I rarely sew – the thick layer of dust on my sewing machine can attest to that! Luckily, you don’t need to be an accomplished seamstress to make these DIY animal bean bags.
I’m talking amateur to amateur here. (I applaud you if you’re a sewing pro, however!)
All you really need are the free templates below, a sewing machine or needle and thread, and a little enthusiasm.
What you’ll need:
- Sewing machine (these can be hand sewn through)
- Free templates (download free below)
- buttons (optional)
- Needle and thread
- Beans or pebbles
DIY animal bean bags
- Let’s start with the templates. You can download them here.
Do one, or do all three.
Or you could just print it out for the little ones to draw on (so versatile!)
- Firstly, I wanted the bean bag to be safe for my children. I decided to make a bag to go around the beans and then put that bag inside the finished animal. You can either just do a circle, measuring the size of the template, or you could do it the hard way… I decided I wanted the safety bag to be the same shape (amateur!)
- Cut out two pieces of fabric the same shape and sew the edges together until you leave a 5cm gap.
With a spoon, fill the bag with some small beads.I used fish gravel stones that I had left over from our fish tank. You could also use acrylic beads or dried beans/lentils too.
- Hand-sew the gap closed.
- Cut out the template/s. Double over the material so the two nice sides are facing each other and pin on the template. Now, cut out the material.
- At this point you may like to iron the fabric on low heat. You don’t really want creases in your cute little bean bag (I learnt the hard way).
- Next, I sew around the template with the paper on. If you have a steady sewing hand or want to use the template again, I’d suggest taking the template off before sewing. I used it because I don’t sew much and it was nice to have a line to guide me. I’ve since added where you sew on the template. Again, leave a good 5cm gap somewhere on the template (I’ve marked where I left mine).
- Take off the paper and turn the material inside out – a pencil will help with this. Squeeze the safety bean bag/s inside the animal material and then hand sew the last part of the material shut.
- Viola! Your cute little animal bean bags are ready to be decorated.
Decorate your DIY animal bean bags
I’m sure there’s a sewing tool for this, but I used the gas stove to heat a needle and bent it into a hook. Then, it was easy to sew buttons and thread onto the animal bean bags!
Now you can decorate them (my favourite part!) The buttons and thread helped to hide some of my sewing imperfections, too.
My daughters each have a animal bean bag and we can play all sorts of bean bag games. I’m sure I’ll be posting some of those games on here soon too!
I hope you enjoy our DIY animal bean bags. What bean bag animal would you like to see? Do you sew?
Other great bean bag games and links
Need something else to sew? Try these cute Animal Slippers