Monday, November 8, 2010

Make This: Spelling Bean Bags

Check out that stack of bean bags.  This is what you get when you take my counting bean bags subtract the numbers and add the alphabet.  
Spelling bean bags, people--or just a whole bunch of bean bags with letters on them if you do not care for spelling.  Whatever the case, these came about because I was asked to do a new version of these for a book submission, but then the submission was passed up (happily, they accepted another submission I snuck in there--cannot share any details now though so do not even ask)--so even though it is a bit like re-gifting, you still get to be the lucky recipients of this reject project--all for the low, low price of clicking on the project link and downloading the tutorial.  Hard to beat that.  Get your copy right here, right now:
Of course, it does take a bit of time to make this set of bean bags--26 bean bags containing every letter of the alphabet is not for the applique-faint-of-heart.  But, if you portion the project out over a couple of evenings instead of going all gonzo and attempting to do it all in one go--well, you may find it manageable, if not meditative.  
Tell me these would not make a great gift for the elementary-school-spelling set.  Oh, and this one set (and one set only) you see here is for sale in my little shop if you do not have the beanbag sewing fortitude to make your own--find it here.  Happy spelling-bean-bag-making, people.  And please, do not forget to share your creations in my Beeper Bebe project Flickr group--love to see what you guys get up to with my designs and how you make them your own.

26 comments:

mamiATheart said...

They're gorgeous! And you too! ;)

Swirlyarts said...

Morning! I just wanted to let you know that I have featured these on Cuteable this morning - they are fabulous :)

Lynsey x

http://cuteable.com/

Holly said...

Thanks, Lynsey.

Amie Plumley said...

As a kindergarten teacher, you know I love it! I'm thinking I might be able to have some child labor involved and get the kids to make a bag or two each! I'm also guessing you might need double vowels???

Holly said...

Amie: you could definitely simplify these for kids to make--for instance, having the letters simply ironed on and not zigzagging around the edges (most labor intensive part), and then having them hand sew the bags, fill with beans and sew closed. And double vowels for extra spelling flexibility would be key. Hope you do it and share photos--would love to see the results of such a project!

Jodie said...

These are just awesome! I love your suggestion just to iron on the letters too :)

Jen said...

I made your number bean bags and got so many compliments! I'll have to find the time to make these now too. Thanks!

Randi said...

Those are so great. Those have to go on my project list!

Stephanie said...

Saw these featured on Whip Up. I think they're gorgeous. I may have to carve out some time so I can make these for the kids for Christmas. Thanks for the tutorial! :o)

madeinoxford said...

Another clicker from Whip Up :) This is a fantastic tutorial, thank you! It's going to make an awesome Christmas present!

olisa said...

I love the clean, clear style of these! Very cool.

Holly said...

Golly--thanks everyone for such nice comments about the bean bags. Also, I love Kathreen over at Whip Up--she is so good to me and it is always nice to have her readers stop by.

elizalou said...

My sister sent me a link to this page and said it's exactly what her daughter wants for Christmas. I was briefly crushed to see that the set in your shop was gone. But now I'm super excited to sit down and make them!

Holly said...

Yeah--the bean bags sold from my shop right away-which I was surprised by--but there you go. Anyway, making them really is not so hard--just do it over a few days, a couple hours at a time, and it will be done in no time.

Mein Leben im BumFeldmochingF*ck said...

I made something so similar for my two year old nephew only using denim for the backing as they would be used most often on the floor and I thought it would not get as dirty as quickly. Now he just arranges them on the floor, lays his head down on them and says pillow, pillow. So sweet.

Heather said...

Hello. LOVE these! I've linked here: http://homeeducationjournal.blogspot.com/2010/11/few-ideas-posts-i-love.html

Geek+Nerd said...

These are super cute! Thank you for sharing!

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

I love love love this! I featured it on my blog today!!!

kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

Nicole said...

Love these! I made them for my nephew this Christmas using denim, fabric scraps and men's dress shirts I keep meaning to use up. Put some pictures on my blog.

http://theromanticseamstress.blogspot.com/2010/12/spelling-bags.html

tingaling said...

You are awesomely crafty! I used your idea (after trying to machine applique around curves unsuccessfully) and think mine turned out pretty cute, not as cute as yours, but cute enough: http://wp.me/p7zcS-KO

Thanks again for the tutorial!

Melissa said...

Great Tutorial! I wanted to make these for Christmas, but just didn't have time. But they are finished now.
http://thecraftyclown.blogspot.com/2011/01/abc-bean-bags.html

Karen of Little Red House Designs said...

I too used your wonderful tut for this project - I wrote about it on my blog...thank you!

Heather S. said...

I'm so sad I never saw this until now, I would have totally bought this from you. If you want to make another set I'll buy them! Stevensheather01@gmail.com

Julie said...

Hey thanks so much for sharing, I am going to try and make them for my son.

Dina Byrd said...

This is soooo ingenius!!! You rock! My grandbabies need this and the numbers set so bad. I really appreciate you willing to share them with us and how to make them.

Becca G said...

I love this project. Was hoping to make a set for Christmas presents. Just wanted to let you know that the link is not working.