Cute Bean Bags with Personalized Tote

Ever conscious of fast approaching Christmas, I sewed up these two cute Numbered Bean Bag sets with Personalized Totes for the two little boys on our Christmas list.  My blogging friend Deb at Mountain Musings had written a post about the set she made and they were so adorable I knew it would be a great Christmas gift for a boy aged 4 and 2. 

The bean bags are a perfect size for little hands and the totes are lined with a toggled drawstring closure.  I found these toggles at my local Hancock Fabric Store.  Mary's Number Bean Bags Tutorial and Easy Drawstring Tote were well-done with lots of photos.   Each little bean bag held @1/3 cup dried black beans.

I wanted to personalize the bags for each boy and it was easy to type out a pattern using WordArt in Word.  To make it easier, I flipped the pattern backwards so the letters would be facing the right way once cut. 
On one bag I zig-zagged the letters after adhering with 'Wonder-Under':

...the other bag I blanket stitched aroud the letters using size 10 crochet thread:

This is the ABC pattern I used:

...and I've also worked one up in Google Docs for you to access the link here:  ABC Template

If you would like a copy of this template and have trouble accessing these files, I will be happy to send them to you as an e-mail attachment.  My e-mail address is:  pieceworktreasures@gmail.com

These turned out so cute and were a lot of fun to make.  I hope the little boys will have lots of fun playing with them!

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  1. Lisa, these are adorable! Thanks for letting us know you found Mary's tutorial clear and easy to use! :)

  2. These look great! Thanks so much for sharing, it's great to see the finished product and know someone was able to use my directions!


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