Wednesday, September 7, 2011

return on creativity: four seasons bean bags


Do you ever have a project that you work on...then put away...then work on...then put away....  I've been working on this project off an on all year.  When I started this project I didn't think that four seasons of bean bags would take me four seasons to complete!

To make these bean bags I first cut fabric for the cubes.

Front and Back - 6 inch by 4.5 inch
2 Sides - 6 inch by 4 inch
Top and Bottom - 4 inch by 4.5 inch

Then I embroidered four trees to represent the four seasons.


For spring I used a lighter color green for leaves...


Oranges and yellows for fall with falling leaves...


Summer fruit (or small red buttons)...


A barren winter trunk with beaded snow flakes (my first try at beading!)

Here's a sketch of my tree...



I sewed the fabric into cubes.  Cubes are more difficult than you might think and I got pretty frustrated until I found this tutorial which saved the day!

I filled my cubes with split peas.  Each cube took about two pounds.


I like that these bean bags give me a new way to display embroidery.  They are the perfect size for a window sill or you can just place them on the counter top.  

I think these would be cute in a nursery with some kiddie embroidery or maybe embroider a little house on each one and create a whole town?

14 comments:

Kimberly said...

I love the idea of making a bunch with houses on them. How fun for a kid to make their own little city!!

Bethany said...

These are really cute! They remind me of door stops that I see all the time on British blogs. I'd never have the patience for all that stitching!

Suzanne said...

These are adorable. I can see them as bookends in a child's room too! Thanks for sharing your pattern!

Megan said...

oh...books ends are a gret idea! Especially since they are 2pounds each!

viola said...

Love this idea! So cute and so practical, I think; of course, it might turn into a throwable bean bag or maybe that's just at my house, ha.

Shona said...

They are adorable! I love the way you represented each season...brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing!

Laura said...

Way cute! I sooooo wish I could sew. Unfortunately, I totally failed the sewing portion of Home Ec and have never had the courage to try again. Those look fabulous and are yet one more reason why I need to give it another go! :)

Kei said...

Fantastic idea! They look great!

Carolyn said...

Really really cute. I love that it took you 4 season to complete! I would be thrilled if you shared this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really enjoy it.
http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/09/inspiration-board-link-party-15.html
Thanks for the inspiration.
carolyn | homework

Twigs and Twirls said...

These are adorable. I have been playing around with embroidery lately myself. I can just imagine the possibilities with these. Great job.

creativejewishmom/sara said...

LOVE these! and love the fact that your projects really have a unique style that I don't see anywhere else! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

" me " said...

waw!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kathy said...

These are so cute! Thanks.

beauty said...

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