Bean Bags

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Do you remember Bean Bags?

I had completely forgotten about them, but now that I have a child of my own, I realize how much fun they are and how much they help development in so many areas.

I planned to make them for my son’s birthday.
In this plan, I was to make 10 numbers and the whole alphabet.

Well at 35 weeks pregnant, I realized that making 36 bean bags probably wasn’t the best idea! :)

For little man’s birthday, I made 10 numbers, 0-9, with different shapes on the back. I also made A, B, and C with the lower case letters on the back.

Of course, bean bags can have anything on them, or nothing but fun prints!

The best part is how easy they are to make!

If you want to have stuff on them, you can applique like I did.

I took different fabrics and ironed them on using HeatnBond Ultrahold. Since I used ultrahold and these will be rarely washed, I didn’t do any additional stitching.

I made my squares to be 4″ x 4″ each.

Once the squares are ready, put them right sides together and prepare to sew.

I sewed with a little less than a 1/4″ seam, because some of my shapes were quite large.

Make sure to leave an opening to turn the fabric right side out.

Turn your bean bag right side out. Use one of our turning tools to help push the seams out.

Press your bean bag and make sure to fold the edges down where the seam was left open.

Now we fill the bean bags with beans!

I just used dry Pinto beans. For the amount of bags I did, a medium sized bag would work.

To help fill my bags, I made myself a little funnel and poured the beans into that. I am not saying this would be the easiest way to do this, but this is what I did. :)

I filled the bags up about 3/4 of the way.
(I ended up doing a little more than the picture below shows.)

Then I hand stitched the opening closed.

All the fabric I used was from my scrap box, so this is a great way to use up scraps.

But if you’re wanting a certain look, then make sure to check out The Ribbon Retreat‘s wonderful fabric selection. :)

These have been so much fun for us!

These would be a fun surprise for your kids or great gifts for others.
They can also be a fun craft for older kids.
Allow your creativity to run wild. :)

Bean Bags - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

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6 Comments

  1. Posted March 25, 2011 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    So cute! You did an awesome job. I keep meaning to make these… maybe you’ve inspired me :)

  2. Melissa
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    This is such a cute idea…I was also thinking it might be nice to make the child’s name and the numbers as a set…but anything at all is great!! Thanks for sharing, I plan to make some of these…;)

  3. Brittany
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute! I need to make some for Maggie! They would be a great “getting ready for kindergarten toy”. I could also do numbers and plus, minus and multiplication signs to play games with my older kids!

  4. Kristie
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    I’m 33 weeks pregnant and still working on sewing projects. You’re not the only crazy one! :)

    • Shirley
      Posted October 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kristy! It’s amazing how much time I thought I had and it just seemed to run out! :) That little baby is now 5 months so it was fun to go back and look at this post. Thanks for reading! I hope you’re feeling great and getting your projects done!

  5. Posted December 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Looks great and comfortable. That is a wonderful bean bags. I am impressed! Your fabric is much more stylish than what they offer. Best quality bean bags and bean bags chairs that will blow our mind. Thank you for sharing valuable information.

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