One way to get the kind of bean bag chair you want is by making your own. While there are plenty of bean bags out there, you may struggle to find one that has colours or patterns that appeal to you. As long as you know the basics of how to sew, making your beanbag shouldn’t be too challenging.
The most important thing is to have detailed instructions and functional patterns. Bean bag chair patterns are readily available, and we’re happy to provide detailed instructions for your convenience.
What You’ll Need
The most durable bean bag chairs have inner linings and outer covers, and the “beans” are poured into the inner linings. The beans aren’t beans at all; they’re pellets made out of plastic or polystyrene. These may be purchased in 100-litre bags at places like Target and K-Mart. Plan on buying about 300-400 litres of pellets for an adult-sized bean bag.
You will also need:
4.6 metres of fabric, if it is 115 to 122 centimetres wide; or 3.2 metres of fabric if it is 137 to 152.5 centimetres wide. You can view our outdoor bean bag fabric guide here.
You will need the same sizes for the cover and the lining.
56 centimetres of a zipper
A cutting mat
It is technically possible to sew this by hand, but it will be easier, and the results will be better if you use a sewing machine.
Make the Patterns
Find a bean bag chair pattern online. You will need six side patterns for the cover and six side patterns for the lining. Just scale the pattern you find to make the size you need and draw the cutting line accordingly.
For the top pattern, of which you will need just one for the cover and one for the lining, fold a sheet of paper in half. Mark a place about halfway down, and then swing a ruler and draw an arc 14 centimetres from that point.
For the bottom patterns, of which you will need two for the cover and two for the lining, do the same thing that you did for the top pattern but make the arc 30.5 centimetres from the halfway point. Unfold the paper and draw a line 1.3 centimetres from the fold and cut along it. Discard the smaller piece of paper, and you’ll be left with your bottom pattern.
Sew Your Beanbag
1. Pin together the bottom pattern pieces. Allowing a 1.3-centimetre seam allowance, machine basting the straight edges. Re-stitch with a regular stitch length 2.5 centimetres from the edges.
2. Place the zipper teeth on the seam line and stitch down each side of the tape 6 millimetres from the teeth.
3. Stitch together the long, right sides of the side pieces. Leave a 1.3-centimetre seam allowance. Leave the last stitch open.
4. Catch both seam allowances by top-stitching 1 centimetre from the seams.
5. 1.3 centimetres from the raw edge, stay -stitch the upper edge of the beanbag. Clip seam allowances at intervals of 1.3 centimetres.
6. Divide the outer edge of the top of the bean bag into six equal parts, mark them, and pin them to the upper edge of the bag. Stich a 1.3-centimetre seam.
7. After pressing the seam allowances toward the sides of the bag, top-stitch 1 centimetre from the seam. Repeat the previous two steps, and make sure to leave the zipper partly open.
8. Reach through the opening in the zipper and turn the bag right-side out. Press the bottom seam allowances toward the sides and top-stitch 1 centimetre from the seam.
9. Repeat the same process to make the lining.
10. Insert the lining into the cover and fill it with pellets.
All you have to do now is close the zippers. Your new bean bag chair is now ready to use! Of course, if you can’t be bothered to make your own, you can find an excellent range of products at Bean Bags R Us.