Sometimes the things I do are purely for selfish reasons. You see, I have this nephew, and I love it when he smiles. And right now, Dinosaur Train REALLY makes him smile….. so I accepted some fabric from Quilting Treasures so that I could make him something cool with it… so I could get some free SMILES!!! See how selfish I am?
So anyway, I got this lovely fabric from the nice folks at Quilting Treasures. Apparently there’s a new club at PBS.org for kiddos called Nature Trackers and they are promoting it by sending out some free fabric. They also offered free project sheets for a bulletin board, fabric covered lampshade, book covers, and a fabric picture frame. (You can download them for free yourself, if you click that link.)
My fabric arrived and I got excited! The colors are really vibrant and the paw print pattern coordinates so well with the dinosaur novelty print.
So while those projects looked like fun, I was wanting to make something a little different for that smiley nephew of mine. Time to make BEAN BAGS!
But not just any bean bags. THE BEST bean bags! Why are they the best? Because they are the perfect mix of durable (double-stitching), soft, structured (added batting) and bean-y (not to full, not too floppy, just right!)
Here’s how you make them. First, you’ll want to cut your fabric in 6.5- inch squares. Because this print is so large, you’ll want to cut strips that are 6.5 inches first, and then use a clear ruler to fussy cut the area with the best images.
Cut enough squares for the “fronts” of the bean bags. Then cut the “backs” from the coordinating print. I made 3 with blue backs and 3 with orange backs so that we can have some 2-player games with them. Also cut enough batting at the 6.5 inch size to go with each of the front and backs. Each bean bag needs 2 squares of batting and 2 squares of fabric (one print and one solid) in other words.
Because I liked the pattern in the novelty fabric, I quilted the batting on by highlighting the frame around them. For the print, I just quilted it together making in “X”. Then I created the bean bag by sewing around 3 sides, batting side IN. Just like making a pocket. The first row of sewing should be 1/4 inch from the edge, the second 3/8ths of an inch from that. Like this:
Now add about 1/4 cup of mixed dried beans into the beanbag. Add a little more if you like- but don’t overstuff or else it will make it a) difficult to sew and b) not drape-y enough.
Now stitch up that last side with 2 rows of stitching and pink the edges. All done!
Or you could just be silly with them.
Disclosure-fabric provided for samples.
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