Saturday, April 11, 2015

Make a Felt Bean Bag

I can remember my mom sewing bean bags for us to play with when my brother and I were kids. Bean bags can be used to play a wide variety of games and they make the perfect little gift to give to your guests at the end of a birthday party instead of a goodie bag.
To make the cat I purchased small sheets of craft felt. They come in such delicious colors. I would have preferred wool felt since it is sturdier, but I couldn't find any at my two local craft stores. I cut out 6 inch circles with my pinking shears having decided to make the front of the cat in a blue and the back in green. I stitched the two sides together leaving an opening for me to add the beans (I chose split peas).
The cat's eyes, nose and mouth are buttons, felt shapes, and pom poms that are attached to the felt with a glue gun. It is very difficult to adhere felt with anything other than a glue gun. If anyone has had luck with any other type of glue, please let me know. The whiskers and detail on the ears was added with fabric paint applied directly from the bottle.
The split peas were added with a funnel and then I finished stitching the bean bag together.


  1. Vicki, I used Aleen's Tacky Glue to adhere craft felt to the cardboard butterfly I created. Elmer's white glue would not work, but with a small stiff paint brush, I applied it to the felt and pressed down onto the cardboard and it worked like a charm! I would assume adhering felt to felt with the Aleen's would work.

  2. Thanks Sharon! I have all these little scraps now and I'd like to use them in a class with my kids.