I’m in the middle of an adorable baby bumper crop, and I know that many of you are, too. The babies and the birthdays just keep a comin’! I had been on the hunt for the perfect handmade baby gift for a while, when one of our wonderful customers dropped the answer right in my lap – bean bags!
Kids don’t grow out of bean bags, they’re quick to sew up, and they’re simple enough that they could be a fun toy for years instead of months. (I’m sorry I didn’t get your name, shoot us an email so I can give you credit for your brilliant idea!)
We’re flush with adorable prints that would be perfect for bean bags.
There’s almost no way to go wrong making bean bags, but because my apartment has temporarily been turned into a bean bag factory, I thought I would snap a few pictures and put together a tutorial.
- adorable fabric (a fat quarter should make three to four 6”x6” bean bags, so come in to the store and load up on fat quarters during our our fat quarter sale on Tuesday, January 26!)
- roughly 3/4 cup or 8 oz. of beans per bean bag - I used split peas because they were the least expensive, but lentils would also be a good option.
1.) Cut two 6”x6” squares for every bean bag you want to make.
2.) With right-sides together sew two squares together leaving a 3”-4” gap on one side. Trim corners.
3.) Turn bag right-side out. Fold under edges of the gap and press. Stitch around the bag. I put pins on either side of the gap I left in the previous step, otherwise I’ll stitch right through it.
4.) Fill with beans! I used about 3/4 of cup of split peas per bean bag.
5.) This part is a little awkward, but you’re almost done. Finagle the beans towards the botton of the bean bag and put pins just above them to hold them at bay. Stitch across the opening. That’s it!
Do you have a go to baby or toddler gift?
I was on a pouf search for quite some time and eventually I ended up with Amy Butler’s Gum Drop pillow pattern in front of me. Only a few hours of constructing and—-pouf, it was done! Sadly, it’s often less expensive to purchase ready made items than it is to create something on your own, but this pouf saved me a handful of moola because I got to stuff it with all of my fabric scraps combined with some Pendleton wooly worms; which I found entirely satisfying. We have the pattern in the shop and it can be sewn in two sizes. Make your own!
This week we restocked some of our much loved heavy weight and upholstery fabrics. A great pairing that has been a hit with customers and employees is Otter Wax + Water resistant army duck canvas. We replenished our stock, and have included more neutral colors. To jazz up your interior decorating, check out our new stock of upholstery fabrics, all brightly colored and sure to keep away those winter blues! We are also glad to introduce a new pattern line to the store; Sew Caroline! These patterns are simple and sweet, and we know you will enjoy them. Also peep the new Sewaholic patterns! I’m all about a nice buttonup, and they came out with not one, but two! Plus a great, easy skirt pattern. Some incredible quilting weight cottons, new to the store, are a collection of soothing prints handmade in Bali! Last but not least, Alexander Henry doesn’t quit with some gorgeous new Calaveras prints. Besides all these great new pieces we have an announcement….
A suprise SALE!! Not one, but TWO! Next week Tuesday, January 27th we will have a Fat Tuesday sale. Buy 10 fat quarters and take an extra 10% off the bundle!
On Friday, January 30th we will have a sale on all fabrics! Take 10% off all fabrics, and all sale fabrics will be 50% off!
With all that excitement, here’s a peak at what is new this week:
Water resistant canvas
Alexander Henry ^
Sew Caroline ^
See you for our sales!! Happy Sewing