You need – 2 Hessian sacks (I bought mine online) Straw (from the pet shop), garden twine, an old plastic milk bottle, scissors, a darning needle, an old broom handle, a garden cane, marker pen, hat and props.
1. Cut one sack in half, from the bottom, to about two thirds of the way up to the top to make the legs. Cut the other sack in half, but all the way, this will be the arms and head covering.
2. Sew the legs, I used garden twine, leaving room to now stuff the broom handle between the legs. Stuff with straw.
3. Take one half of the other sack and cut a head hole in the long edge, put this over the broom. Sew along the the open length of the sack, first creating the left arm, then sewing around the body to attach to the legs. You will need to scrunch up the fabric of the ‘leg’ sack to ensure there is room left to sew along the length on the other side to make the right arm.
4. Stick a cane through the length of the arms and stuff the body and arms and then tie the ends with string.
5. Using the leftover half sack, cover the milk bottle in sack with the excess length under what will be the scarecrow’s chin. Stuff in some straw. You can either sew the head to the body, or just tie using the excess sack around the pole with string which gives a less Frankenstein like appearance!
6. Kids can add features with marker pen or with props. Excess sack bits can be used to make a nose, or perhaps a scarf.