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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Beanbags from Fabric Scraps

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Can she have a birthday gift, Billy boy, Billy boy? Can she have it fun, zero-waste and plastic-free, charming Billy?

UG1, UG3, and me all have Spring birthdays. UG2's miscarriage was a year to the day before UG3's birth as well, so we are busy in Spring! This year UG1 will receive some upcycled wool play food from Etsy as a (reading!) preschooler and UG3 will receive a fully homemade birthday for her first birthday. (Read about UG3's zero-waste and plastic-free homebirth here.)

I had a hard time figuring out what gift to give UG3 for her birthday that would be a durable, plastic-free, and fun for her to play with now and later. I looked up wooden and natural toys for babies and toddlers on Etsy and just couldn't find anything that actually looked like she would play with it for long. Then I found a bean bag set for about $15, which is ridiculous for a one year old's gift in my opinion. So, I looked in my scrap box and found a worn out pair of Mr. Greenie's jeans and the bottoms of some onesies I converted into baby T's. Jackpot!

I also found this tutorial and adapted it for my own laziness. Here are my adaptations:
1. I didn't cut my fabric into squares, I just cut the jeans to match the onesie bottom, as seen below-

2. I didn't mark or pin my fabric, just lined it up and eyeballed it, as seen below-

3. I didn't measure the beans or put it in a ziploc bag first, just poured them in the fourth side after turning my "pita pocket" right side out.

4. I sewed completely by hand, as we're still saving up for my treadle machine.

I just sewed it shut and now I'm on my fourth beanbag (pictured above). Voila, a perfectly fun, free, zero-waste, and plastic-free gift for our soon-to-be toddler (1 year old) UG3.

She can have a birthday gift, fun, zero-waste, and plastic-free. She's a young thing and can not leave her mother. (Adapted from Billy Boy song)

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