Friday, May 14, 2010

Sewing Smiles

continues to help

around the

For this project, Craft Hope partnered with the Liberia Orphan Education Project to provide educational beanbags (alphabet, number and shape sets) for these children:

To make the beanbags (I think they would be excellent birthday gifts, too):

1. Cut 52 4"X4" inch squares from felt or fleece. I did half of my squares green, half red, alternating colors with every other letter.
2. Invite an incredibly artsy

over to draw and cut out 26 letters. This is my pal, Lara. Thanks for your help, Lara! (Didn't she do well?)

3. Sew each letter to a square.
4. Place the square on top of another the same color and sew around 3 sides.

Here, you see Lara

learning to

!!! She did great!

5. Fill with 1/3 c. beans, popcorn kernels, etc.

6. Sew remaining side closed.

Variations: shapes, numbers, animals--embellish away!

From Lara and Rebekah, to Liberia with love--we hope these bring a

to the faces of some special kiddos in West Africa.

Happy weekend, everyone.


  1. Those kids are soooooo precious!!!

  2. Lara and Rebekah-
    Thank you for joining in on this project and for your great tutorial. Children in Liberia are incredibly appreciative and thankful for even the smallest kindness and littlest thing - I know the Craft Hope bean bags will make a huge impact on them!
    Beth at LOEP

  3. so cool. And what a great project to work on with friends!

  4. question... was going to make a set with the kids... but I saw on Craft Hope that the bags weren'ts upposed to be filled with 'food' (beans, corn etc... ) are beans ok or not? thanks!

  5. ps... never mind, just realized I missed the deadline. :o(