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12.10.2003

Beanbag Chair Tutorial-For Craft Rookie Friendly Friday

HI! Welcome to the Beanbag Chair Tutorial!
First what you will need to do is purchase your fabric, and bean bag filling.
Our local Fred Meyers sold filling, but if you don't have a Fred Meyers, then check your local sewing store, or online. You could also use batting, or packing peanuts if you have some of that more accessible.
We decided to go with fleece for our fabric, because it's warm and cozy, and because it had a dinosaur print, which is what my 5 year old wanted to make it out of for her brother.
We bought 2 different fleece prints, and got 3/4 yard of each, I think next time we will go with a full yard of each to make a bigger bag, but this made a decent kid sized one and will fit my 3 year old nicely.

On this step you want to make sure your straight edge of your pattern lines up with the folded sides of the fabric, not the open sides.
Then do that for all the panels. Don't throw away the leftover scraps, until you cut out 2 circles that will seal up the top and bottom. We did 6 panels in all, and 2 circles.
Next you want to take two panels, if you went with two different prints, choose one of each, then put them RIGHT sides in.Then you are just going to sew each set of 2 panels together first. My 5 year old did this, and as it is fleece and a tighter zig zag stitch, it was very forgiving of the crooked sewing.
After you have all your sets of 2 panels sewed together, you just want to connect them all by doing the same thing thing-don't forget to keep putting right sides together, until you have a ball.
The top and bottom of the ball where all the ends meet might be a little off, which is fine, because you now will use the circles to finish off the top and bottom.
I don't have a picture of us doing the final steps, but basically all you do is take your circle for one side and hand sew it on. It was easiest for me to pin the circle to the fabric and then sew-folding in any fabric that needed it.
Then take your beanbag filling and using a funnel or something like it, fill that bag up.
Then take your other circle and hand sew it on to the top.
And then you're done!
Cozy and soft, and my 3 year old is going to absolutely love it!
Especially since his sister made it for him!
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and have fun with your new beanbag chair!

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2 Comments:

Blogger Kent and Katie said...

This is such a cute project!! Where did you find bean bag filling??

www.hipposanddinosaurs.blogspot.com

Fri Dec 11, 03:05:00 PM

 
Blogger keelime said...

Could you fill these with actual beans (you know, the name of the chair)and they could double as food storage?!! (tee hee) I don't know if that would be comfortable, but....

Mon Dec 14, 09:09:00 AM

 

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