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!
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.
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.