How to Make Your Own Beanbag Toss Game

The perfect addition to your game night arsenal.

Skill Level



1-4 hours

Skill level
1-4 hours
Written By

Chelsea Foy

Lovely Indeed

Written By

Chelsea Foy

Lovely Indeed

Whether you have kids at home or you just have a competitive streak, this doorway beanbag toss game is the perfect addition to your game night arsenal. It whips up in just a couple of hours (crafternoon, anyone?), and if you can sew a straight line, you can make this project. Bring it out for play on rainy days, sunny days, or any day that you need a little extra entertainment.

You will need

You might already have

Thin wooden dowel (at least 1 yd. / 1 m. long)
Sewing machine and supplies
1 package of dry beans (available at most grocery stores)

Step 1: Cut beanbag fabric

Make the beanbags. Cut two squares from each solid fabric color, each 5 in x 5 in / 12 cm. x 12 cm. 6 beanbags were made in this tutorial.

Step 2: Sew

Lay two corresponding squares from one fabric color on top of one another with the edges lined up. Sew a straight stitch around all sides, leaving a 1 ½ in. / 3 cm. opening.

Step 3: Flip right side out

Flip the bag right side out, pulling the fabric through the gap.

Step 4: Add beans

Fill the bag with dry beans and close the hole with a hidden stitch. Repeat this process to create the remaining beanbags.

Step 5: Prep the hanging portion

Decide how large to make your game. It's helpful to measure the doorway where you plan to hang the game. Cut the dowel to length so that it fits within the doorframe. Cut the patterned fabric and duck cloth to desired size but 6 in. / 15 cm. narrower than the dowel. For example, the game shown measures 27 in. / 68 cm. wide by 34 in. / 86 in. tall, so the dowel would measure 33 in. / 83 cm. long. Lay the duck cloth out and place 3-4 strips of fabric fusion tape running across it horizontally. Remove the backing from the tape and carefully lay the patterned fabric on top, aligning all edges. Smooth the two fabrics together and be sure the tape adheres.

Step 6: Hem

Fold and pin the two sides and the bottom of the layered fabric back to create a 1 in. / 2 cm. hem on three sides. Sew these sides down with a straight stitch.

Step 7: Fold and sew the top

On the top side of the fabric, fold and pin 2 in. / 5 cm. of fabric back. When you sew a straight stitch on this portion, leave a 1 ½ in. / 3 cm. hem – this will create a pocket to insert the dowel.

Step 8: Trace and cut circles

Use a round object, like a small bowl, to trace circles on the front of the fabric that are slightly wider than your beanbags. Use scissors to cut out the circles. The game shown has 5 holes; feel free to cut more or fewer.

Step 9: Fuse circles

Use small pieces of Fabric Fusion tape to adhere the two pieces of fabric together around the areas where you cut your circles. Note: If you're comfortable sewing along a curved line, sew around each circle instead.

Step 10: Get ready to hang

Insert the dowel into the pocket that you sewed along the top of the fabric.
Tie the cord around both ends of the dowel.

Step 11: Hang it up

Hang the beanbag toss from a hook fastened at the top of a doorframe and have fun!

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About the Author
Chelsea Foy

Chelsea Foy is the maker, blogger, and adventurer behind Lovely Indeed, a blog about all of the little things that make life lovely. Known for its bright, fun, friendly style, Lovely Indeed has been featured on BGH, HGTV, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, and many more. The Lovely Indeed Instagram feed has also been featured twice by Instagram as a feed to follow. Having resided for years in NYC, Chelsea now lives in her home state of California.