Learn how to make a bags game of your very own! This Fun Fall Bag Toss Game from Heather Valentine would be a hit at a Halloween party or a great way to enjoy pleasant autumn days before it gets too cold.
- box cutter
- marker or pencil
- paint and basic supplies
- heavy-weight fabric
- fabric in contrast colors
- heat and bond ultra
- one 2-pound bag of black-eyed peas
- sewing machine
(Note: I used old jeans for the base of each bag and old T-shirts for the leaf pattern on the front. No fabric was purchased.)
- To create the angle on your box, measure 3 inches across the opening at one edge. Then up 1 inch from the bottom. Take your ruler and connect the lines. Repeat to other side. Connect lines across the side. (This is your cutting line.)
- On the bottom of the box, sketch out your design. Have fun here. (I just used a bowl for shape.)
- It is best to cut the design first; then the sides. Please take care when cutting.
- Paint box in your desired color. I painted mine brown. I just used craft paint I had on hand.
- Set aside to work on bags.
- To create the base for the six bags, cut 12 squares 5 1/2 inches large.
- For the leaf pattern, I looked to Mother Nature. (That’s right; no need to reinvent the wheel here! Just take a stroll outside and look in the trees.) I outlined my leaf on a piece of cardboard and cut out. This is your template for the top of bags.
- Apply Heat 'n Bond to the wrong side of each fabric for your design. Draw and cut out shapes.
- Following the directions on the Heat 'n Bond package, peel the backer away and apply design to the front side of your bag. *Be careful not to iron on the wrong side of the fabric. Once in place, the bond is strong and it will not come off. To create the vines in the leaves, I used my sewing machine and applied a straight stitch in a contrasting color.
- To join the bags together, line up the front and back of the bags' right sides together. Using 3/8-inch seam allowance and the straight stitch on your sewing machine, stitch bags together. Start 1 inch in from the edge of one side and stitch all around the bag, stopping 1 inch after the last corner. Be sure to back stitch for strength at start and stop. Clip corners and turn right-side-out.
- Fill bag with approximately 3/4 cup of black-eyed peas. Fold under the seam allowance, and stitch the last side closed. **Do not over fill. You will not be able to stitch the last seam closed.
- Clip all loose threads for a finished look.