Saturday, June 6, 2009


Well, I finally got around to making the wonder box. When I sat down and really read the directions, they weren't vague, I was just tired and dense. They are great and I have just added some pictures. I also had to think dimensional and not flat to get it. I suddenly remembered making stuffed toys, many years ago, and realized why I wasn't getting it.

June 7-- I have put a pork roast with mushrooms, potatoes and carrots in the wonder box. Tonight's post will have the pictures of the process and the results . . . sure hope I don't embarrass myself putting this one on!

1. This takes about 3 yards of fabric or one old sheet that was on the top, so it has lots of wear left in it. Thanks Bri! 2. Lay it out so that you can cut 4 of each piece. 3. Don't forget to stop and smell the roses . . . OK, maybe just to share the table for the most important things in life. "Fun" with the little ones who are growing up way too fast.

1. I blew up the pictures to try to show the broken lines I put in on the stitching line . . . to make sure that I did it in the right places. I had a four year old "helping" me. I can get sidetracked pretty easily without help . . . and this morning was a k'nex morning besides! Remember that you just need to leave an opening for filling. I almost started filling without closing the second one. That would have been lot of fun!

Sew the two long sides starting at the 90 degree mark to the opposite end. I used dark thread so that you can see the stitching. I also used a stretch stitch in case it is pulled. It makes three rows of stitching that have some give and may avoid escaping beans later. They make a horrible mess. At least the bean bag I had in the 70's and 80's did! 2. Find the right sides, put them together and stitch all around. 3. Here is the whole thing sewn together. Turn it right side out and it is ready to fill!

1. I lucked out and had a big funnel from a strainer that I use to make apple sauce, tomato sauce and stuff like that. I taped it on to make it easier to fill the bag myself. 2. It worked really well. 3. Sew the opening up with just regular large stitches, in case the amount of styrofoam beans needs to be adjusted.

1. This a six quart pressure cooker that is 10" in diameter & 6 " deep. 2. 8 inches wide and 4 deep inches . I was pleased to find that the bottom was versatile. 3. I'm not sure how they got the whole thing to look so symmetrical in the internet article, but I suppose that it would cook just the same looking like it was from a Dr. Seuss book :-)

August 7 - - - -Just found these great pics to demonstrate the construction of a Wonder Box. Click HERE.