Friday, August 7, 2015
Hamburger Bean Bag.
I was so out of ideas, and had no new projects in mind, I thought my creativity had vanished. Just when my son mentioned the other day, he planned to have a bean bag in a shape of a hamburger. That is when I jumped in, and had my next project in line: attempt a DIY hamburger bean bag. So I took a ride to Jo-Ann Fabrics and bought the fabric (all of the fabrics were 54 inches wide): - 4 yards of Honey plush felt (for the bread) - 2 yards of chocolate plush felt (for the burger) - 1 yard of yellow fleece (for cheese) - 1 yard of of green fleece (for lettuce) - 1 yard of red fleece (for tomatoes) - 2 yards of any fabric to make the bottom parts (I used an old piece of tough fabric, and a old pillowcase). For filling material I went to AC Moore: - 2 boxes of 5 Lbs polyester fiber fill (for stuffing the bread) - 1 roll of quilt batting for stuffing the flat projects. * The material didn't come out exactly cheap like I thought, especially because the discount coupon I had wasn't valid until the next day. Back home I had to find a way to make a pattern. So I started from the bottom, and made the bread: I cut a 34 inch diameter piece of a tough fabric (I used denim) I had at home. Color doesn't matter because it will be on the floor. And I cut what would be the sides of the bread, a strip 104 inches long by 12 inches high. To complete this piece of bread I cut another 34 inch diameter, this time in the bread color fabric. Using the burger color, I cut two 34 inches diameter circles. and a strip 2 inches high and 104 inches long. For the lettuce I just used the green fabric, folded, and cut waves around. For two tomatoes, four circles of 16 inches diameters, and four long strips 49 inches long by 1 inch high to make the sides. Finally the top bread piece, I used a pillowcase, cut it open, and cut a 34 inch diameter circle, for the part underneath. And for the part on top, a 46 inches diameter circle, with the honey color fabric for the bread. Next morning I was ready for work. I started from the bottom, sewing the circle that goes on the floor, with the sides of the bread. Here is a view upside down, after sewing. Next I sewed the 34 inches circle in the bread color to the top, leaving an opening for stuffing. This is after stuffed. For the cheeses I cut the yellow fabric in half, to make two half yard pieces of cheese. I also cut the quilting stuffing (called Quilt Batting) in the same shape. And sewed two rectangles. Next for the lettuce, I first cut the filling in the shape, sewed, then stuffed. For the tomatoes I first sewed the strips on the side, to give a little height. A little trick I learned from my Mom, is that for round sewing projects, we need to make small cuts after sewing, to give a better finish after turning right side out. Then cutting the filling to a round shape, stuff and close. The burger piece was like the tomato but big: sewing the sides with the strip, sewing the top, stuff and close. The last part was the top bread. So I hand sewed the 46 inches circle (with the honey colored fleece) and pulled the seam, to make the circumference smaller to match the 34 inch circle ( made with the green pillowcase fabric). Then both sewed together, leaving a hole to turn inside out. By this time I needed help to put the stuffing in. After closing it already looked like a hamburger. Finally to make more realistic, I made the sesame seeds using scraps of white fleece (cut into a teardrop shape), and hand sewn to the bread. I was so relieved that my final work was how I imagined. After all the money and time I spent, it would be a shame to be all ruined. Thank Heavens it worked. And everyone enjoyed.