Bean bags are such a versatile piece of equipment. They are can be used in games that help develop gross motor skills and balance. We have been using ours in a bean bag toss target game. Plus they are very easy to make, which can be done either on a sewing machine or hand sewed.

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To make some bean bags you will need:

  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Needle and thread
  • Filling
  • Funnel
  • Pins

how to make bean bags

Cut out your fabric into rectangles and pin them right side to right side.

how to sew bean bags

Sew around 3 ½ sides; make sure that you leave a length of thread to close up the hole.   You need to leave a gap to turn the fabric the right way around and to fill it up.

If you plan to do this by hand, use a backstitch.

Once you have turned the fabric the right way around use a funnel to put the filling in. I used rice for our ones. Other things that you could use are lentils, split peas, or beans. How much you fill it up will depend on how heavy you want you bean bags to be.

Finally close the gap up. The best stitch for this is the slip stitch.

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Some games that you can use the bean bags for are:

  • Catch – they are easier for smaller children to catch than balls.
  • Bean bag toss
  • Balance them on your heads
  • How far you can throw
  • Hot potato
  • Noughts and crosses (you would need some chalk or tape to make the grid)

bean bags

Alternatively, you could fill them with Lavender or Rose petals and you will have smell bags.

If you enjoyed learning how to make bean bags be sure to check out my homemade teddies and cross stitch coasters.

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Learn how to make bean bags to use in multiple games.