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sarahhenrystewart
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2010 09:07:41 PM »

I have tried making beanbags for my son and found out the hard way (ouch!) not to use rice for the fillings.  I did have a question though.  When I made mine, the seams ended up coming apart and getting holes.  Do you use interfacing or something to make the fabrics stronger and keep together better?  Or just use a certain stitch or certain type of fabric only? I had used flannel and a straight small stitch when I did mine.   Your bean bags look super kawaii, by the way.
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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2010 04:22:36 PM »

I have tried making beanbags for my son and found out the hard way (ouch!) not to use rice for the fillings.  I did have a question though.  When I made mine, the seams ended up coming apart and getting holes.  Do you use interfacing or something to make the fabrics stronger and keep together better?  Or just use a certain stitch or certain type of fabric only? I had used flannel and a straight small stitch when I did mine.   Your bean bags look super kawaii, by the way.

I used a straight stitch with wrong sides together, then turned them right-side-out and topstitched all the way around twice for security. The fabrics I used were pretty sturdy, so I think they'll be ok, although using a lining of some sort would definitely help with that if you've got thinner fabrics. You could also try putting the beans into a section of pantyhose and tying the ends off so the beans would stay contained within the nylon.... Another option would be to finish the raw edges with a serge or zigzag stitch so the fabric is less likely to fray and cause holes in the seams. Good luck!
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princessaimee
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2010 01:17:42 PM »

Would you mind posting some of the games you came up with for them to play?  I love this idea for gifts!!  Thanks!
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Muddlepud
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2010 07:52:55 PM »

princessaimee, here are some of the game ideas. If you search on Google for "beanbag games" you'll find all sorts of ideas.

Place the drawstring bag several yards away from a starting point (as far as is comfortable for
children to toss the beanbags). Fold the top of the drawstring bag down into the inside of the bag
to create a basket. Children stand by the starting point and toss their beanbags into the basket,
accumulating points for each successful throw.

One player tosses a beanbag to another player, and the catching player must jump/clap/etc. the
number of times displayed on the beanbag.

Choose a beanbag and find a representation of that number in the room (e.g. two blocks for the
#2 beanbag). Place it with the beanbag. Continue until all numbers have been used.

Write numbers on paper plates and place them around the room. Toss the beanbags onto the
plates with corresponding numbers.

Set up a beanbag "course" with the children's help. Use cushions or pillows as markers, and find
some containers (empty shoe boxes, buckets, the beanbag's drawstring container, etc.) to be
"targets." The children take turns tossing their beanbags around the course and into targets.

Set up a series of containers set further and further away from a starting point, as a series of
targets, and give each one a point score depending on how far away it is and how hard to achieve
it is. Children take turns tossing their beanbags into the targets and accumulating points.

Find a large sheet of cardboard that can be propped against a wall. Draw and cut out various
shapes on the cardboard large enough for the beanbags to fit through. Color around the edges
of each shape in a different color marker. If desired, assign points to each hole based on its
difficulty. Prop the board against a wall and take turns tossing the beanbags into the holes.

Stand in a circle. One player starts by throwing a beanbag to another person in the circle and
asking a question at the same time, such as, "What's your name?" or "What's your favorite color?"
The person who catches the beanbag answers the question and then throws it to someone else
and asks his own question.

Line up in a row. (If enough players, divide into teams for two rows and a speed
challenge.) Children pass the beanbag from one to the next and back again in a particular
style, such as:

   -pass it down the row with the right/left hand only
   -pass it down the row with both hands
   -pass it up the row with the right/left hand over the right/left shoulder
   -pass it up the row under the right/left leg
   -pass it up the row behind the back

If a beanbag is dropped, start over at the beginning of the row.
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Dayla66
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2010 07:16:35 AM »

I Love these! THey remind me of when I was small playing that bean bag toss game tic tac THROW! Very nice work!
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« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2010 12:44:17 PM »

These are so cool! I love the colors! It's a great idea. I wish my sewing skills were better. It would make a great gift for my niece!
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« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2010 05:16:32 PM »

That friggin rocks! My son would adore that and, come to think of it, so would his kindy teachers.
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« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2010 03:00:16 PM »

this is a wonderful idea!  and i love your fabrics!  thanks for sharing!
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queserasera
« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2010 11:01:18 AM »

What a great idea!
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sarahhenrystewart
« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2011 08:27:33 PM »

Thanks for the tips!  I made a bunch after you responded and the kids love them and none have busted open yet. Smiley
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