Monday, May 22, 2017

Red, White & Blue Beanbags


With Memorial Day just one week away, picnic season is upon us. Eating outdoors is my favorite summer activity. I've already pulled out my favorite warm-weather recipes, and I'm ready to dig into a new season of burgers and potato salad. To celebrate the holidays that mark summer's beginning, middle, and end--Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day--I designed this set of red, white, and blue beanbags. They're not only pretty; they're practical too! You can use them to hold your tablecloth, napkins, and paper plates in place on breezy days. You can arrange them in a basket to make a simple centerpiece. You can even use them in a beanbag toss game. (They are beanbags, after all.)

I used three cotton prints to make my beanbags: a blue swirl pattern, a red-and-white floral, and a red polka-dot fabric. They're embellished with red, white, and blue rickrack, and red-and-white gingham ribbon. You can, of course, use any ribbons or trims you have in your sewing stash. The instructions are quite straightforward, so I decided to explain the process with pictures, rather than words. To make each beanbag shown, just follow the corresponding diagram. Cut the fabric pieces to the sizes indicated. If you're going to add ribbon or rickrack, do so before you sew the pieces together. When it's time to sew, use a 1/4" seam allowance. 



When the beanbag fronts are finished, pin each to a 4 1/2" square of fabric in your desired print, right sides facing. Sew the pieces together, leaving an opening for turning, then fill the bag with dry rice (or another filler), and whipstitch closed.

Happy stitching--and happy picnic season!

18 comments:

  1. I love your bean bags. I have lots of odd fabrics so I just might make a few.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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  2. Your bean bags came out so nice and perfect for the holiday.
    Thanks for sharing at C&C with J & J.

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    1. Thank you, Julie, and thanks for hosting!

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  3. Omgosh, these are so much fun! I've never thought of making patchwork bean bags. That's a great way to add visual interest to traditional bean bags!

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  4. Pretty! I love all the combinations. Thank you for joining The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

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    1. Thanks, Teresa--love visiting your link party each week!

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  5. How fun! They all look great. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

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    1. Thank you, Beverly, and thanks for the pin!

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  6. Looks like fun! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

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  7. What adorable bean bags. They certainly up the charm factor of outdoor games. Congrats, you're featured this week at the This Is How We Roll Link Party.

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    1. Wow, that's great news, Susan! Thanks for hosting your link party each week.

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing these on the This Is How We Roll Link Party. Your post was a host favorite. See you next week.

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  9. These bean bags are so cute! Since they're red, white, and blue, I'd like to invite you to share them at the Celebrate the USA Link Party that I'm cohosting with a few other bloggers. The party is open all month long, and I hope you'll stop by!!!

    http://www.sewcraftycrochet.com/2017/06/celebrate-usa-link-party-2017.html

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    1. So glad you like them--thanks for the invitation!

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