Monday, September 20, 2010

Sumthin for those Beanbags!!

Something was bothering me in the back of my head, and on my walk it wiggled its way up to the front!!  We needed something to pitch those beanbags in to!!  So I thought up this, and Sonnet helped me put it together.

We had this "indestructable" plastic tray I got at a garage sale here (remember we're talking about a gift for 3 little boys!)  But you could also use a sturdy cardboard box, cut down to size.  We cut out the targets from pieces of felt, and wrote on them with a permanent black marker, then hot-glued them on.  Of course Sonnet beat me, and cackled with glee when we played it, the little doodle-head!!!

I sewed up a cover to go around the outside by measuring around it, and measuring the height from top to bottom.  The length around was too long for the fabric I had left, so I cut 2 strips and sewed them together.  The height was 2.5", so I cut the strips 6" wide, so I could just fold them in half, right sides together and stitch down one end and one side.  Turned it right side out, ironed it flat, and stitched up the other end, then hot-glued the whole thing onto the outside of the box.  Here's how it looks where I joined's just overlapped.

I know, it seems strange to be giving this as part of a baby gift, but he has 2 brothers, ages 2 and 4, and he will grow old enough to use this very fast!!!  Too fast.  ;)

That's a Baby Gift?!

Yep, it is!!  I decided to make a little wall decor. for my neighbors' playroom wall instead of doing the traditional type of baby gift.  They have 3 little boys now including their new baby boy, and the room has lovely blue/green curtains.  I just happened to have this frog fabric, and some green too, sitting here.  So......

It was super easy to make!  I just cut out the triangles with pinking shears.  I used some Maxi Piping I had laying around (see pic below), with ric-rac sewn onto it for the "rope" to hang the flags on.  After laying out the flags on the piping to make sure I had enough room not only for the flags, but also for some little bows at each end, I sewed the ric-rac onto the piping.  Then I sewed the flags on and tied the bows!  That's it!

You can use seam binding, or just clothesline for the "rope".  You could hotglue ric-rac onto it, and hotglue the flags on, and then it becomes a no-sew project.

And Sonnet got busy with the extra frog fabric and made these wonderful little beanbags for the 3 boys!  She, at age 8, is becoming a regular little seamstress!!