Bean Bags tutorial4:29:00 PM
Going with the "Summer" theme I decided to do something that the kids could play with rain or shine. You see we live in Oregon and its kinda wet this Summer (abnormal despite what you hear about Oregon!) and my kid have been cooped up! So for our what looks to be Indian Summer I found some awesome LARGE chip bowls at Target for $1 each and made bean bags to toss into them!
The first thing you will need is some fabric. I found the fabric I am using and fell in love with...realized when i started sewing with it that it is not "ideal sewing fabric" as it "strings" while I sew! I am gonna warn ya now...I am a NOVICE sewer! So even the most inexeperienced sewer can handle this one! In fact I made some for my daughters school (it burnt down this year due to 2 kids starting a fire...sad!) and agreed to do something I had NO idea if I could! IT WORKED!
Now the reason that I didn't cut them 5x5" is because I figured I saved myself 1 less edge to sew!
Basic sewing skills used here! BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER: backstitch in the beginning and at the end of each side!!
Cutting your corners will make it so you do not have a funky rounded edge to your beanbags! You see here that I use a stir stick to push my corners out.
Stick a funnel (or if you do not have one roll a piece of paper into a cone shape!) into our 1" space of the beanbag and fill with lentil beans. I have tried other kinds but lentils work the best and are very reasonably priced! I can get 3 1/2 beanbags with 1 small Safeway bag of lentils!
Now comes the hardest part...are you ready?! I am now going to show you how to do an "invisable stitch" Mine aren't always so invisible as I am a work in progress I tell ya!
OK, so at the stick the needle in your fabric part...this pic shows my needle backwards?! How I did that completely NOT sure! But...flip your needle over the opposite direction as CLOSE to where you finished sewing with the machine (so that the knot goes inside your beanbag!). You will then take your needle back and forth grabbing small bits of fabric (like you are threading a shoelace into a shoe) pulling it as you go along.
Back and forth! When you come to the very end of it...do it a few more times and pull tight!
You will then make a circle with your thread and needle (like you are about to make a knot...cause you are!) and stick your needle (without pulling the knot tight!) into the seam of your beanbag and pushing the needle out further down the beanbag and THEN pulling the knot tight. So basically the knot tied inside the bag! I hope that makes sense!
Voila! There you have it! 1 finished beanbag! The kids can balance them on their heads, toss them back and forth, toss them into the bowls. Oh the possibilities! Have a blessed day!