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Blessed Sunday to you friends! I have two treats for you today. First, let me introduce you to my dear friend, whom we affectionately call Kimmie (you can call her Kim, I guess) and whom was our dear nannie when the girls were little and I worked part time. We still miss her terribly and were thrilled to find out that she had opened an etsy shop, called Sweet Baby’s Dressed. I think you’ll love her stuff and it’d be a great way to get a good start on your Christmas shopping while supporting moms who are sharing their talents. Look at the little baby giraffes 🙂 I want those Ms. Kimmie—-and a little baby to dress in them!
And then we have Mary Jo with us to guest post. She is a new friend to me who will share her secrets for making adorable bean bags. Check out the link to her blog for more crafting fun and then tell me if all this baby stuff doesn’t make you wanna have about 10 more. Welcome Mary Jo!
My name is MJ and I like to blog over at 517 Creations, but I’m excited to be “guest posting” over here at Edie’s today! I’m a stay-at-home momma to a toddler and the wife of a youth pastor who ministers to teenagers on a daily basis. Our days are sometimes crazy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. I love to start and finish a product during naptime…it’s the little things in life!
We’ve been renovating a house to make it our home and are mostly done…which leaves me more time for sewing! Which brings me to the tutorial. I’m going to show you how to make a set of Toss and Learn: Colors bean bags!
On to the tutorial…
Here’s what you’ll need:
Following the directions on your printable fabric, print the names of the colors on a single page. If you’re interested in a .pdf of this, e-mail me! The printable fabric that I used had to dry for a few minutes, so I recommend doing this step first. Cut your color names apart – be sure to size them so they’ll fit on your bean bags.
Lay out 1 side of each “bag”. Pin the color name to one side of each “bag”. Sew your color names on! You could use a fusible webbing to help secure it. The printable fabric that I bought already had the fusible webbing on the back, so it made it a little easier. Be sure to back-stitch to secure it!
Clip the corners, turn the bean bags right-side out (be sure to poke the corners out), and iron flat.
Fill the bags using whatever type of beans you have on hand. One cup seems to be a good amount to fill this size bag.
After you have filled the bags, pin the opening shut. Then either hand-sew or machine-stitch the opening closed. I like to machine-stitch it, and then top-stitch around the entire bag for added strength…we do have a 2-year old boy in the house! If you top-stitch around your bags, you’ll have to move the beans out of your way as you sew. This takes a little practice to move them to one side or the other, but you’ll get the hang of it!
You can take this concept of “Toss and Learn” and use it to teach all kinds of skills…letters, shapes, numbers, etc. Start a little bean bag-making factory in your sewing room this weekend!
Thanks for reading this tutorial! Many thanks to Edie for letting me be a part of this awesome series!
Southern Gal says
I’m going to make these for my granddaughter. Thanks!
LOVE this idea!! So gonna have to make these!!
love all of the handmade ideas!
I have so many friends that are checking them out daily!
These would make a super cute stocking stuffer – what a great idea! Even though my preschooler knows his colors, we are working on reading, so this would make word recognition easier too. I know he’ll love them – thanks for sharing!
Oh my goodness! These are precious! I teach kindergarten, so I was immediately intrigued! I think I’ll be making a set of these for my classroom AND a set for my two year old niece. How precious!
Very cute. I love the easy step by step tutorial on this one. Thanks!
Such a cute idea! wish I could sew. It would make it much easier of a project for me! 🙂
the pictures are gone FYI
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I’m a new sewer and these were definitely not hard…a little time consuming, but worth the effort because they’re adorable once finished! I totally recommend doing the top-stitch because it adds strength and looks really good too! My 20-month old is learning colors right now and these are perfect for her!!!
Anglina Jolie says
My kids love the bean bag toss game! we set up ours in the front lawn and they love it. keeps them outside and some of the neighbor kids come over as well. It sure beats them inside playing video games.
Great idea a fabric glue would also better, but I love to sew. You have a simple plain Bean Bags, they right just put some designs to look more attractive.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Happy teacher says
I teach a class of 12 special needs children – they are all on a “sensory diet” and they LOVE these bags. I’ve made 20 (one for each child and staff) of each color so that we can do a color study. We throw … er toss the bags into a coordinating bucket. they absolutely love this game and are learning their colors! Thanks so much!