I have been wanting to buy my children bean bags for a while and never got to it. I have a CD of bean bag toss songs that teach following directions that I used with my own preschool classes when I was teaching. It was a great indoor activity in the heat of Summer, rainy days or the cold of Winter that kept the students focused, but moving to burn their pent up energy. There are countless games that you can play with bean bags, but they can cost (without shipping) from $10 for a few to $30 for specialty sets. I am a novice with the sewing machine, but since I have mastered the straight line, I figured I could make some bean bags for my children with leftover scrap fabric. Here is what I did in case you are interested in trying it out yourself...oh, and I am going to give away sets of bean bags at the end, so read on and comment to win!
Step 1: Gather some fabric-If you have a scrap fabric bin or basket, look through it for scraps that can be cut into squares of anywhere between 5 and 7 inches.
Step 3: Cut your fabric into squares. (I measured 7 inches.) You will need two squares per bean bag. I use a white crayon to mark my fabric, but you can use a pen or tailor chalk if you have it. Place the fabric right sides together and sew along 3 sides to make a 'pita pocket'.
Step 4: Put about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of beans or rice in a zip top bag, seal the bag, and if you desire use duct tape to tape the bag. (The bag will not be full of beans, so as in the picture below, you will have excess bag that can be taped down to help it hold it's shape in the fabric pocket. I did not use the tape.)
Step 5: Place the bag into the fabric pocket. Tuck any excess bag down inside so that it does not bunch up too much. (The bag is used to prevent the beans or rice from absorbing moisture over time that could grow mold. Mold is an issue in our neck of the woods, so I am taking this precaution to get as much life out of these bean bags as possible.)
Step 6: Sew the bean bag closed. I am not an expert seamstress, so I just tucked in the open side, pinned it and sewed a seam across the top. You can use a fancier stitch by hand to hide your seam if you want.
Step 7: Repeat steps 1-6 until you have as many bean bags as you want. The picture below shows how many I made within about 30 minutes. All that it cost was the price of the beans! They've been tossed and caught and dropped on the floor many times already and not one has popped. Very simple, very easy, and they can be used for so many activities. You can even make a bean bag toss game out of a cardboard box. I saw one on Pinterest that looked like the mouth of a funny monster which would be fun!
Don't own a sewing machine? Not really crafty? You can win a set of 3 bean bags...post a comment below listing what part of this blog you use/read the most and why. I will draw two names out of a hat from all who comment and those two will each win a set of 3 bean bags from the color/fabric choices above. You have until Friday, July 6 to comment. Good luck!
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