Homemade bean-bag chairs decked out with fabric and foam ready for the knackers’ yard bring the lap of luxury at less than a shoestring budget. But do you know how to make a bean bag chair?
Handcrafting provides a broad range of options to personalize, improvise beans with polystyrene pellets and add the finishing touches. The outer cover colors infuse designs of exciting intricacies and sophistication. Sink your teeth into this sewing and craft DIY for cozy, lightweight and moldable minimalist furniture.
8 Things To Consider About How To Make A Bean Bag Chair:
1. In the First Flush & Materials
Gather the building blocks from a number of items. Vary the dimensions of the fabric into adult-and-child sizes to suit the needs of the end user. For a 40-inch beanbag, cut a 50” cloth and so on. Go for your favorite color, fabric materials and grade of filler.
- 6 yards of 60″ medium weight to heavy-duty fabric
- Extra 60” of stronger and more comfortable cloth
- 1 Long-stemmed zipper for a safety locking mechanism, basically a 48” for a 60” of cloth
- Polystyrene pellets, foam or filler of your choice (at least 30 lbs)
- Ruler/measuring tape
2. Slice Through Patterns
- Slice two circles measuring 170” in perimeter for the insert and the covering. Carve out two rectangular patches at 87”L X 30” W.
- Use a 40” long string and tie the end to a pen as a fulcrum, 27” knot end to end. Locate the center of your fabric and create the circle.
- Measure and slice four rectangular pieces using a simple tape measure or ruler for number-crunching. Two provide outer cover and the remainder inner liner.
- Carving two for each will enables you to stitch up a zipper along the edges directly at the base of the chair.
3. Sew Rectangles & Assemble
- Cobble the right sides together; join them along the 32” side. Severe one piece as a long rectangle and do this for each fabric to join patches together.
- Take the circle top, rectangle middle, zipper and circle bottom. Match up the right sides and hook once of the circular cloths to the longer facing of the rectangle.
- Interlace it securely with a ¼- ½” seam with a sewing machine. Heavier materials require generous sewing.
- Sew the short edges of the rectangles after you fix up to the first circle and it should be coming up roses. Hand knit tightly if you don’t have a sewing machine for extra strength and durability.
4. Sew Zipper & Bottom
Next, place the proper sides of the pattern impeccably and pin the circle to the base of the rectangle. Leave space ample for the zipper’s length. You can place the zipper elsewhere, leave a gap open and lace the filling inside then stitch it up afterward.
Alternatively, put the zipper upside down above the seam with the teeth against the seam line. Apply some glue stick to bond the zipper securely, and then stitch it to the cloth in a straight thread down every side.
5. Scrunch Down the Foam
Fill the cover with the foam or polystyrene fillers, shredded polypropylene mixture works like a dream. It endures pressure and beatings boldly. Avoid beads for a DIY chair as they may end up rupturing after long use.
Urethane or memory foam fill sell at prohibitively expensive prices than regular pellets. Small foam balls provide ideal alternatives but may open a new can of worms if the sack has a hole.
Integrate the interior liner in the outer cover before adding fillings. Seal off the inner and outer spaces. Then, experiment the comfy seat with snuggles or cuddles. You may increase or whittle down filling to make the bean bag denser or softer accordingly.
6. Low-Profile Cubed Seats
- If tracing and trimming patterns sounds like rocket science to your, a square or cubed chair make it a breeze.
- To craft your upper, bottom, and side panels, just guesstimate and cut similar square patches of fabric a bit more substantial than the preferred dimension of the chair.
- Use a dewing machine to sew up all sides jointly to construct a cube, leaving the two remaining sides open.
- Ensconce in a zipper sturdily and replicate these steps to generate the inner muslin liner. Conceal the zipper from kids by detaching the label for a child-safe enclosure.
7. Pillows or Cushions for Numinous Ensembles
Pillows or cushions add a perfect ensemble with patterns, textures, and shades. Creating floor and pillows accentuates your upholstered furniture. For pillows tarred with the same brush, slit two equal square or rectangular fabric portions.
You can also design super-large pillows for relaxing on the floor, fix up an inner liner, and stitch up a zipper into the side. An enclosure system allows you to replenish or subtract fill when needed.
8. Properties of Superior Cover Fabrics
- Go for sturdy and ultra-soft chairs for first-class comfort
- Avoid fabrics that unfold or susceptible to abuses
- Washable fabrics pose minimal maintenance demands and maintain natural luster
- A water-resistant and stain-repellent for quick cleaning
- Heavy-duty covers resist tear and wear from pet pawing or incision
- Enrich your taste with materials shot through with multicolored prints and alternating textures
- Double-stitched seams enhance strength and durability
- Use mesh and other inexpensive materials for the inner liner instead of muslin
- Keep zippers surreptitiously interwoven to make filling inaccessible to children
- Accent your chair with patterns or embroidery for a more personalized style
You now know a thing or two regarding how to make a bean bag chair. It’s a worthwhile alternative for homeowners on a shoestring budget for an oversized or compact one. Sewing broadens the scope of the project unless you use pre-manufactured liners.
Don’t throw foam or fabric on the scrapheap; you can design a DIY beanbag seat to put hardware versions in the shade.
Set the ball rolling with proper fill to cover ratio for perfect volume and fluff. Incorporate a hidden zipper and enclose filling with a durable, sturdy and stain-resistant cover. Sewing skills make short work of doing everything from scratch.