How to Make a Bean Bag

Kids playing cornhole
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    Free Bean Bag Pattern

    How to Make a Bean Bag
    How to Make a Bean Bag. Sherri Osborn

    Follow these instructions to learn how to make a bean bag. This is a great, simple sewing project! I made my bean bags to use with the Cornhole game boards my husband made.

    How to Make a Bean Bag

    • Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
    • Time Required: 30 minutes

    The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstance. For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making this craft.

    We...MORE will start out by gathering our supplies.

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    Gathering The Supplies

    Gathering The Supplies
    Gathering The Supplies. Sherri Osborn

    Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:

    • Fabric Scraps (heavy fabric works best)
    • Muslin (acts like a liner)
    • Dried Beans​
    • Thread​
    • Cutting Mat
    • Ruler
    • Rotary Cutter
    • Sewing Machine or Needle and Thread
    • Measuring Cup​
    • Straight Pins​
    • Scissors (not pictured)

    Now we can get started by cutting our fabric.

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    Cut Fabric and Muslin Squares

    Cut Fabric and Muslin Squares
    Cut Fabric and Muslin Squares. Sherri Osborn

    Start out by cutting the fabric and muslin. My Bean Bags were simple squares, but you can make them any shape you like. Cut two pieces of fabric for each bean bag you are making. I cut my squares (the red and blue fabric in the picture) so they were 7-inches by 7-inches. Also cut two pieces out of the muslin, the same shape as your fabric, but about an inch smaller (I cut mine to 6-inches x 6-inches). The muslin is actually what you will put the beans in. The muslin bag will then be sewn into...MORE the larger shell.

    The specifications I used for making the bean bags pictured here are for a fun outdoor bean bag game called 'Cornhole'. You can find directions for making the Cornhole Game Board here.

    Next, we will start sewing the fabric squares.

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    Sew Three Sides

    Sew Three Sides of the Bean Bags
    Sew Three Sides of the Bean Bags.

    Lay the 2 pieces of matching fabric squares (or whatever shape you made) on top of each other, making sure the right sides of the fabric are facing each other. The right side of the fabric is whatever side you want to show on the outside of the finished bean bag. You want to match up the edges as well as possible. Do the same with the muslin.

    Now, using the sewing machine or a needle and thread, sew 3 of the 4 sides together. If you are making a different shape, do your best to sew 3/4's of...MORE it together.

    If you are hand sewing, use a tight back stitch.

    Now we need to turn the bean bags.

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    Turn Your Bean Bags

    Turn Your Bean Bags Right Side Out
    Turn Your Bean Bags Right Side Out. Sherri Osborn

    Use your scissors to clip the fabric at each sewn point. Be careful on to cut the thread! This simply helps the fabric lay in the corners a little smoother.

    Now, carefully turn your bean bag right-side-out. You can use a pen or pencil to gently push out the corners.

    Your bean bags are now ready to be filled.

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    Fill Your Bean Bag Liner

    Fill Your Bean Bag Liner
    Fill Your Bean Bag Liner.

    We are now ready to fill our bean bags with beans. The beans will be put into the muslin liner. I used 2 cups of beans (that is what these Cornhole directions recommend).

    The next step is to sew the liner closed.

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    Sewing Your Bean Bag Liner

    Sewing Your Bean Bag Liner Closed
    Sewing Your Bean Bag Liner Closed.

    Once your muslin bag is filled with beans, fold the top 1/2-inch of the opening down into the bag. Sew the opening shut. Don't worry about how it looks because you will not see it once it is in the bean bag.

    Once the liner is sewn shut, we need to put the liner into the shell.

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    Put the Liner into the Shell

    Put the Liner into the Shell
    Put the Liner into the Shell.

    This step is simple, slide the muslin bean bag into the bean bag shell.

    Now we will prepare the shell to be sewn.

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    Pin the Bean Bag Shell Closed

    Pin the Bean Bag Shell Closed
    Pin the Bean Bag Shell Closed.

    Just like with the muslin bag, fold the top 1/2-inch of the opening down into the bag. Pin the opening shut so it stays in place while you sew.

    Finally, we can now sew the bean bag closed.

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    Sewing the Bean Bag Shut

    Sewing the Bean Bag Shut
    Sewing the Bean Bag Shut.

    Finally, sew around the entire bean bag, about a 1/4 of an inch from the edge. Carefully pull out the pins as you sew (don't sew over them).

    You now have a bean bag you can use for playing Cornhole or any other game.