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« on: April 03, 2011 06:45:40 AM »

I received a sewing book from my mom for Christmas and it had a great little pattern in it for a book holder that hangs off the side of the bed. I used a cute Thomas the Tank Engine fabric and when I had leftovers I pondered what to do with it. NO CLUE where it came from but I thought bean bag toss! The fabric was only enough to make the little bean bags so I went to the store and got a different fabric to make the big part.

My first thought was to make it on a hanger like a diaper stacker, but I didnt have any hangers with a swiveled hook so at the last minute I used my bias tape as a handle. This is the new fabric; I bought a yard of it (way more than needed) and a yard of a matching blue and they (as usual) tossed in a free matching thread (perk of buying from a small business).

I took the patterned fabric and cut out 2 big images that I liked
One I used as the main front image and the other I used the name at the top from it.

Heres the easy part, I took the initial scrap fabric and folded it until I had an even number of squares that looked the right size and cut it up (I ended up with 16, making 8 bean bags). I put the right sides together and sewed up the edges leaving a good inch and a half open and then flipped it right side out.

Then I filled them with dry beans and sewed them closed

Then came the hard part, Ive only sewed less than 10 things, ever, and since there was no pattern out there I had to wing it. I laid out the solid color pattern and folded it in half and the dang thing didnt lay out right, it was cut poorly (you should always check how they cut it before you buy it!) but luckily it was just enough room for the image to fit.

I opened it back up laid the large image wrong side up where I wanted it, took a cup and drew on the circles. I cut the circles out and then laid it back in position, right side up, took the same cup and placed it in the hole and lifted off the image and made the markings for the circle on the main fabric. Lather, rinse, repeat. I then pinned everything down and only sewed up the outside edge of the square and the rectangular name above as well.
I then took the double fold bright green bias tape I had left from the other project and thank the stars it was just enough to edge the circles and make a loop to hang the whole mess. Since Im a beginner I took some fabric glue and glued the fabric tape first and then secured it after with a zigzag stitch. And I thought knitting in the round was fun!

I took the selvage edges of the main fabric (right sides together) and folded the whole thing in half. Sewed along the edge and the bottom and then flipped it right side out. Im positive there is a better way to do this but I didnt know how so I winged this whole thing, if anyone knows feel free to post it in the replies so anyone wanting to try this will have a better result than me!!

Not sure how to explain this part, wish I took pictures while I was making it but its was midnight at this point and I was in a craft haze trying to finish so I could go to bed (because of course I couldnt finish the next dayeye roll, shakin my head). I needed to make the bottom flat so I could put in a piece of cardboard and I decided to just sew along the outside edges where I wanted the sides to be, you can kind of see it in the finished picture of the bean bags on the left side. Then I stuck in a piece of cardboard and headed north.

This is where I finally decided not to use a hanger. And I did something really weird I sewed the top shut and tucked in the top, pushed it in, not sure how else to say it, like making a basket lining? No. Meh, I tried. At any rate it made a nest for the other piece of cardboard and then I sewed the top shut with the handle in place. Done! preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', 'zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz')

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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2011 09:43:21 AM »

LOLm at the craft haze. You sound like me. I assume the cardboard is to keep it open so the balls can go in? Good work! Looks like a fun toy.

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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2011 04:10:37 PM »

My nephew loves Thomas!  He would love this!
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2011 09:18:23 AM »

Neat, my son would love this.

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