Return of the Bean Bags

I’m absolutely delighted to be relaunching my bean bag kits today! They’ve been absent from my Etsy shop for a while, but they are back and better than ever!

I strongly believe that every child should have at least three bean bags at home! They lend themselves to so many games, and they are much better than a ball when first learning to catch as they are much easier to grip, and don’t roll away when you drop them!

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I’ve lost count of the number of times friends with kids have visited, picked up one of our bean bags (I still have the one my mother made me!) and said “I remember these!” and then found themselves unable to resist the call to play – they are so inviting and tactile!

I’ve always shared my tips on making and filling bean bags with friends. They are so easy anyone can do it and you don’t need a sewing machine. What’s more you probably have everything you need already in the house! Out of this experience has grown these kits.

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My kits aim to take all the guesswork out of the process with jargon-free instructions, advice on choosing fillings and the fabric you need to create your first three bean bags.

And not just any fabric! My new range of kits has some fantastic prints to inspire children’s imaginations. These might just be the coolest bean bags ever!

pastedGraphic_2.pdfI am hugely indebted to Francesca of Sewing Circus for her help in relaunching this range, as I put together some of these kits using off-cuts of fabric left after she has cut out her amazing clothes and hats. Waste-not-want-not! I love that this project is helping make such great use out of every last centimetre of fabric!

Some of the kits now also contain numbers and word designs, specially created by me for enhanced play potential!

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This is a perfect small introductory project for anyone learning to sew by hand or machine. (And then you can play with them too!)

In due course I hope to create class packs, with pre-cut fabric enough for 10 or up to 30 children and 1-page instructions for older children to refer to themselves.

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Of course, none of my items are or ever will be marketed as ‘for girls’ or ‘for boys’. All designs are for all children – why on earth wouldn’t they be?

If you are sick of the high street telling you otherwise, you might like to visit some of my favourite sites:

www.pinkstinks.org.uk

www.lettoysbetoys.org.uk

www.amightygirl.com

www.princessfreezone.com

#lettoysbetoys

As with all my items, sustainability is important in these kits. The patterns are printed on 100% recycled paper, and the smart box is also 100% recycled.

The kits also contain ideas for games to play with your finished bean bags. And not just for kids of course – they say learning to juggle is very relaxing for all ages, although I’ve not got the knack myself yet!

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Do let me know what you think of my new, improved kits. Are there any designs you’d particularly like to see?