Toddler Bean Bag

Some of you might have seen An from StraightGrain’s Baby and Toddler Bean Bag post a few of months ago. When I saw that she had released a free pattern and tutorial on how to make it, I was so thankful. I have seen very similar baby and toddler bean bags in the stores but they cost too much for what I would pay so to know that I could make one myself with An’s simple instructions, I knew straight away that this would be an easy project. And I thought that this would be a brilliant idea for Little M for Christmas. I ordered some organic Birch Dark Grey Forest Stag Animal canvas (top of bean bag) and Dark Grey Bird Animal canvas from Modes4u and to my surprise, the turnaround time was very quick and the parcel arrived in a week!

Toddler Bean Bag by StraightGrain | mini bow

The pattern was very easy to piece together however it did confuse me initially as An had combined 4 different pieces on the pattern, which meant that I had to print out the pattern 4 times (or you could trace them out but I personally prefer printing them out). I opted for the toddler version so I omitted the baby safety straps. The bean bag was very easy to put together and sew. Everything was done in a total of 3 hours (I took longer because I made sure to double stitch and serge the seams for extra strength). When I finished sewing and was ready to fill the bag with beads, I realised that they were sold out everywhere! I tried Target, Kmart, Big W and Spotlight. Apparently bean bags are popular during Christmas. Surprise… surprise. After a few weeks of waiting for new stock to arrive, I decided to purchase them online and I found some beads at Bean Bag Refill. I don’t know why I didn’t consider doing this earlier. The beads were tiny (2-3mm) which gives each bead a longer lifespan. The only downside to this place is that they only process shipping every Monday.

Toddler Bean Bag by StraightGrain | mini bow

I have to admit that I put too much beads in the bean bag (despite An’s tip to fill the bean bag so that your child sits in the bean bag and not on the bean bag). Nonetheless, Little M loves it and so do I. I know I’ll be making many many more of this as this is just a perfect present and it is super easy to make.

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Make mistakes

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
Neil Gaiman

Happy New Year everyone! What is your new year’s resolution for 2014? Every year I wish for a better year, to get fit and healthy, to grow in my career, to spend more time with my family, but do all of these really mean anything? No, because I was too afraid of change and facing my weakness. This year I stumbled on a quote by Neil Gaiman that really resonates with me. I need to start making new mistakes and face my fears! I need to stop worrying that the things I do aren’t good enough or aren’t perfect (because I’m a perfectionist and if things aren’t turning out according to plan, I spend too much time on it or give up). I need to learn that by making mistakes, I will learn from them (hopefully) and I will get better (one day…).

So this is it. This is something I have never done before. I fairly new at sewing but I want to make more things and I want to learn that they don’t have to be perfect. I want to make more things for my daughter, my family, my friends, my home, and myself. And I want to share my journey with the world. *Gasp* This is such a scary thought and already I’m feeling so exposed but I want to stop worrying that I’m not good enough. So this is it. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Welcome 2014. Bring it on!