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Arrow bean bag sewing pattern for Valentine’s Day

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arrow bean bag sewing pattern

If you’re looking for a fun little scrappy project to sew as a game or Valentine’s Day gift, I have just the ticket! These “arrow” bean bags are quick to make and fun to toss around, I added a special ingredient to make them more “toss-able”. They got a lot of use when my kids were toddlers and I hope you have fun with them! This post originally linked to a website, Sew Mama Sew, that doesn’t exist any more, so I’m bringing it home now.

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I made an over-the-top ‘target’ for the holiday but throwing into buckets would be easier. They would be fun with a bean bag toss net too, something like this!

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Pin this free arrow bean bag sewing pattern for later using this link or collage image:

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Want to make your own? Here ya go!

Free arrow bean bag sewing pattern


    • Poly-fill polyester beads  [Shop: AmazonJOANNEtsy] – I have been trying to reduce my plastic so even those though are shown from this past tutorial, I’m now using glass beads instead!
    • Poly-fill polyester stuffing [Shop: AmazonJOANNEtsy]- I have been trying to reduce my plastic so even those though are shown from this past tutorial, I’m now buying cotton fluff fill instead!
    • Hemostats or something pointy [Shop: AmazonEtsy]
    • Woven cotton scraps that measure approximately 10” X 8” (you can get 3 arrows cut out of a layer cake piece, 10”X10”), 1 rectangle per arrow 
    • Coordinating thread, sewing machine, scissors
    • 3 colors of washi tape for the target  [Shop: AmazonJOANNEtsy]
    • PDF pattern for the arrow –sign up for my newsletter and get the free download once you confirm your subscription! If you’re already a subscriber, you can access the pattern with the password in each newsletter, in the resource library.


  1. Cut two arrow pieces from main fabric, place wrong sides together. Sew ¼” from the edge, all the way around leaving a small opening near the arrow’s tail.

  1. Use a rolled up piece of paper or a small funnel and fill the front of the arrow with Poly-fill beads, stopping before they overflow out the opening.

  1. Use hemostats or a chopstick and insert stuffing firmly into the tail of the arrow and through the body until meeting the beads. Sew the opening shut.

  1. Use pinking shears to trim all of the outside edges, being careful not to cut through the stitching lines.

For storage, I cut a few extra arrows and appliquéd them on to a drawstring bag I already had laying around; you could also use my drawstring bag tutorial, upsized, to DIY that too.

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Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Can’t get the arrow pattern even signed up for newsletter I put in password in library and it takes me right back to password page

Diane Von De Linde

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

How do you find the pattern for these arrow beanbags?

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Hi Diane! Sorry about that, the original site it was on closed down. It's now updated and instructions for the template are under 'supplies'.


Wednesday 27th of January 2021

I know this is an old post, but it's there anywhere I can get this pattern now?

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Hi Marie! I forgot that Sew Mama Sew disappeared from the internet. I was able to dig up the pattern and tutorial from when I sent it to them, stand by and I'll update this post and email you later this week!

Amy Mayen

Wednesday 4th of February 2015

This is completely adorable. My big kids would even play; and they're too cool for everything. CUTE!!!

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