February 16, 2012

Bean Bag Toss Tutorial

Today I want to share a quick how-to, a  Bean Bag Toss Tutorial:

Sometimes projects are so easy to do, that it's the blogging about them that holds them up.  You know, getting around to writing the post takes longer than the actual project.  This is one of those!

Remember that I had my kiddos make gifts for each other for Christmas??  The girls made the boys' things and the boys made the girls' things.  The challenge was to find something fun for them to make but that wasn't to useless.  I thought a bean bag toss game was perfect.

First, I had Trevor cut holes in this old computer screen shelf thing I had (I had my Silhouette sitting under my computer screen, but then I got a Cameo and needed a new shelf thing because it was bigger than the Silhouette and wouldn't fit underneath) and make one leg shorter than the other so it was slanted.  Then the girls painted it - - not how I would have done the painting (chevron would have been great) but that's the fun, that they did it:
I sewed most of the bean bag part, but they were able to help with stuffing all the beans in.  A quick tutorial on making bean bags  - -

Start with 2 squares, placed with right sides together.  Sew all around the edges except for on one edge leave a space 1-2 inches.  Clip the corners after sewing  (cut the triangle piece off) to make it turn better and lay nice:

Then through that little hole, pull the squares right-side out.  You can use a straight pin to pull the corners out crisply:
Through the opening, fill it with beans.  About 3/4 full.  If you fill it too full you will have a tough time sewing it shut.

Now, you could hand-sew the hole, but I'm lazy and use the machine.  See how you can fold the opening in to match the other sides - do that:
Then just topstitch, or sew on top, all the way around all the edges.  This will catch and close the hole so you don't have to handstitch.  And it gives a nice edge to the bean bag.
You can kind of see the edges sewn in this picture.  Hope it makes sense:

And that's it!  Enjoy!!

I love the follow-through of the throw in this picture -- - 

So go make some bean bags!  A perfect sewing project for a beginner!  Or anyone - I love projects that can be finished so quickly!!

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

5 Fabulous Comments:

love bean bag toss - great tutorial and great gift for them to give each other

Bean bag toss is great! Thanks for the tutorial.

The idea to have them make gifts was such a good one! Made it more special when they were opened I'm betting! :) Looks like little man is gonna have a good arm! ;)

I love this game! Thanks for sharing a tutorial! Hugs and blessings, Cindy
P.S. Pinning this one!

So cute!

I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

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