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.
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:
Want to make your own? Here ya go!
Free arrow bean bag sewing pattern
- Poly-fill polyester beads [Shop: Amazon – JOANN – Etsy] – 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: Amazon – JOANN – Etsy]- 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: Amazon – Etsy]
- 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: Amazon – JOANN – Etsy]
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.