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How to Sew a Bean Bag + Free Sewing Project Planner

How to Sew a Bean Bag + Free Sewing Project Planner

You lucky ducks, you get two things from this blog today!

Firstly, you’ll get a sewing project on how to make a bean bag!

Secondly, you’ll be getting a simple, one page sewing project planner!

I know, I know, I use far too many exclamation points!!

Sewing Project Planner

It seems as though collecting sewing patterns and actually using them are two different hobbies, as this is my current pattern collection….

Collection of commercial sewing patterns

I know this is tame compared to what some people have. I really think if I had the room, I would have A LOT more. This also doesn’t include the sewing books I own.

These patterns are bought with the intention of making them, and  then I get them home, and they suddenly become so… intimidating.

But having these patterns just sit around, collecting dust is driving me bonkers.

It has got to the point where I get irritated seeing the patterns sitting here, not being used. Therefore I am throwing caution to the wind and my fears and going to just start making them.

Though I am nowhere near being a professional dressmaker, I have seen various sewists use a planner/diary to organize their sewing projects before they start sewing, so I decided to try and make my own!

Even though the patterns have outlined all the materials and notions needed, and the instructions are stated, I find it helpful to read through the instructions before I start sewing and make notes on things/techniques I will need during that project.

For that reason, I have intentionally left it somewhat open ended/vague. I’m not entirely sure what exactly I will be needing to do for the project at hand. I imagine the more experience I have using it, the more I will be editing it to fit my organizing/planner needs better.

If you would like/need a sewing (or craft related) project planner too, feel free to download from below:

I’m also using this planner to write out my plan of action for self-drafted patterns, because scribbling it on a bit of paper isn’t working out so well for me.

This planner is also going to help me set up a sewing journal of sorts, and I hope it will show my sewing improving as time goes on.

Bean Bag Project

I could keep talking about how the sewing planner works, or I could just show you!

Completed one page sewing project planner bean bag project

Don’t worry, I’m not going to make you decipher my handwriting! Keep reading if you would like to make a bean bag of your own!

For this project you will need:

  • Fabric of choice (I used quilting cotton)
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Rice (or alternative beads suitable for bean bag) (~ ½ cup)
  • Pins/Clips
  • Thread
  • Funnel/Sheet of paper
  • Sewing Machine or Needle

Sewing Instructions

  • Ensure fabric is ironed (ideally washed and ironed, but this bean bag should not get wet, so technically, it doesn’t matter if the fabric is used straight from the store).
  • Cut to two pieces to desired size (I cut mine by 4in by 4 in).
two pieces of cut out fabric 4in by 4in
  • With the right side of the fabric facing together, secure you fabric and sew around the edges, leaving a 1 – 1.5in gap

  • Clip the edges

square of sewn fabric with clipped corners

  • Turn fabric right side out, making sure to gently push out the corners (I used the end of a paintbrush).

Fabric turned right side out with corners pushed with the end of a paintbrush

  • Using a funnel (or a rolled up piece of paper), pour in the rice. I filled it about 3/4’s of the way full, which I think was a little over 1/2 cup. You can also see I struggled with this a bit…

  • Tuck in the edge of the fabric, and pin in place.
  • Top stitch the one edge you have just pinned, being sure to push any filling out of the way before it goes under the needle

Pinned bean bag being sewn on machine

  • Congratulations, you just made a bean bag!

Completed bean bag galaxy style fabric

Care Advise:

  • Do not get bean bag wet! To clean, wipe with a damp cloth.
  • With adjusting, this can be used as a warming rice bag. If this is how you plan on using this item, ensure all items (fabric and thread) are 100% cotton.
  • As with any product that contains small items, please use caution if being used by children or animals.

There you have, a bean bag project and a sewing project planner, all in one!

Sewing Project Planner page and completed bean bag together

If you decide to use the planner, please please please let me know what you think of it! I know it needs some work, and I would love to make more items for you all. Any helpful suggestions would be highly appreciated!

And if you decide to make the bean bag, I would love to see it! Come see me over at Instagram (use the #sewmanyplansblog) or at my Facebook page and share your work! 

With that, I hope you have a lovely weekend full of happy sewing projects and magic!



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