Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Here is a cute little project you can make and give your kids instead of candy. My kids LOVE bean bags and these can double as mini heat pad or hand warmer since they are filled with rice!
So pull out some fabric scraps (it doesn’t take much so these are great scrap busters) and let’s sew! If you’re ambitious, you can even sew these up for a non-candy Valentine! I’m using 1/4 inch seam allowance for the entire project.
One 3 3/8 inch white squares
Two 3 inch white squares
One 3 3/8 red inch square
One 3 inch red square
One 4 3/4 inch red square
Draw a line diagonally across the white squares from corner to corner.
Set aside one 3 inch white square for later. Lay the other two white squares on top of the red squares that are the same size. Sew 1/4 inch away from the line on both sides of the line.
Cute along the line. Press the seams open. You now have 4 squares that are half white half red.
Take the white square you set aside earlier and place it on top of one of the larger half red square you just made, right sides together. The line drawn on the white square should bisect the seam through the half red square and run through the white and red triangles, not along them.
Sew 1/4 inch from the line on both sides of the line. Cut along the line and press the seams open. You now have two squares with a big white triangle, little white triangle, and little red triangle.
Take the two small half red squares from step one and place them on top of each other right sides together, with the white sides on top of each other and the red sides on top of each other. Sew 1/4 inch along one of the red sides. Press the seam open.
Take the two squares with the little triangles and lay them on top of each other right sides together, aligned with the red triangles on top of each other. Sew along the edge with the little white triangle. Press the seam open.
You now have two rectangles. Place the two rectangles on top of each other with the longest edges of the red triangles aligned. Sew 1/4 inch from the edge and press open.
Now you have a cute little square with a heart in the middle!
Place the heart block on top of the last red square, right sides together. Sew around the outside, leaving a small opening to turn the block. Cut the corners of the square off at a diagonal without cutting through the stitching.
*Tip* Start sewing from the edge of the block until you’ve gone 1/4 inch (or whatever seam allowance you’ve picked). Then pivot and turn to start sewing parallel to the edge of the block. When you are finished sewing, pivot and sew off the block. This will help the fabric stay inside the ben bag when you are trying to close up the hole later.
Turn the block right side out through the hole, gently poke out the corners, and press. If you used my little tip up there, the edge of the opening should naturally fold to the inside of the bean bag. Make sure they do.
Sew the opening closed. I like to use a ladder stitch for the cleanest finish (click here for a tutorial) but you can also close it up faster with your sewing machine.