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Technique of the Week: Beanbag Snakes

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Thanks to LEGO Ninjago, snakes are having a bit of a moment at our house right now.  As we were inexplicably low on snakes (crazy, right?), I agreed to make some beanbag snakes.  As I got started on the project, the Mister asked if I was doing a blog post and I answered, “Of course not, no one wants to make their own Great Devourer.”  Then I realized that I was basically making a large beanbag and that is a skill that people could use.  Unless you want to make a Great Devourer and then the directions are the same.

Other than making a bunch of small beanbags for kids to throw at each other things targets, which really is a good idea, kids love beanbags, what else can you do with a beanbag?

  • If you have doors with gaps at the bottom, a long beanbag is what you need to block the drafts.
  • A rectangular beanbag can be heated in the microwave and used as a heat pack.
  • A U-shaped beanbag filled with stuffing is the same as a travel/neck pillow.
  • And of course, a really large beanbag with stuffing is a basic throw pillow.
I think you get the idea: sewing fabric together and filling it with something is useful in a lot of situations. And it’s really easy.   But what if you don’t have a sewing machine?  And you don’t want to go to the effort of sewing my hand with a needle and thread?  (I don’t blame you on that one.)  You know what’s coming, I think you should get a sewing machine.  It comes in handy in A LOT of situations.  And you can get a basic machine for about $60, so you don’t need to spend a lot to be able to make tons of different things.
Okay, back to the project.  Beanbag snakes.  Get yourself some fabric, thread and scissors.
1. Put the right side of the fabrics together.  This means that the wrong side (read: ugly side) of the fabric is what you see.
2.  Sew a shape on the fabric.  I sewed a snake-ish shape here, but any shape works.  Here’s the key: don’t sew ALL the way around, leave a 2-3 inch opening.
3.  Trim the excess fabric, leaving about 1/2 inch of fabric outside the seam.  Zig zag around the fabric to prevent fraying, again leaving the opening, well, open.
4.  Turn the beanbag right side out.
5.  Fill the beanbag.
6.  Fold the fabric at the opening inward to match the sewn edges and sew across the opening close to the edge.
That’s all.  Pretty easy, right?  Soon you too can have a houseful of beanbag snakes/little Pythors/neck pillows.


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  1. Yes, we had a huge snake at work and used it to cover the gap by the doors that let in cold air. I have no idea why we had the snake in the first place however. 🙂
    I can't think of anything I've made for someone yet, like your story…..

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