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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Shape Bean Bags:.

My niece's birthday was back in January, and I decided to take on my third sewing project to make her a gift. I had some cute pink and green fabric laying around, and my sister and I were talking about the beanbags she's been making for her kids lately (pyramids - cool!) So I decided to make bean bags for my niece that were different shapes.

What you need:

- fabric
- sewing materials
- dry beans, rice, etc.
- ribbon

I started out making templates of my shapes. You wouldn't necessarily need to do this if you weren't planning on ever making them again, but I figured why not just in case!

Pin your templates on your fabric and cut them out.

I decided to leave my seams out, and sewed the wrong sides together. I thought the messy look would be kind of cute. If this isn't your thing, sew your right sides together. Either way, leave a small opening.

Put in your beans! I wouldn't do it totally full because then the beans can't move around at all, and you will have a more tricky time sewing them back up.

Sew up your opening - either with machine (seams out) or by hand (seams in).

I thought it would be fun to make a little matching bag to keep the bean bags in. I measured two rectangles of fabric. I sewed right sides together along one side.

Then I pinned down a couple of inches all along the top and sewed it. This is where my drawstring is going to pull through.

Next I pinned my bottom right sides together and sewed that together.

Then I pinned and sewed my last side together. Make sure you don't sew all the way to the top or else you won't be able to string your drawstring through.

Pull your bag right side out.

I used ribbon for my drawstring. Normally I'd say use a safety pin to get it through, but I couldn't find one, so I used a paper clip!

Put your bean bags in the bag and cinch shut.


Easy, cute gift!



  1. We have been on a bean bag kick in our house (my daughter is learning to sew and these are easy to do). We just did an Alien Shaped one a few weeks ago.

    We've had a request to make several for a daycare, and I'm thinking the shapes could add to the educational value! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great gift! I recently made jelly bean shaped bean bags for Easter. So quick and fun.

  3. I am really considering learning how to sew, and these would be a really easy start for me. However, what on earth do you use them for? :o) Thanks!

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  5. This is a cute idea. I need to make these this summer for my younger kids. One would enjoy playing and the other would like to make them.


  6. What a fun gift idea!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!


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