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Topic: Beanbags w/ Storage and Games to Play TUTORIAL LINK ADDED!  (Read 6383 times)
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« on: September 15, 2010 08:50:07 PM »

I started with some beanbags as a future Christmas gift for some little friends of ours. I used a variety of colors and prints, as well as four different types of dried beans to fill them for some textural interest. And then there are the numbers, raw-edge appliques that allow for some educational fun, too. (Thanks to this tutorial for printable number templates.)







After finishing the beanbags, I wanted a way to store them that could also function in the game play. I looked around at various types of fabric boxes and bags (I was most inspired by this tutorial) and then went to work devising my own version that combined the best features of all of them. UPDATE: I have written up a very detailed tutorial, which can be found here.







The drawstring closes flat across the top for storage, opens up for a deeper bag, or folds down into the box to serve as a "target" for a beanbag toss. I also printed up a list of fun and educational beanbag games as suggestions to go with the lot. Love, love this project as a fairly quick and easy kid gift that looks great and provides numerous possibilities for learning and play.
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2010 09:00:30 PM »

I Love this project too! Very well thought-out, and nice use of colors. The basket looks professional! Great Job!
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2010 06:05:39 AM »

Love this so cute. I Love the storage bag but the bean bags are so cute.
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2010 07:56:59 AM »

These are a great gift idea!  Love them.
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2010 07:22:46 PM »

Thanks, all! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2010 10:17:34 PM »

Aw, yea! Beanbags are totally on my to-do list for my toddler and her little toddler friends, seeing these has bumped them up the list. Looks great! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2010 06:32:24 AM »

I've made similar bean bags but I really love the box/bag you made, what a great idea to make something that can be used for storage and play.
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2010 06:38:54 PM »

I love this so much I might take the sewing machine out of hibernation and make one for my grand-niece!
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2010 08:09:04 PM »

To sweet!  Thank you for the Christmas gift idea.
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« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2010 07:10:21 PM »

This is a great idea. I love the bright and interesting fabrics you used.
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