A bean bag toss is an easy way to teach young children how to throw, but bean bag tosses aren't just for children. They make ideal simple party games for adults, and you can easily make them using basic sewing skills. Not only is it less expensive to make your own bean bags, but you can also personalize bean bags with bright colors, initials and other embellishments. To turn your bean bag toss into an educational game, try making bean bags in different colors and encouraging young children to count the quantity of each color you use in the toss.
Cut two pieces of fabric to form the bean bag. Each square should be the size you want the bean bag to be. Most bean bags are 4-by-4-inch squares. If the fabric is wrinkled, iron it to ensure both pieces are even and easy to sew.
Pin two squares of fabric together, right sides in. Stitch three sides of the fabric using either a sewing machine or needle and thread. Create a 1/4-inch seam, with stitches approximately 1/4-inch away from the edge of the fabric. Sew the fourth side of the fabric leaving a hole approximately an inch wide in which to deposit the beans.
Place the tip of the funnel into the hole. Pour the beans in through the top of the funnel. A variety of beans will work, including lima beans and black-eyed peas. You can also use dried corn kernels. For heavier beanbags, use more beans. For beanbags that are lighter and easier to throw, add fewer beans.
Sew the hole closed using your needle and thread or sewing machine.
- For individualized beanbags, try adding iron-on transfers with the initials of each player. You can also sew shapes, animals and other personal items onto each bean bag.