DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

March 5, 2014 in Projects

The theme of my nephew’s first birthday party is Old Fashioned County Fair, so I made some quick and cute bean bags for a bean bag toss. Follow this easy tutorial to whip up a set for yourself!

BONUS: this DIY Bean Bag Tutorial is an excellent scrap buster, so no need to purchase more fabric! 

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

Supplies:

Each bag requires two 5″ x 5″ squares of fabric

Thread

Pinto Beans (or the like)

Sewing Machine

Funnel (or paper rolled to create a funnel)

Instructions:

First, cut 2 squares (per bag) at 5″ by 5″ (finished bean bag measurement is 4.5″ by 4.5″). Place pretty sides together. Then, using your sewing machine, stitch around all 4 sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 1″ opening to allow for turning.

 

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

 

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

 

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

Then, push a corner into the bag and…

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

Use a pen or other tool to…

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

Push that corner into the 1″ opening…

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

 

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

Turning several at the same time is efficient :)

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

All turned and ready for the next step!

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

Ok, at this point, because I was using white thread and didn’t want to change my thread for every color, I stitched close to the edge (about an 1/8″ away from the edge) so that when I stitched the opening closed, my stitch would be the same as the perimeter stitching. It’s also added durability. (If you don’t care about the thread matching or if your thread will blend well, then, skip this step).

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

Place funnel in opening and fill with beans…you may have to gently shake the funnel to get clogs out and a continual flow of beans. Fill about 75-80% full.

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

Stitch the opening closed by ensuring all beans are to the left of the bag (none interfering with the sewing machine foot).

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

Topstitched bean bag done!

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

For bean bags that are not topstitched around the perimeter, just fill and machine stitch the opening closed! If you are working with a fabric that won’t show the stitch as much, this is a great option! Shown below…

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

 

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

Fun and quick little project…and kids love them!

Totally Stitchin': DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

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