My Ninja Bean Panel is now available for purchase at Spoonflower! They are based of off my Mochi Studios’ Ninja Bean handmade plush dolls found here. You can make two of each Ninja Bean from 1 yard of fabric! You would need to order at least 1 yard of fabric otherwise part of the panel will be cropped if you select a smaller size. Note that the default size selection is a fat quarter, so you would need to change the selection to “1 yard (42″ x 36″)” and also select “Quilting weight” fabric.
Here’s a tutorial on how to sew your own Ninja Beans!
- Ninja Bean Panel from Spoonflower
- Black thread or thread to match
- Stuffing (aka Polyfill)
- Sewing Machine (or sew by hand)
- Hand sewing needle
Step 1: Cut out the front, back, and the two side bandanna tie pieces. We will using a 1/4″ seam allowance so you cut out the pieces exactly on the edge or at most less than 1/4″ outside fo the edge.
Step 2: Place the two side bandanna tie pieces right sides together and sew along the pointy edges, leaving the flat side open. Clip corners.
Step 3: Turn the sewn side bandanna tie piece inside out. Then Baste the side bandanna tie piece to the front bean piece with the points pointing towards the face and the raw edges lined up.
Step 4: Place the front and back bean pieces right sides together and sew around the perimeter of the bean, leaving a ~5″ section unsewn for turning inside out. Be sure to backstitch at the start and end of your sewing.
Step 5: Clip the seam allowance of the curves around the sewn parts of the bean like below. Do not clip the unsewn section. Be careful not to cut through your stitching. Clipping the curves will give the seams a smoother appearance when you stuff your bean.
Step 6: Turn the bean inside out through the opening that you left unsewn. Stuff generously with stuffing until your bean has the desired plushness. Tuck in the seam allowance of the opening and hand stitch close the opening using a ladder stitch using coordinating thread. I couldn’t get a good picture of this step, so here are some good tutorials on how to stitch a ladder stitch:
Step 7: You’re done! Here’s the completed Baby Ninja Bean!
The instructions for the Girl Ninja Bean is exactly the same except you skip steps 2 and 3 and use the rectangle that matches her obi in the back for whatever you want.
Soon, you will have a whole family of Ninja Beans to enjoy and share!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or leave a comment below!
Also, let me know if you made your own Ninja Beans! I’d love to see them! You can also add your pics to the Mochi Studios Flickr group!