How to Sew Large Bean Bags

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Sewing machine Straight pins Canvas fabric Dry rice or beans Needle and thread Funnel

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Bean bags can be used in several popular party games for both children and adults. They have a variety of uses and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. However, you may find you need a custom-sized bean bag for your particular event. Large bean bags are extremely inexpensive and easy to make on your own. With just a few materials and a free afternoon, you can sew your own custom bean bags.

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  1. 1

    Draw a square directly onto the fabric using the measurements needed for the large bean bag. Most standard size bean bags are 4" to 6" square, so a large bean bag would be at least 8" square. Cut out the square and use it as a pattern to cut out a second square.

  2. 2

    Place the two squares on top of each other and pin them together. Using the sewing machine, sew three sides of the square together end to end. On the fourth side of the square, sew the side closed, but leave a 1" opening.

  3. 3

    Remove the straight pins and turn the fabric right side out by pulling it through the opening on the fourth side. Place the funnel inside the opening and pour the beans or rice directly into the bag. Fill the bag about 3/4 of the way.

  4. 4

    Carefully tuck the raw ends of the fabric at the opening in and pin closed. Sew the opening closed. Make sure the stitches are tight to prevent the beans or rice from falling out.

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