We’ve done some serious wedding planning in the past few days: making calls, writing emails, design and discussing invitations… And sewing bean bags!
We were already thinking about setting up a few lawn games when I walked into a pretty cutesy fabric store in Maxvorstadt and they happened to have fabric in just the right turquoise hue. I couldn’t have not gotten it, but Dub might have even been more excited about the fabric than me.
The bean bags were such a nice change in sewing compared to my Dirndl (Bavarian dress) – not much thinking how to work the seams involved at all. I whipped up 24 of them in a few hours. Here’s how:
Cut your fabric into even squares. I went with an edge length of 16 cm including a seam allowances of roughly 1 cm on each edge.
Pin the squares right side together leaving a 6 cm gap on one edge. Make sure to backstitch properly to each side of that opening.
Turn the bags outside out. This was my favourite part, seeing how this crumbled mess turned into a nice and square bag. Use the end of a spoon to turn out the corners all the way.
Fill the bags with “beans”. I used spelt grains, other options are cherry pits or dried beans. I just liked the feel of the small grains. I tried 170g, 200g and 220g and we settled on 200g for the 14 cm x 14 cm bags. Using a funnel was key here – I would have gone crazy if I had to spoon the grains into the bags by hand!
And finally, sew the remaining opening close. It’s helpful to pin a few cm away from the opening, to keep the grains away from the seam. I’ve definitely broken needles before on similar projects.
Get tossing! I brought one of the bags over to my friends place and throughout the whole soccer semi-final (Argentina vs. Netherlands) one of us was playing around with it. Granted – the game wasn’t particularly exciting, but the bag also just felt really good in your hands!