How to Make Bean Bags for Bean Bag Toss

    by Natasha Lawrence

    About the Author

    For over 25 years, Natasha Lawrence has written for publications from "Alaska Business Monthly" to "Savannah Magazine" and provided destination content as Florida city editor for Wcities. Her expertise in arts and crafts includes calligraphy, painting, mosaics, jewelry making, paper crafts and home decor, often offering workshops in museums and art centers.


    Bean bag toss -- tossing bean bags into holes cut in a board -- is a popular game for both children and adults. You can easily scale the difficulty to suit each thrower's age and ability by standing closer to, or farther from, the target. Adults and children can also collaborate on making the bean bags, as long as adults handle the sewing machine.

    Things You'll Need

    • 1/3-yard lightweight cotton fabric
    • 1/3-yard lightweight cotton fabric in a contrasting color
    • White thread
    • Sewing machine
    • Scissors
    • Needle
    • Iron
    • Measuring tape
    • 12 cups dried navy beans

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    Measure and cut the first piece of fabric into 16 5-inch-by-5-inch squares. Do the same for the second piece of fabric. This is enough to create two sets of eight bean bags in each color.

    Line up the edges on two squares of the same fabric, right sides facing in. Using the sewing machine threaded with white thread, straight stitch a 1-inch margin around all four sides of the fabric pieces, leaving a 2-inch gap that is not stitched.

    Turn each bag right side out through the gap you left, using the point of the scissors to poke the corners into shape.

    Iron each bag flat.

    Fill each bag with three-quarters of a cup of dried navy beans.

    Thread the needle with white thread. Slip-stitch the openings in each bag securely closed, so the beans won't fall out.

    • Children can help with this project, as long as you handle the iron and sewing machine.