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How to Make a Bean Bag Chair Simply and Cheaply


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Beanbag chairs are again in style after a fifty year heritage as a trendy, cost-effective and even more importantly an exceptionally comfortable piece of home furniture on which to relax and take it easy. Beanbag seats have been going since a couple of trendy Italian fashion designers made a curved designed one in the 60's known as the Socco. Beanbags today are available in a wide range of styles and sizes and prices to match the majority of pockets. Having said that many love to make their own either to cut costs or to guarantee they obtain exactly what they are after.

For the DIY lovers around here are a few very simple instructions which almost anyone can adhere to produce their own (and by so accomplishing complement your individual décor). By using these very simple instructions you should end up with a bean bag seat just for you.

What you will require

  • Some hard wearing (preferably machine washable) 100 % cotton fabric that suits your look and feeling.
    A regular sewing machine (or perhaps needle and thread at a pinch. )
    Razor-sharp sewing scissors
    Steam Flat iron
    Polystyrene balls (flame resistant and if feasible reprocessed)
    Tools which should make it easier to sketch a circle

Time period to finish

About four hours


1. You will need a couple rectangles of fabric measuring 90cm by 50cm. Stitch Velcro to every piece after that join all of them together to make a square of approximately 90cm by 90cm.

2. Trim the contour of a circle out of your square. This will constitute the bottom of the bag - your circle ought to have a diameter of around 84cm along with a couple of additional centimetres around the border.

3. Cut out an oblong section of fabric which is as lengthy as the circumference of the circular bottom. And then cut out an oblong piece with a 260cm length and a width of approximately 150cm.

4. Sew together the shorter sides of your long rectangle-shaped piece of fabric to make a cylindrical tube with a circumference of 274cm along with a diameter of 86cm.

5. Gather 1 end of the sides on the cylindrical tube to create and strongly close up the top beanbag seat. Achieve this by creating 10-20cm long concertina creases in the top of the cylinder.

6. If you desire the concertina folds to seem tidier, you may tidy the joins up by sewing a triangular line from the end of a concertina fold down to the place that the material is folded over.

7. After you have completed stitching together the concertina creases you will find a round bag that comes together at the top. Entirely sew over the midsection join to guarantee the polystyrene beans are maintained securely inside the bag.

8. Pin together the round end of your cylindrical tube to the spherical Velcro base you've made previously.

9. Stitch the bottom of the bag along with edges together, whilst keeping the materials turned inside out. Once you have finished, after that you can turn the material inside out.

10. Add a handle to the top of the bag as this will serve so it will be easy to carry and look neat as well as funky. To do this crease over a lengthy oblong strip of fabric, sew it together and ultimately turn it back to front. Fix the handle to the top of the beanbag this is a procedure that is almost certainly most effectively achieved the old-fashioned process by hand.

11. Make use of a funnel to fill your beanbag with polystyrene beans. Firmly secure the Velcro bottom to lock the beans within the bag.

12. Relax and relax on and totally enjoy your very own brand-new beanbag chair - you deserve it!

Ian Roberts works for Mr Bean Bag (UK) which is one of the UK's leading suppliers of affordable, high quality contemporary bean bag chairs and furniture. You can find out more about these wonderful products at Mr Bean Bag


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