Giant Bean Bag

Category: furniture

You can make a beanbag chair using any fabric, We used cream denim and natural Sherpa fur. The inside lining was made from a cotton muslin, and it is filled with a mix of Fairfield’s Poly-fi®l Biggie Bean Bag filler and Fairfield’s Classic Bean Bag filler (the one with the great new Pour & Store spout).

What you need to make this project

Materials
Biggie Bean Bag Filler
Classic Bean Bag Filler
Ivory sherpa 60" x 60" piece
Ivory Canvas or Denim 4.7 yards (170")
Varsity Letters
Liner material - 4.7 yards (170")
Heavy Duty Color coordinating thread
Supplies
Basic sewing supplies
Denim strength sewing machine needles

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Instructions

Step One

You can make your beanbag as large or small as you desire. It’s basically learning how to find the circumference of a circle and sewing two circles on to a straight piece of fabric.

I made a muslin inner shell to hold the Poly-fil® Biggie Bean Bag Filler using 4.7 yards (or 170″) x 34″ wide plain white cotton or muslin fabric for the inside shell.

Then I made the outer shell with the ivory Sherpa and cream denim. I used 4.7 yards (or 170″) of cream denim cut to 34″ wide.

The Sherpa was a 60″ piece of material. You’ll need two circles that perfectly fit the length of the denim. To do that, you must find the circumference.

Remember your teacher saying, math would always come in handy!

Use the diameter of the circle and multiply it by 3.14 to get the circumference. The circumference becomes the length of the denim; for this Giant Bean Bag it was 170″.

Now to cut 2 perfect circles, fold the fabric in half, using the radius of the circle, draw a half circle from the middle point fold. I did one circle at a time since the Sherpa was thick.

Step Two

Next, pin the circles to the long edges of the fabric and sew closed. One of the ends you will leave a 48″ opening to sew in a zipper. I like to use zippers by the yard because you can pick the length you need for any project.

Step Three

I wanted this room to have awe-inspiring team spirit so I added varsity letters all over. If you are ambitious you can sew the varsity letters on – I did three and then got wise – to save time you can glue them on using Fabric-tac.

Step Four

Once the inside and outside shells are complete, fill the inner shell with 6-7 bags of Fairfield Pol-fil® Bean Bag filler and sew it closed. (I used a combination of Pol-fil® Classic Bean Bag filler andPol-fil® Biggie Bean Bag filler for even more squishability  and comfort.)

Step Five

Then stuff the inner bag inside the outer shell and zip it up.

Soon enough you’ll be proud of your accomplishments, kicking back to watch the big game! Let’s go, team Fairfield!