Tuesday, July 13, 2010
itty bitty bean bags
i made these little bean bags for all the kids. they are made from the juggling blocks pattern in the book "denyse schmidt quilts." this was a really fun project. i thought it would be a good test for me to see if i could handle sewing a lot of tiny pieces for a quilt without going crazy. turns out i loved it. the hardest part was cutting all the fabric and keeping the pieces organized without dahlia mixing them up. i was good and used my fabric scraps for the bags. i made 15 bean bags! i was going to put the kid's first initial in the center of the bag but changed my mind and went with a little picture instead. that way they could trade bags if they wanted to. trains for the boys and flip flops for the girls. the pattern tells you to fill the bags with lentils and i was all set to do that until miles reminded me that the bags couldn't be washed. i ended up going to michaels and buying plastic bean bag filler instead. now i can throw them in the wash when they get dirty and they are fine.
i was thinking the kids would have fun playing a bean bag toss game. we dragged a large bucket out and let them take turns throwing the bags into it. they were not that good at following a game. it was pretty much a free for all bag toss. when they get a little older we can set up rings with different values to make it a little harder.