A simple pattern for DIY Sesame Street character softies, rice packs, or bean bags! This easy to follow tutorial can even be enlarged and used to make a Sesame Street character pillow. Elmo, Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and Grover. Who is your favorite?
Most of my hair brained ideas happen when I am supposed to be sleeping at night. This one was no exception. I made a small rice pack (the kind you can heat in the microwave) for my kids awhile back and Mac loves carrying it around. It is just the right size for his toddler fingers to hold on to. As I was laying in bed I thought that it would be fun to make him an Elmo one. Then I thought, why stop with Elmo? I’ll make him a Sesame Street collection! I wasn’t sure that he needed 6 rice packs, and then I wasn’t sure that he needed a rice pack at all. He just liked carrying it around because of it’s size. I decided that to make them softies (filled with pillow stuffing) so that he can cuddle with them.
These are the perfect size for Sesame Street bean bags too! So many possibilities.
And since these characters are so distinctive by the colors and the shape of their eyes, they are really simple to make without a lot of intricate details.
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DIY Sesame Street Character Softies, Rice Packs, or Bean Bags with Printable Template
Cotton broadcloth in a variety of colors
Felt scraps in a variety of colors
Look at them already coming to life!
Use the printable template to cut out the pieces for the desired Sesame Street character that you’d like to make. Use broadcloth for the main piece, and felt for the details.
Arrange the details (eyes, nose, mouth, eye brows) onto each face.
Note: you can use broadcloth for the details and zig zag around the edges to prevent fraying. You can also use fleece for the main piece and details. I like using felt because it is easy to work with and doesn’t fray.
Another note: please don’t laugh at my printable, ha! I’m not an expert, and it is hand drawn. These are so basic that you probably don’t need it too much, but it will help as a reference for size!
Fill with pillow stuffing, rice, or beans. Fold the edges of the bottom side over and pin in place. Hand or machine stitch the bottom opening closed.
I’m an enabler through and through when it comes to the things that my kids are interested in, and I don’t see that ending anytime soon!
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