Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Beanbag Project: Step One

Just in case you're wondering, no, I don't intend to turn this into a sewing blog! However, since I seem to have become a bit obsessed with my return to craftiness lately...well, it's going to show up here more often as well!

I mentioned previously that Joshua wants to learn to sew. I'm teaching him the very basics by letting him make some bean bags for Josiah. He also has grand plans to make some sort of toss target thingy, but that is beyond the scope of this particular post! We made 2 bean bags a few days ago. I've since figured out how to make the process easier as well as come up with an idea to make them far cuter, so we're considering these our practice prototypes.

The biggest hurdle for me personally was resisting the temptation to do most of the steps for him...but I actually managed pretty well. First he had to iron the fabric...


He was soooo proud of himself that I let him use the iron. So much so that he bragged later to all of his brothers and Daddy.


Measuring...


Yes, he used the rotary cutter...and he still has all his fingers!


Here he is stuffing one with beans after stitching the sides together. He started out with a funnel, but it wasn't big enough. So we rolled a funnel-type contraption out of a piece of paper instead. This was far more successful!


A very proud Joshua holding up the 2 finished bean bags. He can't wait for another chance to work on this project. I hope Josiah is as excited about the end result as Joshua is about making them for him!

3 comments:

Annalia Romero said...

Hey, do you have a lefty there?

Grandma and Peepaw said...

I bet you never let him use a seam ripper! It looks like he is having a good time.

Jenny said...

Annalia, I hadn't even thought about that! Actually, all my children are righties so far as far as I can tell, but I'm left handed. I must have set it up for him that way and he just continued. I'll have to let him try cutting with his dominant hand, lol!

Mom, I don't think I even own a seam ripper! If he ever uses one, I'll just have to make sure he doesn't leave it on the floor! Ouch!

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