Wednesday, December 22, 2010


or, How To Make Stand-Up Beanbags

Years ago, I bought this Disney flannel-backed satin with plans to make something for Emily. It stayed in my stash until this year, when Kate became enamored with all things pwincess. I thought I'd finally dig it out and turn it into Prettyrella* beanbags.

It was a very quick project - cut each princess out, with generous seam allowance and identical backing pieces from leftover satin:

Then sew on bases in stiff, robust duckcloth

turn right side out, stuff with polyfill and poly beads

and we get stand-up beanbags. At about 5" high,
they are soft enough to cuddle with in bed, and
sturdy enough to stand up and enact the latest
daring pwincess wescue adventures.

*What Kate collectively calls all Disney princesses. Although she says it "Pwettywellas" now.

Alas, if only it stopped here. Tune in soon to see what happens when a simple idea goes out of control.


  1. This is a terrific use for licensed fabric Lier. I bet your daughters will enjoy many grand tales with these softies. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. What a fabulous idea. My little 4 year old would love it. If only I have find these prints. Hmmm...

  3. Fascinating, and I cannot wait for the next installment. Do they also make good doorstops?

  4. Adorable!! I know a little princess in my house that would think I was the greatest momma ever if I came up with something like that!!

    : )

    Happy Holidays!

  5. Another thought I had was that these would make great bowling pins!

  6. I love your blog! I just wanted to let you know that I've added you to my blogroll:

    Thanks for posting!

    Amy Senter


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