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Beanbag Toss

Kids love to play this party game, racking up points by tossing pumpkin-, ghost-, and cat-shaped felt beanbags into the openings in the pumpkin.

What You'll Need:

When not in use, place the pumpkin in the yard for all to see and enjoy.
  • Pencil
  • 4 x 4-foot 1/2-inch-thick exterior fir plywood
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Exterior paints in bright orange, dark orange, and black
  • Paintbrush
  • 1 x 4 x 30-inch fir board
  • 1 1/2 x 2 1/2-inch butt hinge with screws
  • Screwdriver
  • 16-inch light-duty chain with two 1/2-inch-long screws to fit
  • Drill and drill bit
  • 24 inches of No. 9 wire


1. Download the free pattern for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

Pumpkin patterns

Download Adobe Acrobat

2. For the pumpkin board, enlarge the pumpkin pattern, and trace onto plywood. Cut out with jigsaw. Cut out eyes, nose, and mouth. Sand the edges. Paint the entire pumpkin bright orange. Let dry. Paint the lines around the eyes black and the remaining lines dark orange.

3. Attach the fir board to back at top edge using hinge. Screw chain between brace and pumpkin at bottom edge. Drill holes in pumpkin 1 1/2 inches from top and 4 inches from sides. Attach wire through the holes.

What You'll Need (two of each):

  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Two 5-inch squares each of white and orange felt
  • Two 6-inch squares of black felt
  • Water-erasable marking pen
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Small scrap of green calico
  • Embroidery floss in black and white
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Pin
  • Beans or rice
  • Pinking shears

1. Download the free pattern for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

Download Adobe Acrobat

Bean Bag patterns

2. Enlarge the patterns onto tracing paper. Transfer each design onto one square of felt (ghost on white, pumpkin on orange, and cat on black) using marking pen. (Note: Do not cut out.) Cut a 1 1/2 x 2 3/4-inch rectangle from green calico for the pumpkin stem.

3. Using all six plies of the embroidery floss and referring to dots on patterns, work black French knots for ghost eyes, white French knots for cat eyes, and black Xs for pumpkin eyes. Work black backstitches for pumpkin smile.

4. For pumpkin stem, fold calico in half crosswise, right sides together, to form a 3/4 x 1 5/8-inch rectangle. Using 1/4 inch seams, sew short sides. Turn right side out. Press under 1/4 inch on raw edge.

5. For each shape, place the embroidered square on an unstitched square, wrong sides facing. Pin pumpkin stem to top of pumpkin as indicated by Xs on pattern. Stitch along sewing line, leaving opening as indicated by slashes on pattern. Fill bags with beans or rice; sew openings closed. Cut out 1/4 inch from seam using pinking shears.


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