy, so try one of our suggestions.

FUN FACT – Fat Quarters

A fat quarter traditionally is one fourth of a yard of fabric, yards are no longer used in the UK. A yard was 36in so a little shorter than a metre of fabric. A yard of fabric is cut into four pieces and would roughly be 18 x 22” or 45 x 55cm approximately.

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