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Well, 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.
For the “bean” inserts we used snack sized sandwich bags that I cut into 3″ squares.
Tape up one of the cut sides using duct tape or packing tape (I only had duct tape).
Fill 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.
The 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.
If you wanted to make a big batch of them once you get going it’s pretty easy to make them all at once.
Then use them for indoor boredom buster games like tossing them into pots and pans – or by making up targets with recycled cardboard.
*Always watch little ones around homemade toys like this.
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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!