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Boys Will Be Boys: Name Bean Bags Tutorial and a GIVEAWAY! [giveaway is now closed]

My three-year-old is really into letters right now, so we’re working on recognizing his name. Yep, that’s the teacher in me… giving my kids educational toys for Christmas.

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And I know that the nerdy, educational parent part of you wants to help your littles learn their letters too!

name bean bags tutorial

Supplies:

  • Three coordinating fabrics
  • Chalk or water soluble marker
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Coordinating thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Fray Check
  • Beans, rice, or poly-fil to stuff

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1. Cut three squares of your fabric for each bean bag [only two squares are shown... obviously]. The size you cut will depend on how big you want the bean bags to be. Mine were cut about 5in x 5in.

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2. On one of the three fabrics, draw out your letters, using either chalk or water soluble marker.

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3. Carefully cut the letters out.

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4. Put one of the coordinating fabrics behind the letter cut out and pin the fabrics together.

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5. Straight stitch very carefully around the letter. Using a thread that doesn’t coordinate will make more of an impact and make the letter stand out a little more [in other words, it's way more fun]. But if you are worried about your sewing mistakes showing, use a coordinating thread color that will blend in.

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6. Put the three fabrics together, right sides together. Zig-zag stitch around all four sides, leaving an opening to turn the fabrics right side out.

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7. Cut around all four sides with pinking shears to stop the fabric from fraying.

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8. Turn right side out.

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9. Stuff with beans, rice, or poly-fil [the poly-fil makes it more of a pillow than a bean bag... but pillows thrown across the room are much less dangerous in a house full of boys]. Hand-stitch closed.

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10. If you’re using a fabric that will fray, apply Fray Check to the cut edges of the letters. [Fabrics like knit or fleece will not fray, however, and you wouldn't need to use it]

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Now you have a fun way for your boys to learn their letters and recognize their name!

IMG_6636I’m super excited about today’s giveaway. Elizabeth from Sew Chatty is giving away this aDORable elephant softie! [this giveaway is now closed]

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Seriously, SO cute. To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment telling me who you would get this little lovey. That’s it!

If you want an additional entry, like Sew Chatty on Facebook and leave another comment to let me know. The giveaway will be open until Sunday.

Now don’t forget to head over to Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy to see the awesome tutorial Stacey has today. I know my boys will LOVE this one.

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P.S. The Fabric Fairy giveaway closes tonight and the See Kate Sew pattern giveaway is open through tomorrow!

Boys Will Be Boys: Fabric Dominoes Matching Game and a Pattern Giveaway! [this giveaway is now closed]

Welcome back to Boys Will Be Boys, so Handmake Their Toys!

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Today I have a tutorial for a  game that even the youngest boys can play. Bonus, it’s a game that doesn’t make any noise. [not that I can promise anything about your kiddos...]

fabric dominoes tutorialSupplies:

  • Two different materials – something sturdier than quilter’s cotton is preferable [or you will want to add interfacing]
  • Felt
  • Hot glue gun [or craft glue - but hot glue will hold better]
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Scissors

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1. Cut the two different fabrics into approximately 4in x 7in pieces. Each domino will use two pieces, so you’ll need to cut double the number of rectangles as dominoes you want to make.

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2. Cut felt shapes – you’ll want at least three of each shape. The more matches you have, though, the more fun the game will be. And the more time your little one can spend playing it. Then, using either hot glue or craft glue [hot glue would hold better], attach the shapes to your fabric.

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3. Put the fabric pieces right sides together, then zig-zag stitch around three sides.

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4. Clip the corners and turn the pieces right side out.

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5. Fold the unfinished edges under and press. Use a pin to hold in place.

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6. Top-stitch around the edge of the dominoes.

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And now you have a game that your boys can play over and over, matching the shapes together. Or using their imaginations to create their own rules!

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And today, we have another awesome giveaway. Kate from See Kate Sew is giving away a bundle of her three softie patterns — so you can make your kiddos an owl, a hedgehog, and a dinosaur! [this giveaway is now closed]

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What little boy [or even girl!] wouldn’t love those adorable creatures added to their collection?

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me what animal softie you think the little one in your life would like the best.

For additional entries:

Leave a comment for any of these extra entries for them to count. The giveaway will be open through Saturday.

Now hop over to Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy and check out her awesome Pokemon card pouch.

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