Once upon a time, I had a beautiful frog bean bag my grandmother made for me ( and all of her other grands!) I slept with it on my pillow every night.
You just never know where your prince will come from , you know!
He was made with heavily textured fabric on top and a leopard flannel under.
The flannel gave way
and the beans were bug infested so he went in a box
and that was that some 40 years ago.
His glass button eye suffered an injury also.
I searched my button box and some of the buttons I inherited from her
but to no avail!
A quick call to Mom and she came up empty also!
I decided to do a dissection and replace the old flannel
since my mom had given me a scrap from Gram's stash long ago so I could do this surgery.....
See some of the old bean detritus still inside!
When I removed the mouth stitching,
I found that is where my Gram had closed up the opening
after filling with beans here!
Interesting to see the inside and how she constructed him!
(55 years ago, mind you!)
I then washed frog's skin-he was looking a little frazzled
but after a good press, he was ready for the new belly!
Here is a hint to anyone trying to sew two odd shapes together,
especially in stuffed animals and such;
only cut one layer to shape and leave the other a lot larger.
Then you stitch around the cut pattern
and trim the other with pinking shears to remove the extra fabric
and to snip for curves at the same time!
No holes or missed alignments this way!
I did remember to make a pattern so I can make this frog bean bag for some more hopeful children!
Here is what I filled him with!
And now he is all refilled and ready for his new eyes which I haven't purchased yet!
He was hugged right away to welcome him back !
My grandmother was a prolific seamstress and I loved everything she made me!
Was there handmade in your life from an early age?