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How To Upcycle Jeans into Star Bean Bags

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After three years of being a stay at home mom with my son, my pants have seen better days. Instead of trashing them, I’m sharing a simple tutorial for upcycling jeans into star-shaped beanbags. Backyard games are a fun summer tradition, and what better way to play than with a sweet treat in hand! We love ice cream, so this might be my favorite sponsored post ever, being able to buy EDY’S® Ice Cream as a business expense.

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ice cream shot

Ice cream cones are perfect for holding in one hand while you play with the other – we teased my son that my husband was going to eat both the cones himself!


How cute are they! At 3.5, he is finally getting into games and has the patience to take turns, etc. Even though we spend lots of time hiking, swimming, and exploring; some of our best summer memories are being made in the backyard. With games like this, even his younger sister can join in, keeping us all together and having fun.


The star shapes initially came to mind because I’m planning our 4th of July festivities, but it turns out they are easy to hold and throw, too.

beanbag game

We made an impromptu target, with a few hula hoops and a bowl. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun, just a couple hours and add ice cream!

ice cream and bags

EDY’S has a few new flavors, featuring beloved candy bits. I got to try the Nestlé Butterfinger® Peanut Butter Cups and Baby Ruth® kinds – I happily shared them with my kids because they’re made with rBST-free (a milk production hormone) milk and free from artificial coloring.

butterfinger peanut butter cups ice cream

upcycled toy from jeans

Ready to make some stars? You could also toss these into a basket, stack them, chuck them in a game of dodge-bag, the possibilities are endless!

How to make upcycled beanbags



step 1

1 Use the star pattern and cut out 2 stars per beanbag.

step 2

2 Pin or clip two stars wrong sides together and sew around the edges with a 3/8″ seam allowance, leaving a small gap opening.

step 3

3 Use a rolled up piece of paper or small funnel in the small opening, and fill with poly pellets. These are machine washable, so when the beanbags get dirty just toss them in the wash!

step 4

4 Sew back over the opening, gently keeping the pellets out of the way.

step 5

5 Use pinking shears to trim all the edges – this will keep them from fraying terribly. You’re done! Repeat steps 1-5 for each beanbag.

Now that you have the beanbags made, shop for some ice cream! If you’d like to keep up with EDY’S, you can find them in the following spots:

Use this easy upcycling tutorial to make denim beanbags! Stars are fun to catch and easy to throw - upcycled bluejean toy ideas are a great handmade toy. My kids love playing with these!

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  1. […] Look how sharp those edges are! Unwrapping the glitter, I was braced for the worst, but it didn’t shed at all. I let my kids pick the colors and they went for a fun pink glitter and pretty metallic blush pink. It’s tricky to capture the metallic sheen on camera, but it is iridescent. The Cricut Explore Air 2 also cuts fabric (bonded, with a fusible interfacing) and I can’t wait to try that feature out too! My son is 4.5 and quickly started rattling off what each dinosaur species was – another fun idea would be matching up dinosaur figurines with their silhouettes! I made a set of 16, which turned out to be the perfect number to include my 2.5 year old and my 4.5 year old. Quick to set up, quick to play, then they stacked them up and stuck them in magnatile-made cars. Kids. She was so excited to have found her first match! I can’t get over how professional the decals look. This would be a great gift idea too – easy to personalize! I used a random fabric drawstring bag to store them, I have bunches from every jersey sheet set I buy to use as fabric. Layering the vinyl was super easy, I just followed the instructions for applying each layer and made sure to let it cool in between colors. You can see the other upcycled jean game it will be joining in our closet, in this post. […]

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