Fish - Diy Bean Bag Toss

How about a diy bean bag toss! See how to make these felt fish for a bean bag toss game. They are easy and quick to make - take a look!
diy bean bag toss
This post includes affiliate links. Thanks for your support.

Diy Bean Bag Toss

What happens if you've got a bag of expired popcorn kernels, a few pieces of felt and a lively toddler that loves to throw things around? Fish!

I made these felt fish really fast and our kid and his friends have had a blast playing a fun throwing game with them! Let me show you how to make them.

Please note that any shapes will work for a diy bean bag toss game. I have tons of free templates on this blog you can use and fill with rice, beans, or corn. Like:

How To Make Felt Fish - For A Bean Bag Toss Game

1) Draw a simple fish on a piece of cardboard. No easier way than that :) I drew a 6-inch (15 cm) long fish since it is easier to sew when it's not too small.

2) Then use some 1.5mm thick felt - best if it has been stiffened - I suggest against using the very soft and thin felt as it may tear too easily. For more tips on how to select the best felt for these fish, see my post on felt buying tips (it applies to felt letters and these fish alike).

3) Using the cardboard template, cut two pieces of felt for each fish.

4) Sew around the two pieces but leave an opening (1-2 inches) to insert stuffing.

5) Stuff the fish using corn, beans, pebbles, or anything else with a similar structure that you have at hand.
I filled them with corn because I discovered a package in my kitchen pantry with a really old expiration date. However, you may choose any other filling that will give some weight to the felt (whatever bean-like materials you may have at home).

6) Of course you can add details to your fish - for example, I chose to add small round pieces of felt - so our fish have 'eyes'. And if you place these eyes carefully to both sides, you can even attach them using a single (short) stitch.

how to make felt fish with corn stuffing


I made them during winter, and it is meant as an indoor activity to release some of the excess energy children have when confined indoors during bad weather.  Put a large shallow box (= a fish pond) on the floor, several meters away from the child (bearing in mind the child's age and throwing capabilities).

When you run out of fish, just collect them and start your bean bag toss game again. And again. You may expect a lot of jumping and cheering if a whole group is playing. Join the kids, it will be fun!

Save for later:
bean bag toss diy

Want More Free Patterns+Tutorials?

Get email updates and never miss out on new patterns, printables and tutorials. If you sign up at THIS link, you'll also get the Fabric Hanging Basket Template for FREE, right now. A cute and easy-sew!

free pattern for a fabric hanging basket

Or, if you feel like it, browse through my other PDF patterns. You might find a few really cute and easy new PDF patterns for your projects. Like this cute earflap beanie pattern:

sewing pattern for an earflap beanie hat for kids
Get the Earflap Beanie Pattern HERE.


  1. I'm hoping you meant 1.5mm thick felt and not cm? I don't think I could find felt that thick 😂 I'm keen to give these little fishies a go.

    1. Kelza,

      yes you're right, it should say a 1.5 millimeter thickness of felt! Oh my goodness, so I've been confusing my readers for such a long time, without noticing! I'm sorry and thanks for pointing that out, I've made the correction. Have a great day - and do send me the photo of the fish when they're completed. I'd love to see your version!

  2. Thank you so much for this! Not a lot of cash for Christmas presents for the smalls this year but I think we can do these fairly cheap! Plus I think they will have loads of fun playing with them! You may have saved my daughter and I this year!

    1. Liz,
      I'm happy to hear my tutorial helps :) Happy holidays,