My 2nd grader wanted me to make some beanbags / rice bags for her teacher as an end of year gift. She picked out the fabric and I got to work.
If you sew, even a little bit, you can figure these out for yourselves. But for those of you liking a little direction, here is a tutorialito* on how to sew 2 squares together and call it a gift.
Cut pairs of squares - these are 6":
With right sides facing each other, sew around 3 edges about 1/4" from the edge, twice, to give them a little extra strength. Trim the bottom corners if you feel like it:
Fold over about 1/2" at the open edge and iron it down:
Turn it right side out (the folded down bit is now on the inside):
Pour in enough rice so that the bag is about 1/3rd full when it's standing up, or a teeny bit more.
While the bag is upright, pin across the rice to stop it from pouring out when you sew the opening closed:
Sew a narrow rectangle across the top, about 1/2", and remove the pins:
Tie the ends into knots and bury the threads.
Ta-dah! Super speedy little gifts!
Okay, now the small print :)
You want to watch out for two things when you sew this up:
1. the weight of the rice can make the package hard to control as you try to sew a neat line, and
2. the corners might need need a little prodding from a tapestry needle (or awl of choice) to get the fabric moving under the foot.
But don't let that get in your way!
Just go do it!
These rice bags can be juggled, balanced, warmed up in the microwave on cold-hand days, or just piled on a table for some eye candy.
Or worn as decorative head-gear.
*thanks Sew Hungry, for the lexicon!
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