Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Colorful {Bean bags}

So with Christmas coming up, and having three kids and very limited funds, I decided that I would try to make the girls some of their gifts mostly out of stuff I already have. A friend of mine was making some bean bags for her son and it gave me the idea to make some for my 21 month old. Being the third child I haven't worked with her like I did with the first two, so I decided to make some to teach her colors. 

It's a seriously easy project, and she saw them this morning and threw a monster FIT when I took them and put them in the closet with the other Christmas stuff . . . so apparently they will be a big hit.
{The journey . . .}
Cut out two of each color in the size you want them to be {adding 1/2" to account for the 1/4" seams}. I cut them 3"x3", so they're pretty small, but I wanted them to be small enough to take to church or wherever else I need her to play quietly.
Putting right sides together start sewing about 3/4 of the way down on one side, going all the way around, and stopping about 1/4 of the way down on the side you started, leaving a hole big enough to flip it right side out.

Flip it right side out . . .
and using a pointed object {I used a chop stick} push out all of the corners to make it more of a square.
After they're flipped out make a funnel with paper if you don't have a small funnel, and fill it with whatever you want . . . beans, rice, or I used "poly-pellets". {It took me FOREVER to find them the first time at Joann Fabric, and right when I was about to give up I found them with the doll making stuff. It has a picture of a doll and some stuffed animals on the front of the bag. Just a little FYI}
Hand sew the hole closed with a whip stitch. 

I also decided last minute to make a simple draw string bag to carry them all in. I had visions of them all getting lost in the toy box, and I didn't want that to happen.


  1. Another idea - little tissue holders are cute and easy. http://www.skiptomylou.org/ is a fun site for homemade gifts

  2. I've been following Skip to my Lou for a while now. Her link to her homemade gift guide is on my sidebar.

  3. I think I'll make some of these with my scrap fabric, simple and easy, I like!