What do you do when broke and invited

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What do you do when broke and invited

to a child's first b-day? I sat here and asked myself that question just this am. I only got the invitation on Wed and the party is today. I have to and want to go, the child's older siblings are my 2 kids best friends and I watched Mama raise this kid so far. We work together and I knew her before the prego and since we bring our kids to work with us I feel bonded to this baby girl. So bowing out saying we have other plans (and we do) was not a way out of a gift. We will be going late as Peter has a T-ball game but still I want to make an appearance. So why am I posting on this board you may ask. Smile

Together DH and I pulled our skills and made her....

A set of knitted bean bag balls. He sewed the bean bags and I knit a ball shape to put the bean filled cloth bags in. It took us 2 hours to make 3 balls but they came out so cute. Since I just used yarn and material I had laying leftover from other projects around the house and beans from my pantry they where free.

Pictures are comming. They are each approx the size of a tennis ball, I hope that is a good size for a 1 year old. Peter (3) and Tessa (22 months) loved them after getting hold of them one at a time as I was making them. Biggrin

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Update: the mama loved them. I am known for making soap though so she wanted to know if they where bath toys (soap filled) before letting her DD have them.

Would you be happy if your toddler received beanbags for a b-day gift?

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I would love them too. Bean bags are fun, and very little risk for injury (they'd have to really cut the things apart to get in there & choke on the beans).

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No batteries? Check
No sharp edges to step on at 2 in the morning? Check

I would be very happy with beanbags for my kid Biggrin

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These are actually on my list of things to make for my boys! Except, Im not sure if I will use beans or just fluff.

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interesting post-

I was just thinking about kids presents and what I could make- especially now that I have lots of 100% cotton yarn.

I bought a book of knitted toys, but there's also lots of stuff online for free patterns as well. I was going to start making a few so I'd have them on-hand. The only thing is I'll have to make 2 of each, as ds want some as well.

I'd also say socks- hand-knitted baby socks would be wonderful-
even if it's warmer clothing- like hats, or sweaters, that can be used in the fall, that's still appreciated by the Mom. My ds loves getting clothes, or toys, we say our thank-yous for them all. He didn't really notice if it was a toy or clothing though, until last year (5)- before that, every present was totally fun.

Another thing- bigger project, but a special blanket that's a bigger boy blanket, not a baby one.

I have to come up with ideas because I'm probably going to be getting invites for more 5s and 6th birthdays- and I need boy ideas- I like the ban bags for them too. I also like tiaras, or hats for the girls - and slippers are fun for both as well, maybe felted even.

Since the beans were sewn inside the pouch, they should be safe. I'd be okay with ds getting those now (with the beans), but if he'd have gotten them when he was one, I'd probably put them aside for a few years. Dh gets all over concerned about choking hazards, and we tend to be over cautious. I like the idea of using the stuffing too.

There's a favorite pattern of mine- have to find it- of a knitted worm, where the yarn twists around to make a body. It can be a really fun toy for kids, with the texture, but could also be used on a window sill or bottom of the door for a draft protector. I wouldn't use plastic eyes, but just a little yarn for facial features.

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As long as it's not noisy and my kids love it, I love it Wink

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This is how they turned out.

Yesterday the kids had them at work and where playing hot potato.

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Those are great! A one year old would love those. I'm going to see if I can find/figure out a pattern to crochet some. I love homemade presents and things that require some imagination so much better than all those electronic toys. Good job!

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Oh my word - those are just adorable - I would love it if my kids ever got them as a gift. I would be totally honored and in love with them.

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Those are totally adorable! And really, a one year old will probably enjoy them much more than a noisy plastic toy. Awesome job!

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thanks

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did you follow a pattern for them? They look amazing - I've been looking for something to make my nephew for Christmas.

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I do everything on my knitting looms. I used my smallest loom and did 5 inch tubes (with 2 colors of yearn) and then finished off the ends with a draw sting type method of getting it off the loom with a upholstery noddle. DH sewed 3x4 inch stretch material in to bean bags and stuffed with dry peas/beans or rice whatever so tight that they bulge out. I put them in the yarn bag and cinch it closed and so weaving with my crochet hook to hide the draw string 3 to 4 times around the top of the bag helping it stay closed too.