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.
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.