liam gregor · sewing

seemed like a good idea at the time

So, the big boy likes to throw things. A lot. In the house. Big things, little things, hard things, soft things. You get the idea. In efforts to minimize destruction and hold on to what little sanity I have left, I figured I should give him something appropriate for indoor tossing. Specifically, bean bags.

These would be easy and quick with stash fabric, but I took an even easier route and bought a cute charm pack from Walmart. No cutting! Just slap two 5″ charms right sides together and sew around the perimeter, leaving an inch gap for turning. Turn right side out forming a bag. Fill each bag with some small dried beans using a funnel or paper cone. I used dried split peas, because they were the cheapest, two 16oz bags of peas filled 8 bags. Top stitch the perimeter, as close to the edge as you can, closing the opening. I used the straight stretch stitch, for added durability. The simple straight stitch just looked a little weak (see the pic below).

This really works best (read: fastest) when completed in assembly line fashion. Sew all the pairs together, then turn and fill them, then topstitch each, closing the opening. Done.

bean bag
seam (1/4") around perimeter, leaving opening for turning
bean bag
turn right-side out
bean bag
add dried beans
bean bag
fill to about 2/3 full
bean bag
clean up spilt beans
bean bag
sew around perimeter, closing opening
bean bag
voila
bean bag
full o' beans

There are probably 1,000 prettier tutorials on the web for this. It’s so easy. I finished 8 bags in under 2 hours. Probably in an hour, I wasn’t paying attention.

Well now we have these so we can redirect the boy – “Don’t throw that in the house. Throw your bean bags.” And that’s cool. But (and you experienced parents saw this a mile away, I’m sure) now we need to figure out how to get him to throw them at an appropriate target. Strangely, a bean bag to the side of the head can be startling. Sigh.

In summary, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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4 thoughts on “seemed like a good idea at the time

  1. I thought about doing the same thing,but thought better of it,as you found out. They hurt. I instead
    knitted balls of differnt sizes and stuffed them. I even put a cat’s bell toy in the middle of the stuffing so there was a noise. The gkids loved rolling and knocking over toys with them. (1-12yrs)
    They don’t hurt when you get hit in the head by a 12yr’
    I know. My dh says I’m in my 2nd childhood.

  2. I would have a bare, designated corner somewhere in the house where he can throw designated items (bean bags, wads of paper, nerf balls). You could set up a box for throwing things into, and maybe a row of plastic bottles to knock down. Maybe you could find a toss across game. Liam is old enough to understand that he should only be throwing things in his special practice throwing area (at least when he is indoors). Then if he throws non-designated things in non-designated areas the projectile gets confiscated.

  3. I have a few knitted toys, but the baby has commandeered them. He’s over the novelty of the bean bags now, so it’s much safer these days. 😉

  4. A bare corner? What’s that? Ha. He’s gotten much better. Actually moved on to painting this week. Much calmer. Wish you were coming to town with your man…

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