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I came up with these Bean Bag Shooting Stars many years ago, but never got around to doing them. So I got to it. Yesterday there was a 25% sale off everything at Joann’s (which I didn’t even know about until I was standing in line with less than $20 worth of stuff). Anyway, I brought my eldest daughter with me to pick out the colors she wanted her stars to be. We ended up choosing 8 different colors. (Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Lavender, and White). We bought a single sheet of felt for each color. They were 38 cents each, and after the sale and coupons, they were 14 cents each. We then picked out some matching 1/8″ ribbons from the ribbon department. I bought each 10 yd roll for 50 cents each, but they ended up being a lot cheaper after the sales. I already had my thread, sewing machine, and a 2 lb bag of pinto beans that were hiding in the back of my pantry. So I was good to go. =)

Anyway, I will show you a quick photo step by step with short descriptions, since most of it is pretty self-explanatory. These aren’t by any means the most beautifully done (I’ve got a 3 year old and a 10 month old to tend to, so I had to make these quick — and my oldest is very curious about how my sewing machine works).

Here is everything step by step!

Trace a thick star outline onto a sheet of felt, folded in half (because you'll need a front and back)

Trace a thick star outline onto a sheet of felt, folded in half (because you’ll need a front and back)

Cut out your stars together

Cut out your stars together

You will have two

You will have two

Place them side by side

Place them side by side (They look kinda lopsided, but that’s okay, it gets trimmed later)

Cut all your ribbons to the same length (I cut 8 ribbons about 14 inches long each).  These are 1/8" thick and they match all of the felt colors we picked out

Cut all your ribbons to the same length (I cut 8 ribbons about 14 inches long each). These are 1/8″ thick and they match all of the felt colors we picked out

Place all ribbons in a line on a piece of tape (this is an easy way to keep them flat and together while sewing)

Place all ribbons in a line on a piece of tape (this is an easy way to keep them flat and together while sewing)

Now you have your stars and ribbon tail ready

Now you have your stars and ribbon tail ready

Place ribbons where you want your tail (mine is at the bottom center) Sticky side of the tape on the felt to hold it in place.

Place ribbons where you want your tail (mine is at the bottom center) Sticky side of the tape on the felt to hold it in place.

 

Evenly place the other felt star on top of the star with the ribbon tail.

Evenly place the other felt star on top of the star with the ribbon tail.

Make sure all the edges are lined up, and your felt is completely flat

Make sure all the edges are lined up, and your felt is completely flat

Now sew almost completely around your star, about 1/8 inch from the edge, all while making sure the edges stay lined up as closely as possible

Now sew almost completely around your star, about 1/8 inch from the edge, all while making sure the edges stay lined up as closely as possible

About 1/8 inch from the edge

About 1/8 inch from the edge

When sewing over your ribbons, keep them flat with your free hand, and sew slowly. **Be careful**

When sewing over your ribbons, keep them flat with your free hand, and sew slowly. **Be careful**

Do not sew all the way around, leave about a 1/2 inch opening so you can fill it with beans!

Do not sew all the way around, leave about a 1/2 inch opening so you can fill it with beans!

The opening for filling with beans should be about 2 finger widths

The opening for filling with beans should be about 2 finger widths

Place a funnel into your star

Place a funnel into your star

Fill with beans (or rice)

Fill with beans (or rice)

Pack it extra full, but do not fill your top point of the star (this leaves room to fit it under your sewing machine foot)

Pack it extra full, but do not fill your top point of the star (this leaves room to fit it under your sewing machine foot)

Sew it closed!

Sew it closed!

After its sewn closed, push some beans into the empty part of your star

After its sewn closed, push some beans into the empty part of your star

Trim off any excess or uneven felt around the edges & have fun!!

Trim off any excess or uneven felt around the edges & have fun!!

 

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