Bean Bag Tutorial

This year I'm homeroom mom for my son's kindergarten class. We are always looking for cheap party games, and we decided to do a bean bag toss as one of the halloween party games.  The bean bags are so simple to make. I wanted to share it, because my little boy is having lots of fun playing with the bean bags just around the house. And even if you just use them for a party it only cost 75 cents for the fabric and just a little while to make the bags.

What you need to make them:
1/4 yard of fabric
a bag of beans or rice (for filling the bean bags)

First, cut your fabric. I cut mine across horizontally and then cut each of those strips into rectangles. Mine turned out to be 10 rectangles- each 4.5x5.5 inches.

Put 2 rectangles right sides facing each other and sew along 2 long sides and an end, leaving one end open so that you can put in the beans.

After you have the 3 sides sewn, turn the bag inside out (or should that be right sides out?) so you can see the right side of the fabric.

Next, fill the bag with 3 tablespoons of beans. This is great part to involve a little helper.

Time to clean up the beans you spilled all over the sewing machine trying to take a picture and fill the bag at the same time.
Once the bag is filled, tuck in the raw edges on top, folding them in towards the wrong side of the fabric.

Hold or pin the edges shut and sew along all 4 sides of the bag.

All done!

We're using buckets decorated with  jack-o-lantern faces to toss the bean bags into, but  you could use boxes or anything you can think of.

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