Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Another Use For Lizard Litter

Bean Bags!!!

After reading my title you probably had one of two reactions. Either...Yes! What?  or What the heck is lizard litter?

Lizard litter is crushed walnut shells sold in pet stores.  It makes for a wonderful pincushion filling.  I was first introduced to it during the Scrappy Pincushion Swap.  The only problem is it's sold in big bags and even after making several pincushions I have more.  I've been trying to think of ways to use it up.

The walnut shell pieces are teeny tiny.

Enter the humble bean bag.  My son and I picked out a handful of leftover charm squares, sewed them up, and filled them with the lizard litter.  They're great!  Not as heavy as sand, not at lumpy as dried beans and peas.  There is a little bit of a dust factor to start with but it goes away quickly.  You can see we share a love for American Jane fabric!!  : )


1) Shorten the stitch length on your sewing machine.  This will keep the filling from leaking out the sides of your bean bags.

2) I prefer the Zilla brand sold at Pet Smart.  It is crushed finer than the other brands.

3) I use a candy making squeeze bottle.   This is much easier than using a funnel or a spoon.  I bought mine at Michael's Craft Store.  Cut off the tip to make the hole bigger.  Store it inside your bag of lizard litter when you're done.
4) Work over a plate to contain the mess.


  1. Lizard litter--bahahaha! I think that may have just made my day! :)

  2. I've been wanting to make some bean bags lately - silly me for thinking I should just use beans... :) Thanks for the tips!

  3. Great idea! Another possible use for the litter is to use it to make pincushion/scrap bag things to keep next to the sewing machine. Here's an example:

    You could make some as gifts for your sewing friends!

  4. I spy American Jane Pez. Oh so rare!

  5. Do you think that lizard litter would make a good stuffing for a dog's bed? If you make a pillow, is it soft and pliable, or kind of rigid? My pup likes to "floof" his blanket until he gets a nice soft pile to sink into.

  6. @Rhobotic The lizard litter would be too hard. Polyfil would work. Good for floofing! : )

  7. The candy bottle is a fabulous idea! I always end up with a messy paper funnel and lizard litter to vacuum.

  8. Great ideas I love the colors, fabrics and style of those Bean Bags. . thanks for the tutorial...

  9. So pretty, I want to make one of these. Added to my LONG project wish list.



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