Instead of reading about crafts, I actually got crafty and made some bean bags! I made two sets of four.
I started by cutting 5″ squares of a blue denim fabric I had from another project. It would be fun to cut up some old jeans to use, but the jeans I had were thicker than I wanted for the bean bags.
I wanted to make the bean bags a little special so I cut 5″ strips of grosgrain ribbon, one for each bag.
After sewing each ribbon onto a square of fabric, I placed the fronts together and sewed a seam between 1/4″ and 1/2″ around the square. I left an opening so I could turn the bags right side out. I didn’t back stitch around the opening, but next time I will. It was a pain to get my stitches back in order before I finished the bags.
I turned the bags right side out, and tried several different fillings: small white beans, corn, rice, and polystyrene weighted pellets. I liked the weight and the sound of the corn the best. I made a funnel from sturdy paper and put slightly less than 2/3 cup of corn kernels into each bag.
I finished the bags by stitching all the way around the edge of each bag. I really don’t like sewing by hand and this way looks neat and finished.