When my older sister saw what my boys got she too loved them. Her little girl was not yet 1 so understood why she did not get a set. Yet, you could tell she really did want some. I started looking for the fabric. I even sent Carly out to her quilt store to see if they still had it. Sold out. Gone. I couldn't find it anywhere. It was out of print. Then by luck this summer I found it on ebay. The same exact red ones. I bought a panel. I knew I wanted to make them for my niece Maggie. Carly kept talking about how she was determined to make a set for her son Raymond still too. As she neared her delivery date and no bean bags had been made I decided she needed a set from Aunt Tasha as well. So, I went back to ebay and lucky enough they were still there. Another panel was purchased. (This was late November.) By, December I got started.
I cut out over 200 little tiny squares 3"x3" in all different colors. These are the backs of the bean bags.
Then I began sewing them together. Sewing and sewing and sewing and sewing. I seriously thought I would never stop sewing them. I am not one to have patience normally on projects like this. But, I just kept thinking about my cute niece and nephew and there Mom's surprised faces.
Then I turned and turned and turned those bean bags. And finally I filled and filled and filled them with those teeny tiny openings full of rice. Lots and lots of rice. Then I hand stitched them all closed. And finally after days and days of this process I made cute (darling really) draw string bags to put them in. And then guess what...I didn't take ANY pictures!! Seriously. Not one. I could just kick myself. But, you can see my cute ones from my sister above. Mine are pretty similar. There are 1 upper case and 1 lower case of each letter. Plus lots of multiples of other letters. Each set had at least 80 bean bags. And the best part... My sisters were thrilled. Carly said she almost cried. Nothing better then that. I like to call these bean bags a labor of love. I don't know if I would ever do it again...but I am more then glad I did do it this Christmas!
My boys love their bean bags and I know Maggie and Raymond are going to love theirs as well. If you want to see all the games you can play with them go here.