Loose Threads: Making Bean Bags

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Making Bean Bags

The other afternoon before I went to babysit with my grandson, I made  some bean bags for him to play with.  I made 8 bean bags in no time.  Here is how I did it.



I cut two 5 inch squares from each of the fabrics you see below.  I also cut two 5 inch squares of muslin for each bean bag.  This would be a good charm pack project.



I had to go out and buy the muslin, and while I was there I saw the Sesame Street fabric and couldn't resist buying just a bit of that, too.


I chain sewed the muslin with a 1/2" seam allowance.  


If you start on one side of the square and sew a few stitches on that fourth side, it makes it easier to turn the edges under and machine sew them when they are full of the beans.



Put 3/4 cup of lentils or other dried beans in each bag.
 
Then I just rolled the edge under and sew.  Sometimes those beans took on a life of their own when they were put under that presser foot.






Daniel is almost 18 months so I thought we could play..."throw the (fill in the color) bean bag"


I had a bit of leftover wrapping paper and covered a box so we could make a game out of it.  Daniel had fun playing bean bag and also enjoyed pushing the cat around in the box.

I know that Cornhole is really popular, and if you have someone that is good at woodworking you can make a game board pretty easily.  If you just Google Cornhole game, I'm sure there are some measurements and/or directions on line to make a board.  


I know you don't really need a tutorial to make a bean bag, but I've been busy and have been doing some hand work in the evenings so there isn't really a lot to show yet.
 

I hope you are finding some time to stitch!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

12 comments:

Janet O. said...

Cute idea, LuAnn. You must be a fun grandma!

Josie said...

Thanks! You just reminded me I need to make a couple of wheat bags :o) What is it with kids, cats and boxes.. bet they both had fun. Love the bean bag game... makes me wish I had grandchildren ;o))

Karen said...

What a great reminder of how fun and easy some things are. Thanks for sharing.

Teresa said...

Cute bean bags. I have 8 grandkids all under the age of 10 and I bet they would enjoy a Cornhole game, whatever that is..Got to check that out!

Charo said...

I like the idea of a bean bag as a toy! yours look very nice.

Charo said...

I like the idea of a bean bag as a toy! yours look very nice.

Charo said...

I like the idea of a bean bag as a toy! yours look very nice.

Charo said...

I like the idea of a bean bag as a toy! yours look very nice.

Charo said...

I like the idea of a bean bag as a toy! yours look very nice.

Charo said...

I like the idea of a bean bag as a toy! yours look very nice.

Rosa said...

They are super cute!

Irenbjor said...

Luann I was truly inspired by your hexies. You know how to pick colors well.I am trying some out but my colors OH well !!!Here I am again,...

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