Beanbag Bunch

Beanbag Bunch

Originally uploaded by

gemgirlart

So! Remember that sewing machine I got for my birthday -

LAST YEAR

!? Well I finally, finally got around to getting it out and learning how to operate it (

in the most basic of basic ways!

) In the past year there's seriously just been NO time, and even LESS space for me to go about learning to sew on this thing - especially as I am one of those

spreader-outter, leave-it-in-place-while-working-on-it-until-it-takes-over-the-kitchen-table/diningroom-kidsplayroom,etcetc

type of artist-crafter. But I just finally decided that the only way I was going to learn to use it was to

assign

myself a project that needed doing, and that had a specific purpose and more importantly, a DEADLINE.

That project turned out to be my volunteering to sew a batch of beanbags to be used during one of the games at our 5th Grade end-of-year class party. (

see previous post regarding THAT li'l shindig

...) I bought the supercute fabric from Jeanelle at

Charmpacks

and a big bagga beans (

pintos, if you really need that info

), looked up a basic "how to sew a beanbag" tutorial online - and awaayyyyy I went! I did sew a test bag first outta some scrap fabric I had here (

the yella one, there on the bottom

), which came out well enough that I was comfortable moving on to the good fabric - Oh, precut squares, how I adore thee! So no, they aren't the neatest most perfect beanbags ever (

hehem, do NOT look too closely at those top seam edges, thennkyewww.

), but I made them my very own self, and completed (one of) my promised projects for the games committee, AND learned how to sew a little bit on my long-lusted after sewing machine. Whatta proud, proud day for me :D

'Cept now of course my kitchen table is filled with piles of fabrics and wads of thread and scissors and a rather nifty appliance that most certainly does NOT belong in the kitchen ... Welp!

SEW

WHUT! Nobody ever said eating AT a table was the law or nothin'! :D

Later, ya'll - I got about a million things to do still (wanna help me paint some 6' tall saguaro cactuses? Meet me in the garage!)

~ gem ~