We’re visiting a friend tonight. Her grandson, who lives with them, will turn 2 next week and I figured it would be nice to take him a little gift. I just sent a birthday package off to my own two-year-old grandson, and had a couple of extra little toys that didn’t fit in the box. Unfortunately, though, I was actually on top of things and already returned them to the store, and I don’t want to make another shopping trip today. Fortunately, I remembered that beanbags are quick to make, are a great way to use up fabric scraps, and have the added benefit of reducing our stash of hardened food storage beans. That’s a win-win-win-win!

Here’s the tutorial I’m using (with my adaptations): Fleece Fun. The first order of business is to choose some fabric and ribbon. I didn’t have a lot of ribbon that matched the fabric, so I decided to have “tags” on only one corner. I figured that way there would be an obvious top and bottom; that might come in handy during bean bag imagination time.

I cut out two 5″ squares, and that seemed to be a good size. Place them right sides together with the little pieces of ribbon at one corner. Don’t do what I did and put the ribbons on the outside (top two pictures); they need to be on the inside (bottom two pictures)!

Sew three of the sides together. Then open the little bag, fold and place the top two seams together, like this (top left) and sew from either end, leaving an opening for turning and filling (top right):

Then turn right side out and fill with dried beans. To make it easier, you can make a little funnel by taping cardstock in a cone shape if you’d like (bottom right pictures above). Finally, hand sew the opening closed. You’re finished!

Couple of notes:

  1. Make sure you cut a true square; I don’t think I measured properly for this one. It looks a bit cattywampus. 
  2. Add a smidgen of fray check (or just some white glue) to prevent the ribbon edges from unraveling. 

P.S. Here’s another gift I considered, but will save for another time – Magnetic Fishing Toy.