Did you love playing with bean bags as a child? Actually, bean bags can have many other uses! You may use them as weights, markers on a sports field or even for stress-free purposes. And although their name implies they are filled with beans, you can use many other things for filling them, like dried lavender, beads, sand, feed corn and rice. Are you ready to know how to make a bean bag? It’s easier than you think!
Now let’s imagine a huge bean bag! Wouldn’t you just want to sit and relax on it? The good news is that you can. Following a few simple steps, you can make your own bean bag chair and save the costs of buying a ready-made one. Are you ready to find out how to make a bean bag and a comfy pouffe where your little one can nap, or your guests can relax? This is an easy sewing project anyone can achieve. Keep on reading to find out all you need to know.
How to make a bean bag sewing tutorial
Do you want to create a bean bag? Follow this free sewing pattern and easy bean bag tutorial to make one you can offer as a present or use alone or with your kids to play. They’re going to love it for sure!
Step 1: Pick out the materials for your sewing project
You’ll need a large amount of fabric, at least 60 X 60 cm, so you can make multiple beanbags. The fabric people use for these DIY projects is usually a cotton polyester blend. You can either find it prepackaged or at your local arts and crafts store. You may also use a lightweight fabric, an upholstery weight one or thin quilting cotton. Just make sure to choose one that is washable so you can easily put it in the washing machine and reuse it. You can buy a material that serves as both the bean bag’s front and back or purchase different fabrics for the back and front. You’ll also need:
- Scissors and/or rotary blade
- Sewing machine
- Sewing thread that matches your design
- Dried beans, corn, or peas
Step 2: Cut your fabric
For each bean bag, you’ll need 2 pieces of fabric, each 13 X 13 cm. Measure the distance with a ruler and make marks with your pencil. Then use a pair of scissors or a rotary blade to cut both squares out.
Step 3: Iron your fabric
You should iron the fabric so that it isn’t wrinkled. To do so, place a tea towel over each piece of fabric and press your heated iron gently against the tea towel. Make sure you are ironing on a safe surface like an ironing board.
Step 4: Arrange the fabric
Take one of your pieces and lay it with the design out. Take your other piece and lay it face down, over top of the other one, having the right sides together. Ensure you have straight edges that are flush with one another.
Step 5: Stitch the fabric together
Take a few sewing pins and stick them through the 2 pieces of fabric to hold them together as you are sewing them. Then follow these steps:
- Place one of the edges underneath the machine’s sewing needle.
- You should sew a 1.2 cm inseam around your fabric’s edges. You can reposition the fabric 90 degrees and begin stitching again or make a diagonal stitch before stitching the next side when you get to the corners.
- Stitch all the way around until you are about 7 cm away from where you started and stop there. You will use this “pocket” in the following steps.
Step 6: Invert the fabric and fill it up with bean bag filling
Place your thumb and pointer finger inside the opening you left. Grab the farthest inside edge and pull your fabric through the hole. Having the fabric right side out, slowly pour the bean bag filler of your preference. It could be dried beans, corn, or peas. Be careful not to pack them tight; it needs to be slightly loose.
Step 7: Stitch your pocket together
Take the 2 loose fabric edges and place them back underneath the sewing needle. Stitch a 1.3 cm inseam onto the opened pocket. You now have finished making your own bean bag! Repeat all the previous steps until you have the number of beanbags you need. Also, keep in mind that if you feel crafty, you can use online templates to give form to your bean bags, like creating a stuffed animal to offer as a gift!
Step-by-step guide: How to create a bean bag chair
Do you need a bean bag chair pattern to make a giant bean bag lounger for your kids and friends? It can be an ideal cosy place to read, watch TV, have sleepovers or host unexpected visitors! It won’t only match your home decor, but it is also a super budget-friendly option. Follow our guide to make an adorable bean bag chair in just 30 minutes—would you believe us?
Step 1: Determine your chair’s diameter
Some people like giant bean bag chairs, others like those that are about the size of a standard chair, or some need a smaller kids bean bag chair. This is up to you to decide, but the average width is around 80 cm wide.
Step 2: Choose a fabric
The best fabric to buy is a cotton-polyester blended one you can find in your local arts and crafts store. You can choose from any design available, such as polka dots, solid colours, stripes, animal prints, and so much more.
Step 3: Determine your piece of fabric’s size
All you should do is add 10 cm to the total width of the chair. If your diameter length is 150 cm long, add 10 cm to this length, and you get 160 cm. That’s why you should purchase either 2 separate fabric pieces, each 160 X 160 cm, or one continuous piece of material that is 160 X 320 cm. You need 2 pieces of fabric to form the bottom and top of your chair. If you buy one continuous piece of fabric, you should cut it in half with your scissors when you get it home to have 2 even squares.
Step 4: Cut out circles on the fabric
If you work with one large piece of fabric, cut the piece in half to get 2 equal squares. Then flip both pieces over on a safe, flat surface with the design facing down. Draw 2 even circles, one circle on each piece of fabric. The circles’ diameter should be the desired width of the chair. Once you are done with the circles, use a pair of scissors to cut them out.
Step 5: Sew your 2 circles together
Put one circle face up on a flat surface and the other one directly on top of it, face down. Then use your sewing machine and place the edge of the 2 circles underneath your threaded needle.
- First, make a 1.2 cm inseam around to stitch the circles together.
- Leave a hole open at the end so that you can get your hand in between your circles.
- Go back in the opposite direction, and sew a 2 cm inseam. Once more, keep the hole open.
- When you’ve stitched the circles together, remove them safely from your sewing machine.
- Using a pair of scissors, trim off the excess fabric, about 0.6 cm close to the 1.2 cm inseam.
Step 6: Finish off your DIY bean bag chair
Tuck the raw edge under the hole left open for filling and put your hand through the hole you didn’t stitch. Then follow the following steps.
- Reach all the way through and get the seam on the other side.
- Take the design on the outside by pulling the fabric through the hole flipping it inside-out.
- Poke your hand back through the hole to push against your seams, and ensure the fabric is poked all the way out.
- Fill your new bean bag chair with whatever you like, like standard stuffing material, polystyrene beads, real beans or polyester pellets.
- Lastly, fold the seam allowance at the opening down into the bag and sew the hole by hand. Use a sharp, small needle and embroidery floss that matches your other thread and sew a zigzag stitch. You’re now ready to enjoy your new pouffe! If you want to jump all over it with no fear of opening up, you should consider adding a velcro outer cover for a more secure inner lining.
Making a bean bag, either for tossing around with your friends or as a comfy chair, is a super simple DIY project for anyone to complete with the suitable materials and guide! You can make them customised to match your decor, and they are also more economical than getting store-bought ones. You can also adapt these bean bags in many ways, changing the shape, size, and materials as you wish, with the basic sewing process remaining the same. Are you ready to get creative?