When it comes to making little kiddos smile or offering them something that will captivate them for hours, simple toys are often the best. Keeping the games as easy as tossing a bean bag and giving them soft textures such as felt make it all that more fun. When you head out to find bean bags, though, they can be hard to find and the ones out there are filled with plastic and other goo that you may not want around.
Thankfully, you don’t have to be a master seamstress (you only need one simple stitch) to make your own soft, lovely collection of bean bags that are both fun and pretty. We made a whole bunch of these in a few days and they now work for everything from tossing across the room to pillows for owls and beds for fairies. Kids imaginations are awesome.
Here’s what you need:
- Your favorite colors of felt
- A heavy gauge needle and embroidery thread
- Dried beans
1. Cut out sets of squares in different sizes
2. Then, take your needle and thread and use a straight stitch to close up three sides. Use a short stitch that shows when you are finished. I’m told the straight stitch is the most secure so that the beans will be secure inside. If you are concerned about choking you can use fabric glue to seal the sides of the bean bag before stitching.
3. Fill with beans and stitch up the last side.
That’s it. These have provided for hours of fun in our house, are a great way to use up leftover scraps of fabric and are actually pretty darn relaxing to make.