Tuesday, 31 May 2011
To make bean bags simply cut rectangles out of your scrap fabric, fold right sides together (into a square shape), sew around three sides, turn right side out, fill about half way with beans, fold down the top edge inside the bag and then sew shut. (5 minutes)
Or it may also go like this: Cut rectangle shape, fold right sides together, start sewing, stop to rethread machine, start sewing, stop to help Seth with something, start sewing, burn arm on iron, cry "ouch", finish sewing, look for scissors, cut threads, turn right sides out, fill half way with beans, dump beans, pick up beans, stop to answer questions from children, stop to answer phone, fold down top edge, start sewing edge together, stop to rethread machine and fix bobbin, finish sewing edge together, cut threads, and hand over to child who was waiting all that time for "his" beanbag. (15-20 minutes)
Results: Happy laughing children, loud sounds of feet running around the house, and beautiful bean bags that you made yourself, hitting various objects and loved ones, in your home.
Catnip Kitty Toys, made by Grace.
She hand sewed pieces of fabric together and filled them with cat nip that we bought at the grocery store in the pet aisle. She attached string to some of them.
Results: It's fun to watch the cat enjoy his new toys that your daughter made herself.
(By the way, the bean bag project is a very small but happy victory for me, because I've wanted to make bean bags for the family for years. This weekend Rich and the boys were pelting each other with instant oatmeal packets, which we buy in bulk, and which I am still finding in odd places. This was what finally pushed me to complete my sewing goal. I love bean bag games, they are fun!)