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Easy-Sew Bean Bags Plus Games

easy-sew fleece beanbags

These fleece bean bags were super simple to sew! The slightly-stretchy fleece makes great bean bag material, and by stitching a half-inch in on this no-fray fabric I was able to sew them quickly on the machine – no hand stitching these! I filled them with poly pellets so that they can be washed, if need be. They were made from the scraps of the fun fleece print that I used to make soft lounge pants for the girls a couple years ago. See, fabric hoarding pays off! =)

Here are a few ways we like to play with bean bags:

  • Indoor “snowball” fights
  • Target practice – throw them in buckets, or a spot on the wall or floor
  • Use them as pillows for dolls (and beds for small dolls)
  • Practice juggling – Mike is good at this, the rest of us are vying for the title of “top klutz”
  • Use as stepping stones in an imaginary river – don’t fall in!

What are your favorite bean bag games?

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

18 thoughts on “Easy-Sew Bean Bags Plus Games”

  1. Joyce @Dinosaurs And Octopuses

    We love bean bags! And bean bags I can sew on a machine would be lovely. Yay for fabric hoarding!

  2. Elisa | blissfulE

    Clever! I wouldn’t have thought of stepping stones as a use for beanbags. They are a very versatile toy, and yours are cute and soft!

  3. The picture of your girls in the fleece pants – SO CUTE!!!

    The bean-bags are such a great idea for all kinds of winter indoor ACTIVE fun! Other activities – playing catch, maybe hot potato, taking turns object, I was thinking they would make great Valentine’s gifts for children especially if they were heart shaped, sand bags for when your dolls are having a flood, my ideas are getting silly I better stop!

  4. Those look awesome! I like that they are a quick project, and they look so soft. Thanks for sharing Maryanne!

  5. Thanks for the reminder that I have to make mine! Last summer I bought frisbees on clearance at Michael’s for .10 — and was going to print numbers to put in them for a bean bag toss game.

    Need to get busy! LOL!

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