How to make bean bags for bean bag toss

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How to make bean bags for bean bag toss
Bean bags (Bean bags by Natasha Lawrence)

Tossing a bean bag is a popular game for children and adults. Throwing small bags filled with dried beans a short distance into holes in a board challenges the skill of any person. Keep a set of bean bags handy, or give them as gifts or prizes.

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Things you need

  • Lightweight printed fabric: 2 contrasting kinds to make 8 bags, 5 inches-by-5 inches (each bag requires two fabric squares, 5 ½ inches-by-5 ½ inches)
  • White thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Iron
  • Measuring tape
  • 12 cups dried Navy beans

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  1. 1

    Measure and cut the contrasting fabric for one set into 16 squares, 5 ½ inches-by-5 ½ inches. Do the same for the second contrasting fabric to make 16 squares the same size. When completed, you will have two sets of eight bags each.

  2. 2

    Turn two squares of the same fabric right side in, aligned together. Using the sewing machine threaded with white thread, straight stitch ¼ inch from the edge on four sides, leaving a 2-inch space open and not stitched. Do the same for all the fabric pieces. Turn each bag right side out, using the point of the scissors to make clean, pointed corners.

  3. 3

    Iron each bag flat.

  4. 4

    Fill each bag with ¾ cup dried Navy beans. Set aside so the openings are facing up.

  5. 5

    With a needle threaded with white thread, slip stitch the openings in each bag closed and secure so the beans do not fall out.

Tips and warnings

  • Contrasting fabric can be different colours.
  • Children can help with this project.
  • An adult should handle the iron and sewing machine.

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