bean bag buddies (free pattern download)

I made this cute little bean bag puppy (bunny?) out of an old knit cotton skirt of Fauna’s, filled it with lentils, and the little ladies have a fun bean bag to toss back and forth to each other.

 dog bean bag

You need:
old shirt or fabric- enough for two 51/2 inch squares
lentils or rice
felt for the eyes, nose, and ears
needle and thread or sewing machine
puppy pattern pieces (click on the following pattern picture if you want to use my patterns)


To do:
1. Cut two 51/2 inch squares

cutting squares

 2. Cut nose, eyes and ears out of felt or other contrasting fabric.
3. Sew nose and eyes onto both pieces of felt. Make sure you sew them on opposite sides, so when they are together the face will be make sense.


4. Position the ears, facing down, they will flip up after you have sewn the bean bag.

lay both ears

5. Put right sides together, ears tucked down, and stitch all the way around the bean bag, leaving an opening to turn the bean bag and add lentils. I left the lower right corner open.

right sides together and pin

 6. Turn the bean bag right side out and stuff with lentils or rice. Stuff it about 2/3 full.

stuff with lentils or rice

7. Whip stitch the opening closed and there you have it- cute little bean bag friends made just for tossing.

bean bags

*Please let me know if you have trouble downloading the patterns, this is the first time providing them this way.  Enjoy!


  • June 14, 2011 - 12:09 pm | Permalink

    My grandson will love these! I have added a link at

  • January 19, 2010 - 10:11 am | Permalink

    Oh, my gosh those are so cute. I had a little trouble printing the pattern because it is rather pale. But I totally have to try this. Are the pattern pieces to scale? It looks a little small to me compared to the picture, but then I’m thinking this is only to a 5 1/2 square. Can’t wait to make these — of course they need to get in line because next on my to-do list is your gremlins for Valentines Day!

  • January 18, 2010 - 4:29 pm | Permalink

    super cute, lisa!

  • January 18, 2010 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    That is super cute! I love the big, floppy ears. Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  • January 18, 2010 - 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Sweet bean bag puppy/bunny. Love those ears!

  • January 17, 2010 - 10:39 pm | Permalink

    That’s very cute, and such a great idea to use an old shirt.

  • halfpastafreckle
    January 17, 2010 - 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Jesse thinks she would look lovely as a beanbag puppy!

  • January 17, 2010 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

    I love these bean bags that you make! Unfortunately, Will has absolutely no interest in anything stuffed or bean baggy. It’s a cars cars cars all the time. I fI had a littler one, I’d definately have to get the sewing supplies out!

  • Tamra
    January 17, 2010 - 9:40 am | Permalink

    gasp! cuuuute! love the idea and love you for sharing! thanks! i’m going to see how i can work with this idea to come up with valentines goodies for my son’s class! <3 thanks again. -T

  • January 17, 2010 - 8:58 am | Permalink

    these are so cute. wait till i tell my kids i have another use for lentils. they´ll be si happy they don´t have to eat them ;) warm hugs dear lisa!

  • January 17, 2010 - 3:12 am | Permalink

    Oh, these are just too adorable :)

  • January 16, 2010 - 9:45 pm | Permalink

    I just look at a sewing pattern and begin to hyperventilate. I really must get over this!!

    • January 17, 2010 - 10:28 am | Permalink

      you seriously can’t get much easier than this sl. great profect to start with…..

  • January 16, 2010 - 9:00 pm | Permalink

    So cute!

    And, I have never seen such a beautiful photograph of lentils in my life! LOL

  • January 16, 2010 - 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Those are super cute–kind of look like bunnies. They’d make great Easter basket stuffers! :)

    • January 16, 2010 - 8:46 pm | Permalink

      Could totally pass as bunny. I thought so too, but the girls preferred it as a puppy. ;)

  • January 16, 2010 - 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the super cute tutorial. I’ve made bean bags befoore – but just boring square ones. My daughter loves them and they get used all the time. I can just imagine how much she would love puppy ones. Thanks.

  • January 16, 2010 - 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Those are so stinkin’ cute, Lisa! As your softie friends always are. :) We might have to make some bean bag friends. Thanks for the tutorial!

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