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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
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
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.
1" (2.5 cm) grid, such as cutting mat or
How to Sew a Bean Bag Chair
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.
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.
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