Published in patterns on Aug 14, 2020
I've been trying to teach my tiny human how to throw and catch, so I made some mini bean bags for us to play with. And of course I couldn't resist giving them cute little faces! I like how they look like fruity monsters, in dragonfruit, peach, and banana flavours.
Mini Bean Bags Free Crochet Pattern
This bean bag is worked in the round from the bottom up, starting with an oval shape. I wanted my bean bags to be washable, so I closed the top with a row of slip stitches in a contrast colour. When it's time to wash them, I can pull the stitches out and remove the beans, wash the bags, then refill them and crochet the seam closed again.
For yarn, I used Premier Home Cotton in Fuschia, and Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Coral Rose and Pale Yellow. Try using thicker yarn and a bigger hook for a jumbo version, or thinner yarn and a smaller hook for an even cuter miniature version.
I filled the bags with dried chickpeas, because I already had some on hand, but you could use any type of dried bean, or plastic pellets. These little square bags could be filled with normal stuffing to make pincushions, too. Or use dried herbs like lavender and hide them in your closet to make your clothes smell nice.
This pattern uses basic single crochet stitches. If you need help making an oval, take a look at my tutorial over here: Crochet Oval Tutorial.
Gauge: 18 sts and 20 rows = 10 cm (4 in) square, using medium (worsted) weight cotton yarn and a 4.5 mm crochet hook.
Size: 11 cm (4.3 in) square.
You will need:
• Medium (worsted) weight cotton yarn in main colour - about 36 m (39 yds)
• Medium (worsted) weight cotton yarn in black - about 1 m (1 yd)
• Medium (worsted) weight cotton yarn in contrast colour - about 1 m (1 yd)
• Dried beans for stuffing - 1/2 cup
• 4.5 mm crochet hook
• Yarn needle for sewing in ends
Abbreviations (US crochet terms):
R - round(s)
st - stitch
sts - stitches
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
Work in the round, without joining rounds.
With main colour yarn, chain 19.
R1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 16 ch, 4 sc in final ch. Rotate your work so that you can crochet back along the bottom of the starting chain. Sc in each of the next 16 spaces, 3 sc in final space. (40 sts)
R2-20: Sc in each st around, for 19 rounds. (40 sts per round)
You should now have a square-shaped bag. If your guage was slightly different from mine, you may need to add or remove a row to make a square.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing, and finish off. Join round and sew in the ends, hiding them inside the bag.
- Use black yarn to embroider some eyes onto your bean bag, between rounds 3 and 4 of the bag, and about 12 stitches apart. Sew a little black mouth in between the eyes. Hide the yarn inside the bag.
- Fill your bean bag with about half a cup of dried beans or plastic pellets (or other filling of your choice).
- Pinch the sides together so that you can crochet a straight seam along the top of the bag.
- Join a contrast colour yarn at one end, by inserting your hook through two corner stitches, and pulling the yarn through.
- Crochet a row of slip stitches along the top of the bean bag, working through two stitches at a time to close the seam.
- Cut yarn, leaving a long tail, and hide the ends inside the bag.
Your little bean bag is now complete!
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