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 lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. Joyce @Dinosaurs And Octopuses

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

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