DIY Bean Bag Toss Game with Ladybugs vs Butterflys

An Easy DIY Bean Bag Toss Game to play with Grandchildren

Summer is finally starting here.  The deck doors are open, the pup can wander in and out as he pleases. I am working outside in the sunshine and making plans for the grandchildren’s visits to Gramas once school is out.  These bean bags are old school, but its an easy inexpensive felt craft they can help me with one day, and the next day we can play a bean bag toss game.

This game can be played indoors, but preferably outdoors with the butterflies, ladybugs and some sparkly hula hoops for targets.

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For the butterfly and ladybug bean bag toss game you will need:

2 hula hoops

dollar store felt in assorted colours  ( 2 sheets per bean bag)

Sewing machine, needle, and thread.

Glitter, sparkly beads, hot glue (optional)

 

2 plastic bags

beans

enclosed patterns (butterfly and ladybug)

Felt Butterfly Bean Bags

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Cut out all the felt pieces,  you will need two full patterns, one body and two of each of the wing patterns.   My granddaughters could help me with cutting out the fabric.

Applique the detail pieces to the front of the butterfly.  (You can hot glue the details on instead of sewing but they won’t last as long).  If you want to add some glitter, you could add some dollar store beads.

Place the right sides together and sew around the outside the butterfly with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.   Leave a 2 ” gap for adding the stuffing.   Once sewn, turn right side out.

Stuff a small plastic bag inside the butterfly, fill with beans (popcorn, rice, lentils) until just full (not overstuffed) and tie closed with a knot.

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Sew the opening closed with a needle and thread.  Repeat for the number of bean bags you want.  I recommend three more of each bean bag.

Felt Ladybug Bean Bag

The ladybug follows the same basic process as the butterfly:

Cut out all the pattern pieces, you will need 2 bodies, 2 wings, 4 antennas, 1 heart, and 9 spots.   If you want to make the ladybugs glitter you can add some dollar store beads.

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Sew two of the antennas together, repeat with the other two.  This will make the antenna thicker and less likely to tear.

Applique (or glue) the heart and spots to the wings.

Applique the wings to the body.

Pin the antenna to the right side of the main body.

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Pin the right sides together and sew 1/2 inch in, leaving a 2″ gap for stuffing.

Turn right side out and insert a plastic bag.  Fill with beans and tie with a knot.

Sew the gap closed with a needle and thread.

You will need a minimum of four butterflies and four ladybugs.  Place the two hula hoops several feet apart, depending on the age of the children.   Standing beside the opposite hula hoop toss the bean bags.  Whoever gets the most bugs in the hoop wins.

Enjoy the Summer

 

 

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