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How to Deal With Too Many Stuffed Animals – Bean Bag Chairs

May 30, 2015

We have way too many stuffed animals. Every time I talk about getting rid of some my kids go bonkers. So I needed a plan to deal with all of the stuffed animals we have. I got this amazing idea several months ago from my good friend who lives in wine country but grew up with me in Louisiana. I saw that she had two giant beanbags and they were stuffed with stuffed animals! Genius! Since then, I’ve been thinking about making bean bag covers after not finding any that I liked online, but let’s face it, I don’t have time.

I was just looking at heavy weight fabric the other day, but I had my three year old twins with me. Needless to say, the shopping trip didn’t go well. The fabric I was looking at was 50% off of between $20 and $30 a yard. Pricy when you need 5 yards.

I ran across these bean bags at Target and they were cute, the colors I had been looking for, and way less money than I would pay for the other fabric alone. There was a metal “lock” so the zipper wouldn’t come open and spill millions of little fillers all over your house. I can understand why they put on the lock. I know three little girls who would have a field day with all the styrofoam inside. I certainly wouldn’t put it past them.

 

Bean bags from Target

Bean bags from Target

 

This bean bag had a metal ring on it to ensure that the zipper would not open and spill tons of styrofoam pellets all over your house.

 

Metal ring to keep from unzipping

Metal ring to keep from unzipping

 

I tried to cut the lock/metal jump ring off but that proved harder than I thought. Instead, we used two pairs of pliers to twist the jump ring open. We found the seam of the jump ring by turning it around until it reached the top.

 

Find the seam of the jump ring by turning it around to the top.

Find the seam of the jump ring by turning it around to the top.

 

 

Twist the jump ring on either side of the seam until it opens enough to twist it off.

Twist the jump ring on either side of the seam until it opens enough to twist it off.

 

Then we twisted the ring, each side of the seam in a different direction. Then pulled  it out of the bean bag. (When I say “we,” I really mean my husband. Thanks, Honey!)

 

Separated the ends of the jump ring by twisting.

Separated the ends of the jump ring by twisting.

 

Lots and lots of pellets inside.

Lots and lots of pellets inside.

 

We dumped the styrofoam pellets in large garbage bad VERY CAREFULLY! I closed the zipper part way to control the amount that came out. I taped the garbage bag to the bean bag in various places so that they couldn’t fall out if the bag slipped.

 

Carefully dump the pellets into a plastic bag

Carefully dump the pellets into a plastic bag

 

I took a lot of precautions. That kind of huge spill would have almost been un-clean-up-able. We would have been finding those pellets for decades. We put the fillers in a bag until I think of another project for them.

 

All these pellets...what am I going to do with these? Thinking...

All these pellets…what am I going to do with these? Thinking…

 

Then all the stuffed animals went in and …Voila… No more stuffed animals all. over. the. place.

 

The stuffed animals go in!

The stuffed animals go in!

 

Stuffed animals in!

Stuffed animals in!

 

Sitting all all her fuzzy friends inside the bean bag.

Sitting all all her fuzzy friends inside the bean bag.

 

One disastrous mess organized… 247 more to go…at least.

 

Where do you keep your stuffed animals?

Where do you keep your stuffed animals?

 

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Where do you keep your stuffed animals?

Where do you keep your stuffed animals?

 

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