I cut my strips 1 3/4 inches by 5 inches, 6 of them. Stitch them together in the order you'd like. Lay on a piece of batting and quilt. Square it up, then fold it in half, right sides together, and stitch the long side. Stitch across one end, with the previous seam in the middle of the end one, so the long seam ends up on the bottom. Turn right side out, fill with sand, handstitch the other end.
If you use different types of needles, as well as different sizes, you could divide each section into sections going the other direction as well.
A 30 minute project that will save you hours of aggrivation! :-)