Bean Bag Balls

I may have mentioned it before, but one of my "secret" talents is juggling. I don't mean juggling all the things I have to do, like pick up my daughter from practice, fold the laundry, walk the dog, pay the bills... (Although I am pretty good at that, too) I mean three balls, tossed in the air, around and around.

You could call this sewing project bean bag balls, juggling balls or hacky sacks. The name really doesn't matter because it's just plain fun. Bazinga!

Common sense warning - Hey, these things are filled with real beans. They are not good toys for little kids who like to put things in their mouths or nose.


  • 1/4 yard of jersey or an old t-shirt
  • thread
  • scissors
  • needle
  • pins
  • sewing machine
  • dried, uncooked beans


Before you can start sewing, here's the printable pattern.

Cut the pattern out around the outer edge of the thick black line.

You need to cut out 4 pattern pieces from your fabric to make one round bean bag ball. I used an old t-shirt and cut two pieces from a screen printed section and two from a plain section.

Pin two pieces, right sides together. Sew around from one point to the other using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Do the same with the other two pieces. You made two halves of the ball.

Pin the two halves, right sides together, making sure to match up the seams.

Sew around the ball leaving about a 1 1/2 inch opening in the ball.

Turn the ball right side out and fill it with beans. I used dried navy beans, but if you have a different kind in your pantry, go ahead and use them.

Using a needle and thread, whip stitch the opening shut.

There is plenty of fabric in one t-shirt to make many of these, so why stop at one? Have some fun!

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The Chilly Dog: Bean Bag Balls
Bean Bag Balls
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