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Bean Bags

Cherrypops | Posted in Photo Gallery on

Here goes. My first addition to the photo gallery.

Last week, I made these bean bags for my son’s kindergarten class.They were very well received!

I used ‘duck’ for the inner fabric / lining, and is fully enclosed (no zips). The outer is 100% cotton sheeting and has the zip.The little white polystyrene balls ‘bean bag fill’ were purchased from K-mart in Australia.  I believe Hancocks over in the states have them. I used 500g of fill for each bag.

You can find similar pattern instructions from www.sewing.org Just type in ‘Bean Bag’ in the search bar at the bottom of the Sewing Enthusiast section. you will be re-directed. It is “Teen Seams”.

So easy to make. Perfect straight sewing. I used my 4 thread overlocker/serger on the seams for extra strength.

🙂 Cp

Hope i attached photo correctly.


  1. HeartFire2 | | #1

    Very nice!! When I started reading your post I thought "bean bags" the little things you throw and play catch with, so wehn I looked at your photos was I ever surprised (I had been wondering why they had an inner cover and outer cover till I saw the photo's. How wonderful of you to make these for his class

    1. Cherrypops | | #2

      Many thanks Heartfire,

      Bean bags "The little things you throw and play catch with"...Yes I am glad I have passed that stage, but can make those too when needed..LOL..

      This next photo is my son (5yrs next month) sitting in one. He is so cute in his sports uniform.

      I machine sewed the red ribbon. This is his "House Colour" to the sleeves (easy with free arm) and for a small charge have offered to sew the ribbons to the shirts for the children in his class. I have a few to do next week already!


      Edited 2/14/2007 7:58 pm by Cherrypops

      Edited 2/14/2007 7:58 pm by Cherrypops

      Edited 2/14/2007 8:02 pm by Cherrypops

      1. WandaJ | | #3

        Your son is adorable. Thanks for sharing. Your having posted a member of your family brought life to the messages.

        1. Cherrypops | | #5


          He now looks like his dad! (was my 'twin' when he was a baby)

          Wait for my wedding photos. I am 7yrs younger. They are a treat! All sewn by myself, my mother-in-law and a very good friend.

          I will be posting next week, fingers crossed.

          I will add which patterns I used, fabrics and any difficulties of which I can remember etc.

          The hardest part was most of the preparation work for the bridesmaids and mothers' dresses was done over the phone. My mother-in-law did not have the internet/email and both her, my parents and my sister live interstate.

          I put my total faith and trust in my mother-in-law. Who also made the wedding cake.

          All will be revealed!

          :) CherryP

          1. WandaJ | | #6

            I'm looking forward to your seeing postings including picutres and comments about the processes you went through. Thanks for responding so soon.

          2. Cherrypops | | #8

            you're welcome wanda. doesnt' take much time to answer.

            my rest day today. so playing a bit of catch up.

            my email is on all the time today, gives notification of immediate replies to my posts.

            Edited 2/14/2007 8:54 pm by Cherrypops

          3. Josefly | | #11

            Wow, your mother-in-law sounds like a super lady and very talented. And now you are "passing it forward" with your son's class. Great job.I must say your pic of your son brought back memories of my son 30 years ago when he was 5, and running around on a soccer field, with his eyes not on the ball, the pitch, or the other players, but on his daddy and mama on the sidelines. It was hard to find uniforms small enough for the kids at that age, and both legs could fit easily into one shorts leg! What fun.

          4. Cherrypops | | #13

            Many thanks J.

            Yes m-i-l is a wonderful lady. She has progressed to quilting. she is currently working on a single bed log cabin style quilt for my son's 5th b'day. When I get it I will post pic. She is also learning machine embroidery and digitizing. Keeps her busy in her retirement.

            I am pleased I could bring back such happy memories for you. Even today it is hard to find a uniform the right size. The sports shirt given to my boy is the smallest size the school orders and it is too long, he looks like he's in a dress. But as he grows taller, and very quickly too, it should last another year. (I hope) He enjoys wearing his tie with his day uniform ... likes to be like daddy.

            Take care, Cherryp:)


  2. fabricholic | | #4

    Before I saw the last picture, I was thinking, I can just see those little angels sitting in them, and there was one on the next picture. These turned out great. I know they have to be comfortable. When my daughter was little, they had about four chairs in the exercise room at day care and I remember seeing her in a video they did, running to sit in a chair. The bean bags would have gone over big. You did a nice job. What is house color? Is it is team?


    1. Cherrypops | | #7


      I meant to put the two photos together. The life of a pc. I clicked to early didn't get a chance to put it in.

      Glad you found it!

      Yes, 'house colours' are given to each child. They are used to identify them in their swimming and sports events.

      My son has Red for Butler: named after an Australian Professor and Patron of my son's school in 1962. Pr Butler was highly recognised for his work in Science.

      Both the Boys School and Girls School are allocated colours which are all named after highly regarded Australians.


    2. Cherrypops | | #9

      Yes they are very comfortable and strong. The boys can get a little over excited and jump on them!

      Unbeknownst to me and my measurement taking, they sit perfectly either side of the bookshelf. All the children love them. We have a boy in the class, who has cerebral palsy. Some days he arrives to school in his wheelchair others he walks in holding mums hand. I have known the family for years and they are all doing very well. He too has found a great place for reading quietly on the bean bags.




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        blondie2sew | | #10

        Well MS CherryPI must say I was thinking the same thing when I first read your post..the little bean bags just like the others! But it was a WOW when the picture unfolded on my screen.And all I am going to say for the next picture.....Does your son want to be hooked up with my lil American Blondie!! We would have totally cute grandchildren!! I think you know that in the other posts she is 5 too she will be turning 6 at the end of July.Just a thought girlI loved the wonderful fabrics you chose! I know all will have hours of enjoyment on them!! Connie

        1. Cherrypops | | #12

          Thanks Connie,

          Ok Ok So I should have titled it BeanBag Cushions for Kids. Can't change it now. But I will be more specific with the next one.

          You americans have it all don't ya! Gorgeous children, fantastic sewing shops, fabric stores, grand pattern sales...I'm on the next plane over (with son)....lol

          Yes I had read your daughter's age. Oh, wouldn't it be great if we could hook our little people up. Is she interested in sewing?, my boy loves fabric and watching me sew, I feel he has a hidden 'designer' talent. Give a few years and they could start their own teenybop business.

          Thanks for the thumbs up on my choice of fabric. I can get lucky here for 'crafty item's'. I am considering purchasing my dress fabric online from a few sites recommended from an aussie friend.

          Next week I will be machine sewing the ribbons to the other children's polo shirts. The Mum's all said I did a great job with the red and as most of them don't sew I will do it for a small fee.

          I need to organise a 'sewing portfolio'.

          As i've posted earlier, keep an eye out for my wedding pictures. They are even better, handmade dresses, the lot.


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            blondie2sew | | #14

            Or how about I go over there to Ausie world since that has been a dream of mine like for forever!!Hey I realized I had posted a pic of my lil blondie when I posted her in her Halloween costume. It is in the Photo Gallery. Under Halloween Costumes. Actually it was Ctrish's Post and she has some way cute grandkids she was showing off her costumes with and I wanted to share mine so scroll down a bit and you will see mine posted there as well ....and my little cutie! Worth a peak. I am tellin cute cute cute GrandkidsI am actually gettting into sewing a bit for some money too. Haven't really done that and I don't advertise and I just happen upon it. Oh and Yes to answer your question about Giselle she loves sewing she sits down with me and pushes my buttons on the machine but lately she sits down with her big sisters machine and goes to town! She loves cutting her fabric and then she creates. She almost has threading her the machine down!! I tell ya they are a match!!Ok as you I can go on and on and on. But remember take a peak and let me know if that isn't the cutest little mermaid you every did see!!Connie

          2. Cherrypops | | #15

            Come on over, the sun is shining today, warm with a slight breeze. I have a great beach down the road.

            I viewed the mermaid pics. well done.

            My sewing is just through word of mouth at the moment. Taking little steps.

            Must go and continue reading "Vintage The Art Of Dressing Up", Tracy Tolkien (2000). Covers Designers, Styles and Fashion History from Wartime 1940's thru to PowerDressing in the 80's, and The 90's PowerGirls, SpiceGirls. Lovely Costume Jewellery pics. Good source list too.

            have a great weekend


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            blondie2sew | | #16

            Right on!! Enjoy reading. I haven't embarked on the costumes yet but that is of interest to me as I love the theater!Happy Reading and Hey I may just hop a plane as we speak.My honey right now is in Christchurch NZ. I tell you. I am so jealousConnie

          4. Cherrypops | | #17

            Last time i flew back to sydney the plane flew right down the east coast. Palm beach all the way to Manly beach. i'm in the middle. It was an awesome sight.

            Take a detour via NZ. Recently my honey went to China for a 3 day meeting. I Totally understand you!

            Edited 2/16/2007 12:06 am by Cherrypops

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