• Make Your Own Bean Bag Chair



    Make Your Own Bean Bag Chairs!

    For lounging in front of the television or curling up to read a book, use this comfortable beanbag chair. Although the name implies that the bag is filled with beans, it is actually filled with polystyrene pellets, making the chair lightweight and moldable. Beanbag chairs can be made in either a child size or an adult size.

    For added durability, the beanbag chair consists of a muslin inner lining, which holds the pellets, and an outer cover. The inner lining is zippered for convenience in filling the bag. The outer cover is also zippered, making it easy to remove for laundering or dry cleaning. For the outer cover, select a medium weight fabric, such as wide-wale corduroy, denim, canvas, or upholstery fabric

    Cutting Directions

    For the adult-size beanbag chair, make the pattern for the side pieces as in step 1 below; cut six side pieces from fabric and six side pieces from lining. For the top of the chair, cut one circle each from the fabric and the lining, with the radius equal to 5-1/2" (14 cm). For the bottom of the chair, make the pattern as in steps 2 and 3 below; cut two pieces each from the fabric and the lining.

    For the child-size chair, make the pattern for the side pieces as in step 1 below; cut six side pieces from fabric and six side pieces from. For the top of the chair, cut one circle each from the fabric and the lining with the radius equal to 4-1/2" (11.5 cm). For the button of the chair, make the pattern as in steps 2 and 3 below: cut two pieces each from the fabric and the lining.

    Click Here for a Printable Pattern

    You will need

    For adult-size chair
    • 5 yards (4.6 m) medium weight to heavyweight fabric, 45" to 48" (115 to 122 cm wide
    • OR 3-1/2 yards (3.2 m) of 54" to 60" (137 to 152.5 cm) fabric
    • Muslin, for inner lining, yardage same as for outer cover
    • Zipper, 22" (56 cm) long
    • Polystyrene pellets, approximately 6 cu. Ft. (1.85 cu. m)
    • Click here for a source of filler material
    • Other suggested filler to use would be packing peanuts. Use the ones that DO NOT dissolve with water
    • 1" (2.5 cm) grid, such as cutting mat or graph paper



    For child-size chair
    • 3 yards (2.75 m) medium weight to heavyweight fabric, 45" to 48" (115 to 122 cm) wide.
    • OR 2-1/2 yards (2.3 m) of 54" to 60" (37 to 152.5 cm) fabric
    • Muslin, for inner lining, yardage same as for outer cover
    • Zipper, 18" (46 cm) long
    • Polystyrene pellets, approximately 4 cu. ft. (1.27 cu. m)
    • Click here for a source of filler material
    • 1" (2.5 cm) grid, such as cutting mat or graph paper


    How to Sew a Bean Bag Chair


    1) Place tracing paper over a 1" (2.5 cm) grid. Make full-size pattern for sides of chair, using the diagram (see diagram) as a guide. Cut side pieces from fabric and lining.





    2) Fold paper in half; make a mark at center of fold. Using straightedge and pencil, mark arc on paper measuring 10" (25.5 cm) from the marked point for child-size chair or 12" (30.5 cm) from marked point for adult-size chair. Cut on marked line.



    3) Unfold paper; mark a line 1/2" (1.3 cm) from fold. Cut on marked line, and discard smallest piece of circle; remainder of circle is pattern for bottom of chair. Cut chair bottom pieces from fabric and lining (see above).



    4) Pin chair bottom pieces together along straight edges. Machine-baste a 1/2" (1.3 cm) seam; using a regular stitch length, stitch at the ends of seam for 1" (2.5 cm). Press seam open.



    5) Center zipper right side down over seam allowances, with zipper teeth on seamline. Glue-baste in place, using glue stick. Stitch down each side of zipper tape ¼" (6 mm) from zipper teeth.



    6) Stitch long edges of side pieces, right sides together, in 1/2" (1.3 cm) seam; leave last seam unstitched. Press seam allowances to one side, pressing all in same direction.




    7) Topstitch 3/8" (1 cm) from seams. Stitch remaining seam; press seam allowances to one side, and topstitch





    8) Stay stitch upper edge of bag a scant 1/2" (1.3 cm) from edge. from raw edge, clip seam allowance at 1/2" (1.3 cm) intervals.




    9) Divide the outer edge of top circle into six parts; mark. Pin the upper edge of bag to top circle, right sides together, matching seams of sides to marks on circle. Stitch 1/2" (1.3 cm) seam.



    10) Press seam allowances toward the bag sides; topstitch 3/8"
    (1 cm) from the seam. Repeat steps 8 and 9 for the bag bottom, leaving zipper partially opened



    11) Turn bag right side out through the zipper opening. Press the bottom seam allowances toward bag sides; topstitch 3/8"
    (1 cm) from seam.


    12) Repeat steps 4 to 11 for inner lining. Insert the lining into outer cover; fill the bag with polystyrene pellets. Close zippers.


    Source: From the Singer Reference Library- Quick & Easy Decorating Projects
    Quick & Easy Decorating Projects

    Comments 20 Comments
    1. srouden's Avatar
      srouden -
      I will have to try this my Mother-in-law and I were just talking about this earlier today, and I would love to have my own bean bag chairs for my kids!
    1. Lindak's Avatar
      Lindak -
      I think this is neat idea, now just to figure out how much to enlarge pattern
    1. phunkyphreak's Avatar
      phunkyphreak -
      That is cool I wish I could sew
    1. CarlaB's Avatar
      CarlaB -
      My DH& I have been wanting a reading nook/quiet haven for our bedroom, and just maybe a bean bag'nest' for two would fit the bill. We need light weight, comfy, washable (I'm a notorious coffee slosher), affordable, and big enough for both of us, without it being a space hog. This is all of that, plus customizable for colors, patterns, even embroidery... Yup. I think this will work perfectly! Thank you!
    1. aponi's Avatar
      aponi -
      I think I am going to make 4 of these (my neice & nephews) for Christmas gifts. They are always gathering pillows and plopping down here there and everywhere so I think they will like them.
    1. Joan Wamsley's Avatar
      Joan Wamsley -
      I came here after a search for a bean bag chair pattern directed me here. I can see I will be here a lot in the near future! I have printed the pattern, drafted the pattern, bought all the appropriate materials. However, I can not find the diameter of the circle that is used on the top of the bean bag chair anywhere in the directions. I need to make two as gifts for Christmas and was hoping to start on them soon. Have everything ready to go but at a stand still until I get further info! Any help would be great. Thanks.
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joan Wamsley View Post
      I came here after a search for a bean bag chair pattern directed me here. I can see I will be here a lot in the near future! I have printed the pattern, drafted the pattern, bought all the appropriate materials. However, I can not find the diameter of the circle that is used on the top of the bean bag chair anywhere in the directions.
      The answer to your question is located in paragraphs 3 for adult size chairs and 4 for kids size chairs.
    1. mariaursula's Avatar
      mariaursula -
      So excited to do this! I have been in search of the perfect size and color bean bag chairs...now I can just make them myself. ..wow what a concept!
    1. smason03's Avatar
      smason03 -
      I made bean bag chairs for the after school program at my grandsons school. They didn't want to have them made with the little peanuts so I stuffed them with plastic grocery bags before they started to recycle them. They lasted for long time.
    1. emmadaniel's Avatar
      emmadaniel -
      It looks lovely! I think its no more a difficult task to made bean bags with your wonderful guide!!
    1. johnnyf's Avatar
      johnnyf -
      Thanks for the bean bag chair tutorial! I want to make a couple for my kids' tree fort, which is open to the elements, so it needs to be able to withstand rain but not sun or snow. Any advice on materials and/or construction?
    1. Epit4ever's Avatar
      Epit4ever -
      i would love to try this, where do u get the fill? this small town has neither of those items, u mentioned.
    1. cheapguy's Avatar
      cheapguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Epit4ever View Post
      i would love to try this, where do u get the fill? this small town has neither of those items, u mentioned.
      if all else fails you can always order off the internet.
    1. Blustd's Avatar
      Blustd -
      I am wondering how practical this is with the cost of material now. 5 yards of almost anything is going to be over $50. I am sure that I can get a beanbag chair for less.
    1. Buugette's Avatar
      Buugette -
      Quote Originally Posted by Blustd View Post
      I am wondering how practical this is with the cost of material now. 5 yards of almost anything is going to be over $50. I am sure that I can get a beanbag chair for less.
      What about using material around the house. I have recently lost a lot of weight and have many jeans that I can no longer wear. I was thinking of cutting them up, sewing them together and turning them into a bean bag.
    1. Gardenbeez's Avatar
      Gardenbeez -
      I like the idea of using fabric on hand...think outside the box! Thrift stores are also a good source for material...you can buy either the cloth yardage or use comforters or anything large to re-purpose and make these with! I have been fortunate to buy large quantities of fabric lately...five yards for $1.25 the whole piece.
    1. dwdanby's Avatar
      dwdanby -
      Hi! I want to make the adult chair, but I want one that is four feet in diameter. I am new to sewing so I can't tell how big around this chair winds up to be? Can you help? I know the average adult chair online is only three feet diameter.
    1. HappyMamma's Avatar
      HappyMamma -
      Quote Originally Posted by Blustd View Post
      I am wondering how practical this is with the cost of material now. 5 yards of almost anything is going to be over $50. I am sure that I can get a beanbag chair for less.


      Most stores have a sewing section or a JoAnn Fabric type store go to the closeout stuff and peek around. The Salvation army will have saving days go get some jeans and cut them up for a $1 each or anything you see that you think will work.
    1. debralewis's Avatar
      debralewis -
      Quote Originally Posted by dwdanby View Post
      Hi! I want to make the adult chair, but I want one that is four feet in diameter. I am new to sewing so I can't tell how big around this chair winds up to be? Can you help? I know the average adult chair online is only three feet diameter.
      Did you ever get an answer? I'm trying to find out the finished dimensions of this pattern before I proceed. Thanks!
    1. TSlu1's Avatar
      TSlu1 -
      These are fabulous gift ideas! I will likely try to get several done before Christmas for my grandkids and great nieces and nephews. Wonderful! I'm so excited to try this!


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