Bag making seems like it should be an easy task—one of the first things you undertake when learning to sew. Bag making is a technique that is used to create anything from stuffed animals to seat cushions. One of the simplest designs you can do without much of a risk of messing up is bean bag making.
These chairs are large, somewhat round and filled with foam beads. Bean bag making does not have be an exact formula, which makes it a great first project. You will also wind up with a very comfortable chair. The article below will show you how easy bean bag chair making actually is.
Step 1 - Choosing the Materials
Bean bag making requires that you have sturdy materials to work with. They need to be strong in order to support the weight of an individual as well as stand up to the wear and tear of everyday use. Avoid using vinyl as a bean bag making material. Some good choices are denim, leather or a thick cotton-like duct fabric. What you have as filler also impacts how the bean bag chair will feel when you sit on it. The best filler has to be stiff. Dried kidney beans, packing peanuts and foam pellets make for great choices.
Step 2 - Make the Template
The initial thought behind bag making is that the template is round. However, with a bean bag, this is not the case at all because if you make a bean bag out of a round template, the edges will not connect properly. The actual template is a triangle with equal sides. Place the material for the bean bag making project on the floor with the facing side down. Use your measuring tape and pencil to draw a large triangle. Make sure the edges are even and equal. You can then cut the triangle out using the craft scissors.
Step 3 - Sewing It
You will notice when you begin sewing the template how easy it is and how hard it would be if it had been a circle. Draw one point of the triangle to another point and sew the ends together. Once the side is completely sewn shut, draw up the other side of the triangle that meets with the one you just sewed shut and sew them together. You will be left with another open slit that is very close together.
Step 4 - Finishing Up
Now that two of the three sides are sewn shut, your first foray into the bean bag-making world is nearly complete. All you have to do now is install a zipper. For this step, you will need to turn the bean bag chair inside out. Sew the zipper to the inside of the chair, then turn it inside out again. Fill the bag with your filling material, leaving some space, then zip it shut.