Rainbow Bean Bags How-To

Rainbow Beanbags with Elephant
I have a fun DIY toy pattern for you today. Use some scraps of fabrics in a rainbow of colors to make a set of bean bags. You can whip these up in an afternoon, and kids can help if they want to.

There are so many ways to play with these.

  • Play catch
  • Have a relay race
  • Just toss them into a basket or hula hoop
  • Sort and stack them in rainbow order

You'll need a variety of 9" x 9" fabric scraps, all-purpose thread, and some poly pellets (or use rice or lentils).

Bean Bag How To

1. Cut you fabric into two 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares. Place them right sides together. Using a 1/4" seam allowance sew around all four sides, leaving a 1" opening for turning.

2. Clip the seam allowance across the corners to reduce bulk. Turn the square right side out. (I like to use hemostats for turning.)

3. Use a funnel or a spoon to fill the beanbag with poly pellets (or rice or lentils).

4. Sew the opening closed with ladder stitch. (Watch my 2-min. ladder stitch video here.) Be sure your stitches are secure.

Beanbag stack


In a basket

*Just a note. After I took these photos the girls begged to be able take the basket of bean bags upstairs to play and they were up there happily for THREE HOURS. Sometimes the simplest toys are the truly the best.


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  1. says

    It’s true; sometimes it’s really the simplest things that make kids the happiest! I like the idea of making these rainbow colored, which makes them fun and also a learning tool for young children learning colors. :) Lisa

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