How to Make Bean Bags
During the summer months, I am always looking for creative things to do with my kids that will not only keep them busy for an hour but will give them weeks of happiness and entertainment. So many of our summer craft projects end up in a pile of “completed work” or as a temporary decoration for the refrigerator so I am always excited when I find a project that doubles as a toy!
Last summer, I decided to make bean bags with my kids and they were a HUGE hit! Not only are they great for playing corn hole, you can make up games throwing them in empty cardboard boxes, have a bean bag fight, and the list goes on. Plus, they are SUPER easy to make (with a little help for young kids) and really cute – you can even give them as homemade gifts.
- Fabric – I used scraps of lightweight canvas and made 3” x 6” bean bags (so you would need 2 3” x 6” pieces for each bag). If you don’t have fabric scraps, an old pair of jeans works great!
- Sewing pins
- Dried beans (I used dried pinto beans because that’s what I had)
- OPTIONAL: sewing machine or serger (I think kids love to use a sewing machine and it makes the project move faster so you can get more bean bags during their attention span)
- OPTIONAL: cutting mat and rotary cutter (Makes it a lot faster and easier)
- Cut out your beanbag front and back 3”x6” using a rotary cutter and mat (parental help needed). If you want to try this out and don’t own one, you can always rent one here. You can always draw a rectangle on your fabric with a sharpie or pencil and cut it out using scissors.
- Put the wrong sides of the front and back pieces together and sew around the edges of 3 sides leaving one of the short sides open. You can either use an overlock stitch on a serger or a zig zag stitch on a regular sewing machine (available for rent here). I let my kids sit on my lap and do the sewing which they thought was a lot of fun!
- Fill the bag with beans through the open end.
- Pin the open side closed using sewing pins.
- Sew across the open side to close the beanbag using a serger or a zig zag stitch. If you use a serger you need to be careful to take out the pins before sewing.
- Play! My kids are still playing with these a year later. We even rented a Corn hole game (available here) when we had some friends over recently and my kids loved playing with (and showing off) their own homemade bean bags!