I saw this ages ago on Chez Beeper Bebe and stored the idea away (on a list, naturally) for future reference. I FINALLY got around to making them... I do get around to things on my list eventually you see!
Here are the principles I used:
- It had to be quick. I have a pair of toddlers who require a lot of attention, I've loads of stuff that needs doing for Scouts, I've loads of crafty things to make on my list at the moment... you get the picture.
- It had to cost next to nothing. I don't like spending money that I don't need to spend, especially while not earning anything as a stay-at-home-mum. Also, we've just had Christmas and it's a long stretch to January pay-day.
- I wanted them to be tactile and pleasant to play with.
So I cut up an old ripped lilac sheet and an old black velvet skirt. I vaguely used templates, but didn't cut them very carefully.
I cut out the numbers from the velvet.
I then approximately tacked the velvet numbers on to the sheet rectangles. Chez Beeper's instructions involve some iron-on fusible web, but that I didn't want to spend the time waiting for it or the expense, so went for the tacking option.
Following this, I put the velvet and the numbers right-sides-together and stitched around three and a half sides of the rectangle. I didn't pin them. This meant that, again, there was some fabric bunching, and also some aren't quite rectangular.
I filled the bags with a mixture of chickpeas and lentils (which of course I had knocking about in my pantry), and then hand-stitched the last bit.
Of course, the children love them, and they are every bit as tactile and functional as I had hoped. Not quite so aesthetically pleasing as those made by Chez Beeper Bebe though!
For the future, what would I recommend to do differently?