May 30, 2010

bean bags

I've realized I'm not very good about blogging--I actually complete more projects that what I get posted.  I'm going to try and blog more frequently, so I thought I'd start by sharing some stuff I made awhile ago.  Back in February, my 3-year-old son asked me to make some bean bags.  He used bean bags to play games at daycare and wanted some at home.  So we spent an afternoon making these:

The fabric is from a thrifted sheet I had purchased at Goodwill to make morsbags.  I didn't do a very good job checking for stains and such before I bought it.  I wasn't able to cut out many bag pieces, but I had enough usable fabric for a small project like this.  I cut 6" squares, and the bean bags ended up being a little big.  When I make more, I'll try 5" or 5-1/2" squares.  I lined them with some cheap muslin remnants I picked up at the fabric store so they're nice and durable.  If you use denim or a canvas-type fabric, lining them wouldn't be necessary.  They're good for stacking, counting, throwing them in a box, balancing them on your head. . .  It's amazing what will entertain a 3-year-old.  Thanks for looking!

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