DIY No-Sew Bean Bags

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DIY no-sew bean bagsWell, technically the ones we made are PEA bags but that didn’t sound so good so we’ll stick with bean bags 😉 These are super easy and inexpensive to make and are perfect for indoor games as boredom busters or for parties.

To make these you’ll need felt (the cheap sheets from the craft store) / dried beans, peas or rice / packing tape or duct tape / hot glue gun.

Cut the felt into 4″ squares. You’ll need 2 squares for each bean bag.

DIY no-sew bean bags


For the “bean” inserts we used snack sized sandwich bags that I cut into 3″ squares.

DIY no-sew bean bagsTape up one of the cut sides using duct tape or packing tape (I only had duct tape).

DIY no-sew bean bagsFill the bag with your choice of dried bean, pea or rice. If you want to be super technical, measure out the same amount for each insert. We had about 5 spoonfuls in each of ours.

DIY no-sew bean bagsTape the top.

DIY no-sew bean bagsThe last step is to glue the edges of the felt squares with the bean inserts inside. If you wanted your kids to do this all on their own they could use duct tape to completely cover the inserts and use those as bean bags or use the duct tape for the edges of the felt. Layering the duct tape on top of itself on each corner will help.

DIY no-sew bean bags

DIY no-sew bean bagsIf you wanted to make a big batch of them once you get going it’s pretty easy to make them all at once.

DIY no-sew bean bags

DIY no-sew bean bagsThen use them for indoor boredom buster games like tossing them into pots and pans – or by making up targets with recycled cardboard.

DIY no-sew bean bags

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*Always watch little ones around homemade toys like this.

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!


  1. Kelly Ratajczak Reply

    Hi! Will these only work with felt or can you use regular cotton fabric? I wanted to make some to match my sons first birthday party, but the material is cotton.

    • You’ll have to be careful with the hot glue on cotton. I’d maybe switch just to regular fabric glue instead but you could definitely try one out first!

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