Since the creation of Beanie Babies kids across the nation have attempted to collect them all. How can you, though, when more and more are made every year? There are pandas, teddy bears, dogs, kittens – well, there are simply too many to list. Now, if you want to spend a fortune collecting those Beanie Babies, that’s your business, but if you can’t afford all that your child will just have to do without. Not! Your little one can still have a huge collection of beanie toys because you can easily make them yourself! They might not be the trademarked, original Beanie Baby toys but they’re still adorable and fun to play with.
You don’t have to break out the sewing machine or needle and thread to make your own beanie toys. What you do need, though, is a coloring book. That’s right, images from a coloring book can be used as patterns to make a huge assortment of beanies. Cut out pictures of pets, underwater creatures, a star – most anything. The best images are ones that are somewhat large and very simplistic in their designs.
Select the material you want to use for the beanie baby you’re creating. Fake fur, felt and fabric that doesn’t easily unravel are great. Fold the material in half so that the two wrong sides are facing each other. Cut around the pattern to create two matching pieces. Leave the pieces on top of each other and use fabric glue to begin attaching them.
It’s best to begin the gluing by taking care of legs and tails first. Glue almost all the way around the animal or other object then stop and add the filler. Dry beans, rice or peas work great but you can also use plastic pellets or things. In fact, if you want to make a softer version, just stuff the beanie with polyester filling. Don’t fill the object completely full; fill it about two-thirds of the way. If you’re having trouble finishing the gluing process because the beans or rice are getting in the way, take some of it out, glue until you have just a small opening left, then push the remainder of the filler through the hole.
You can add embellishments like wiggly eyes, whiskers and collars as you want. Use non-toxic fabric glue to make the animal as well as to attach the features. You’ll have a little trouble adding some of these things to long fur-type materials; clip the fur really short in the area where you want to glue eyes and such.
The finished beanies are just as much fun as the real ones but cost a fraction of the price. Young kids don’t know the difference so they’ll enjoy them just the same. If your objective is to collect Beanie Babies, go ahead, but if you’re just trying to make a fussy baby happy make your own beanies. They’re squooshy, they’re adorable and they’re unique!