Monday, June 13, 2011

Mini Bean Bags

I love working on little projects for the kids. With all the outdoor activities going on, I thought it would be nice to introduce them to a game of hopscotch. As a quilter and fabric enthusiast ;) I can't resist making my own little bean bags for their new outdoor game:

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Simple instructions:

-cut 2 pieces of fabric: 4.5" x 4.5"
-place fabrics right side together and sew together 3 of the 4 edges - 1/4" seam allowances
-flip right side out and fill about half way with beans (I used black eyed, but anything will do)
-fold down 1/4" inward along the un-sewn edge and sew shut -about 1/8" away from edge
-press along the other 3 sewn edges and sew about 1/8" away from edge for those as well

When complete it should look like a little pillow with matching edges :). Told you it was simple. I made a dozen for my boys in no time.

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Since I made them a few days ago, my boys have used them as attended - hopscotch. And some unattended purposes as well: throwing bags, stacked up as 'building' blocks, we have invented a few outdoor throwing games with it and now they are sitting in their play area as mini pillows for their action figures.

Try some :). They are super easy and fun to make. I'll be making a few extras as blanket weights. Take them along for a picnic so your blanket doesn't fly away :).

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I'll be sharing at these lovely linky parties.

-Q

26 comments:

Lowri said...

These are gorgeous and beautifully photographed too. Awesome idea - thanks for sharing.
Lowri
(Visiting from Tip Junkie)

Sweet Floweret said...

Great project!
Love!
Would love it if you'd link it up to my 20 minute tuesday party going on now ;) Details here:
http://sweetfloweret.blogspot.com/2011/06/20-minute-tuesday-7.html

Lori @ Beneath the Rowan Tree said...

Sweet! I love the idea of blanket weights!
Would you be willing to link this up to our weekly Playdate at http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/06/playdate-link-party-in-summer-12.html ?

Cheers,
Lori
Come & Play :: Playdate
www.beneaththerowantree.com

LrSchwtz said...

How fun, my daughter would love these. Thanks for the tutorial! Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

ElfRenee said...

Cute idea! I love the butterfly fabric. I'm a new follower. I found your blog through the To Sew With Love blog. Nice to meet you!

Heather at Dragonfly Designs said...

Fabulous idea ~ love the blue fabric! I'd love for you to link up at http://www.twindragonflydesigns.blogspot.com/ Thanks for sharing!

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

Can you really ever have too many beanbags floating around? My answer is a resounding "NO!" I love the fabric that you chose! I am sure that your children will have hours of fun! Thanks for sharing!

Christina said...

So true, you can use beanbags for so many things! Great tutorial!
Christina
www.inspirationforcelebration.blogspot.com

planettreasures said...

Love this idea!
We used to use beanbags a lot at gymnastics, funnily enough! They are good for playing throwing and catching games amongst other things.

ohangelina said...

you have inspired me so. i love little bean tossers. they feel great to hold in the hand. i sprinkle chamomile oil on mine and keep it in my bag for stress emergencies i bury my face in it. x

Sam Findlay said...

These are so cute! They certainly put the boring blue and green ones we had at school to shame! Hope your children enjoy playing with them!

Chef in Training said...

how fun! I love these! What a great idea! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

Alisa : Ink Caravan said...

Such a fab simple idea! Love your fabric choices.

Shannon said...

I love the different fabrics - the possibilities are endless. Great idea! Perfect for so many things!
shannonsews.blogspot.com

Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty said...

Def need to make these before tailgate season starts! Thanks for the easy instructions!

Christine @ craftygeordi.blogspot.com said...

Cute! I love the idea of the blanket holder, I had never thought of that.

Taylor Made said...

They are a great project for boredom busting....thanks for sharing.

D+B said...

Your blog is so adorable!!!! I am definitely going to be following you!! If you would like to check out my blog also I would LOVE that!! And follow me too!! I am excited to share new ideas on recipes and about mineral make-up!! And giving away free giveaways on make-up! So look out for it...
-Brooke
For-The-Luv-Of.blogspot.com

Tiffany said...

There are too cute! I'm linking to you from my Summer Kick Off Tutorial Round Up!

Ginger said...

So cute. :) New follower from I love to craft. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link up party going on over on my blog right now. The most viewed link will win a set of fancy rectangle chalkboard labels. This week I’m co-hosting with Reasons to Skip the Housework…so links will show up on both blogs! How fun!

Ginger
gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

Katie said...

Love the bean bags! Thank you for linking to Sew Woodsy last week! Keep on linking great projects!

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

I LOVE THIS!! I love it so much I featured it this week at my Hookin' Up with HoH party!

Stop by and grab a button if you'd like!

Allison @ House of Hepworths

Patio Furniture said...

This are gorgeous and cool mini bean bags, love to have this one as my collection.

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To Sew With Love said...

Cute bean bags! thanks for sharing! hope you have a fab weekend!


hugs,
Lelanie

sitonitbean1 said...

These are gorgeous and beautifully photographed too. I like it.
Thanks for sharing with us.

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andreafox21 said...

These blanket weights are a great idea and are perfect for picnics
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