Skill level: beginner
Fun level: very
I've been making bean bags since...well...for a long time - and lately I've been seeing a lot of them during my morning blog surfs. I had some scraps left over from a recent project (I'll show you in a couple of weeks) and decided to put together a few Valentine bean bags. While I was at it, I thought I'd throw in a little tutorial.
- 2 squares of fabric (mine are 6"x 6")
- fabric scraps for applique
- fusible webbing (fabric iron-on stuff)
- filler (I used plastic pellets because one of these is going to my toddler nephew and I want it to be washable, but you can also use rice or beans)
Here we go:
Iron the fusible webbing to the back of a scrap of fabric. This will be your cut-out applique.
Trace your template and cut it out. (I used a heart shape that I created in Microsoft Word by turning on the drawing tool bar and making a heart. There are all kinds of shapes in there; stars, arrows, voice bubbles, etc.)
Peel off the back and iron it on to your top square.
Stitch around your applique shape to secure edges. I like to use a wide zig-zag stitch.
Pin squares right sides together, stitch around the square leaving a 3" opening (Trust me, leave a large opening! It's easier to fill this way.)
Trim the corners so that when it's turned right-side out your corners will be pretty! (I use a chopstick to poke into the corners once I've turned it to make them look good.)
Turn. Press. Stitch 1/8" from the edge (don't stitch over your hole for the filling!).
(PS: This bean bag is for you, Carrie.)