Star Bean Bag Toss Tutorial

Summer has arrived here in the Midwest and there is nothing my family enjoys more than spending time outside. Today I’m sharing an easy and fun tutorial for a bean bag toss game. This project is lightweight, great for all ages, and perfect for taking to your 4th of July BBQ.

Star Bean Bag Toss

Finished Star Bean Bag Toss = 30″ x 36″

Materials to Make the Star Bean Bag Toss

For my Star Bean Bag Toss, I used a scrappy mix of red, white and blue fabrics.

For the Background:
(2) 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ blue squares
(1) 6-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ blue rectangle
(2) 9-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ white rectangles
(1) 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ white square
(2) 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ red squares
(1) 6-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ red rectangle 


For the Large Outer Stars:
(2) 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ red squares
(2) 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ white squares
(1) 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ blue squares


For the Small Inner Stars:
(2) 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ white squares
(2) 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ blue squares
(1) 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ red squares

For the Numbers:
You will be using scraps from your Large Outer Stars

For the Bean Bags:
(6) 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ fabric squares

For a sturdier bean bag, consider using Home Dec weight fabric or lining fabric with interfacing (optional)

Additional Supplies:

  • Star Bean Bag Toss Template Printed at 100% or Actual Size
  • 36″ x 42″ backing fabric—I used a waterproof picnic tablecloth
  • 36″ x 42″ batting
  • Approximately 17″ x 2-1/3 yards of Heat n Bond Ultra Hold
  • 1/3 yard of fabric for binding
  • Approximately 4-1/2 cups of dried beans
  • Pen
  • Scissors

Instructions to Make the Star Bean Bag Toss

Note: All seam allowances are 1/4″

Prepare the Background

Star Bean Bag Toss Background Assembly

Step 1. Select your (2) 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ blue background squares and (1) 6-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ blue background rectangle. Stitch together into a row.

Step 2. Select your (2) 9-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ white background rectangles and (1) 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ white background square. Stitch together into a row.

Step 3. Select your (2) 12-1/2” x 12-1/2″ red background squares and (1) 6-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ red background rectangle. Stitch together into a row.

Star Bean Bag Toss Background Assembly

Step 4. Select the blue, white and red rectangles you just created and stitch together as shown below.

Star Bean Bag Toss Background Assembly
Prepare the Stars

Step 1. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, iron Heat n Bond to the back of your Large Outer Star and Small Inner Star fabric.

Step 2. Cut out the Star Bean Bag Toss Templates. Tape Large Star Templates A, B, C, and D together to form large 10″ x 10″ star.

Step 3. Using the Large Star Template, trace stars on the wrong side of your (2) 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ red squares, (1) 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ blue square, and (2) 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ white squares (onto the Heat n Bond Paper).

Star Bean Bag Toss Star Tracing

Step 4. Using the Small Star Template, trace stars on the wrong side of your (2) 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ white squares, (1) 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ red square, and (2) 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ blue squares (onto the Heat n Bond Paper).

Step 5. Cut out the stars and set aside. Save your scraps for the Numbers later in this pattern.

Star Bean Bag Toss Large Outer Star

Prepare the Numbers

There are several options for making your numbers:

  • Using the templates provided, hand cut your numbers from your scrap large outer star fabrics.
  • Using a numeric fabric, such as the one shown below, cut out numbers to adhere to project.
    Numbers Fabric

Step 1. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, iron Heat n Bond to the back of the fabric you are using for your Numbers. Skip this step if you are using scraps from the Large Outer Stars.

Step 2. Select the Numbers you cut out from the Star Bean Bag Toss Templates.

Step 3. Using the Numbers Templates, trace the “40” and “50” on the wrong side of blue fabric.

Step 4. Using the Numbers Templates, trace the “30” on the wrong side of white fabric.

Step 5. Using the Numbers Templates, trace the “10” and “20” on the wrong side of red fabric.

Step 6. Cut out the numbers and set aside.

Star Bean Bag Toss Numbers

Assemble the Star Bean Bag Toss Quilt Top

Step 1. Remove the Heat n Bond paper from the back of the Large Stars. Place your Large Stars on the quilt as shown. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, iron/adhere the Large Stars to the quilt top.

Star Bean Bag Toss Top Assembly

Step 2. Remove the Heat n Bond paper from the back of the Small Stars. Place your Small Stars on the quilt as shown. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, iron/adhere the Small Stars to the quilt top.

Star Bean Bag Toss Top Assembly

Step 3. Remove the Heat n Bond paper from the back of the Numbers. Place your Numbers on the quilt as shown. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, iron/adhere the Numbers to the quilt top.

Star Bean Bag Toss Top Assembly

Finishing Option 1: Baste, Quilt, and Bind your Star Bean Bag Toss Game

Step 1. Gather your 36″ x 42″ backing fabric, 36″ x 42″ batting, and Star Bean Bag Toss quilt top. I plan to use our bean bag toss at the lake. Since it will likely be sitting on wet sand, I used a waterproof picnic table cloth for my backing.

Star Bean Bag Toss Game Quilting Backing Binding

Step 2. Baste the quilt using your preferred method. I quilted my Star Bean Bag Toss Game using a meandering free motion design with my BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) foot.

Step 3. Cut (4-1/2) strips of fabric for your binding, 2-1/4″ x 42″ (width of fabric). Create your binding and bind your bean bag toss game.

Star Bean Bag Toss Game


Finishing Option 2: Unquilted Version of Star Bean Bag Toss Game

Step 1. Trim your backing to 30-1/2″ x 36-1/2″.

Step 2. Place your backing and top right sides together.  Pin around the edge.

Step 3. Stitch around the the sides, leaving approximately 10″ open on one side.

Step 4. Flip bean bag toss right sides out and press.

Step 5. Stitch opening closed.

Make the Bean Bags

Step 1. Select (2) 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ squares from your bean bag fabric. Place fabric right sides together. Stitch around all sides of fabric, using a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving approximately 2″ open on one side.

Bean Bag Fabric

Step 2. Clip corners and flip the bean bag right sides out.

Bean Bag Stitching

Step 3. Press bean bag.

Step 4. Fill with approximately 1-1/2 cups of dried beans.

Step 5. Stitch opening closed.

Step 6. Repeat Steps 1-5 with remaining pairs of 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ fabric.

 

Gather your friends and family and enjoy some bean bag toss!

Bean Bags

3 thoughts on “Star Bean Bag Toss Tutorial

  1. I love the star bean bag toss project and plan to make one for our July 4th picnic. Could you tell me where I can find the templates for the stars and numbers?
    Thanks

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