How to… make a beanbag bear

A long time ago, in a library far, far away (well The Sir Duncan Rice Library) we made some beanbag bears. We promised to post a How to…  a while back and here it is. Now you can make any assortment of small (or large) beanbag creatures.

 What you need:

  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • A felt tip pen or piece of chalk
  • Needle and thread
  • Felt  (black and white for a panda, brown for a brown bear, white and cream for a polar bear)
  • 500g of split peas
  • PVA Glue
  • Copy of our bear template

What you will need


1. Trace around the back and front template on light brown, and the dark brown for the nose and tummy. Try to be as felt efficient as possible as any excess can be reused.


2. Cut out the traced around shapes neatly and carefully.

Cut out shape

3. Thread a needle and sew the front and back pieces together, ensuring that the stitches are small enough so that split peas do not fall out. Leave a 5cm gap to pour the peas in.

Sew it up

4. When you have almost completely sewn the bear up, pour in the split peas in. You could use a plastic funnel to help with this step. Sew the bear closed.

Stuff the bear

5.  Now glue the bears tummy and nose. Add eyes and a more specific nose if you choose. Leave your bear to dry for half an hour, so that the pieces stick on.

Stick on facial features

6.  Love and care for your bear, and if you want, make him some friends.


Posted by: Alice (the volunteer)



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s