When I started to give away bean bags I was asked a number of time “How do I wash my bean bag?”. Because I was the one that made the bean bag and I was quite familiar about the characteristics of the fabrics that I had used, it was quite a easy task. All you need to know is the right match-up between the cleaning technique and the bean bag material.
Outdoor bean bags are more than ever now being used instead of more traditional outdoor furniture, such as benches, chairs and swimming pool beds. Some of the reasons for this gradual change is because outdoor bean bags last long, they are easy to manage, clean, are budget friendly. Another plus is that they can also be used indoors as well.
If you’re interested in buying an outdoor bean bag and are confused between the differences between indoor and outdoor types, read on.
A couple of weeks ago I posted that my bean bag patterns were in the process of being put together. I’m proud to say that currently, I have a rough draft of the bean bag patterns containing illustrations (I originally had photos, but I found the pictures a bit too harsh and hard to follow) and diagrams that I am happy with. The bean bag patterns are looking quite good so far, but need a couple more fixes until they are just right. Just to be sure, I will be spending the next couple of weeks tweaking them until I’m satisfied.
In the meantime, I’ll be taking a brief hiatus from posting so that I can concentrate on finish off the patterns . I’m currently looking at making two bean bag patterns, and plus one with an invisible zip variation (so three patterns in total). Hopefully, I’ll be done within the next couple of weeks or so.
I hope you’ll be able to enjoy them once they’re ready.
I sometimes get asked as to what sort of sewing machine I use when I sew. I own three machines, a industrial sewing machine, an industrial overlocker and an IKEA sewing machine. The first two were central to my family’s livelihood for over two decades (I used to have more but I gave them away to family). The IKEA machine was something that I picked up recently, I was at IKEA and wondered what they would like – it’s quite cute! For actual sewing, I predominately use the industrial sewing machine, seeing as it’s always set up and ready to go. This is the machine that you see in my video. Read full story »
Once people make the decision to start sewing a bean bag and go to their local arts/craft/fabric store, some of the questions which are common are about the material, thread and zip. Admittedly, other than ensuring that is a Safety Zip, and that it is the right length for the project it ends there. But back on the shelf, you might find a type of zip called the Invisible Zip. These are great to use (I’ll be covering these in my instructions in much more detail).
I have a short but big announcement to make; my bean bag patterns are now in the process of being drawn up!
I’ve always intended to do this as part of this site (as per the name), and it’s very exciting for me as it’s finally coming all together.
I have a lot of experience in the technical aspects of making the bean bags; that is selecting the fabric and thread, cutting the fabric, sewing the bags together and working from patterns in general, but this is the first time that I’ve been involved in the pattern making side. It’s taken a while because there was a bit of to and fro-ing between the patterns and testing them out but I think I’m almost there.
Earlier in the week I received a disturbing notification that The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) had recalled a number of bean bags due to the safety zips not being used on bean bags. The safety recall is said to affect 6,300 bean bags globally.
This is very similar issue to a case in the 1990s when 12 million bean bags were recalled when children ended up opening up the bean bags and would suffocate on the polystyrene balls (the zips on these were the Non-lock sliders which meant that the pull-tab does not lock – usually used on jackets or on bags). Tragically, due to the design flaw, there were 5 deaths and at least 27 cases where children recovered from their injury. In all cases, the children had unzipped the bean bag with filling, crawled inside and had suffocated or had chocked whilst playing with the contents of the bean bag. As a result, from then on, all bean bags are supposed to made from safety zips – which clearly didn’t happen in the case earlier in the week.
As a quick recap, I call it bean bag toss because that’s what I was told it was called. Seems that online, the name Cornhole is a lot more popular. It’s a very fun and popular game (check out the rules here), and it resembles horseshoe throwing. Although you can go out and buy yourself a bean bag toss game set (bean bags and platform and all), if you have the tools and material, you easily make these yourself – or at the very least, the bean bags. In my instructions, I’ve used popping corn as a filler because that’s what I had lying around the house, but you can fill these with dried corn or beans (follow the same instructions to be make heating packs but use rice instead!).
Sewing-wise, each bag only takes a couple of minutes, I’ve made a video walkthrough to guide you through the process!
Just wanted to let you all know that following the last couple of posts, I’ve made a video on showing you how to make bean bags for bean bag toss.
I’ve currently got the video, but need to do some post-footage clean up, I’m hoping to have this out by next week.
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How to make a bean bag for bean bag toss? As per my last post, here is my 7 step guide!
Making bean bags for bean bag toss is very easy, the details can be found below.