Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tip...beanbag helper

To make a handy dandy beanbag helper, you will need uncooked beans from the grocery store, opaque panty hose. I used white, but any color you may have on hand will work. You can make the bag any size you want.
1...I cut a length of hose about 5 inch long.
2...Sew one end on your sewing machine or by hand.
3...Turn inside out.
3...Fill with beans, but not too full. You want it squishy so that it will hold things securely.
4...Sew opening on your sewing machine or by hand.
Presto you are done in about 15 minutes or so.

Uses for the bags. When photographing my dolls I rest my camera on a few bags stacked  on top of each other. The bags keep the camera steady, and  I can easily and quickly reposition my camera for a different angle shot.This works much better for me then repositioning an awkward tripod.

On a small Lazy Susan I stack a few bags. Now I have a hands free seat for my doll to sit securely on while I wig her. I can feel comfortable that she is not going to fall off as I turn the Lazy Susan to check out the wigging process from all angles. It also makes for a quick place to stick the corsage pin I use as I style her hair.

If you can think of any other uses for the handy dandy beanbag helper please share them in the comment section.


  1. I LOVE the idea of using them instead of a tri-pod! Brilliant, hmmm I wonder if I've got any dried beans in the pantry???

  2. What a fantastic idea, Nancy, and what a lovely view you have while you work.
    Thanks for sharing :o)

  3. Beautiful art work! Thanks for offering these gifts and thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Brilliant idea. I am going to make myself some too! Thank you so much for sharing! Carla

  5. Wow Thanks Nancy!
    I have one of your older resin fairies and she is just my favorite!!!

  6. Such a fabulous tip Nancy , I love this idea ! thank you so much :0)
    julie xxx

  7. I never thought of that! Thanks so much. Wonderful work.