17 Must-have DIY Bean Bag Chair Ideas & Practical Procedure

by craftmin | January 11, 2018

All children love to have a space to call their own. It may be a place to chill, for binge watching movies or for a place to read. Nothing offers more comfort to kids than the bean bag chair. Although you can easily buy one for your kids at the store, going for a DIY bean bag chair might be a better option.

For the inexperienced, making a DIY bean bag chair might seem a daunting process. It’s no simple feat—for sure—but the task doesn’t necessarily have to be complex. In fact, with the right tutorial and the materials at your side, you can easily make your own bean bag in just half an hour.

Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself.

Easy-to-Follow Guide

Materials needed:

  • 2 pieces of upholstery weight fabric
  • 1 piece 22 inches zipper
  • 5 cubic feet bean bag filling

Before you start, note that all seam allowances in this method are set at 5/8”.

Step 1

Cut the two fabrics to 45 inches by 32 inches. The fabrics don’t need to be the same – in fact, the more diverse the two are, the better it will appear.

Step 2

Stack the two pieces of cloth together, turning them on their right sides. Prevent fraying with a zigzag stitch on the long edges. Follow the stitches with a straight stitch. For better durability, I personally suggest going for small stitches.

Step 3

Fold the carefully-stitched fabrics horizontally as if it were a hot dog bun.

Step 4

Partially round out one end of the fabric, removing roughly 6” of the cloth.

Step 5

Open the cloth back, revealing the rectangular fabric with a symmetrical curve on one end. Add some zigzag stitches to the raw edges and follow them up with straight stitches. Leave the adjacent edge unstitched to create an opening.

Step 6

Open the unsewn edge and fold the fabrics so that the two opposing color fabrics show. Refer to the images below for better comprehension.

Step 7

Sew the 22 inches zipper at the center of the zipper.

Step 8

Finish the zipper by adding a straight stitch to each side.

Step 9

Now that you have a vessel for the bean bag, all it needs is the right filling. With a kid in mind, a 100 liter or 3.5 cubic feet of filling is sufficient for the ideal plump.

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And, voila, you’ve made your child a DIY bean bag chair. Never ever let your child open your home-made bean bag, there is a risk of your child of swallowing the pellets and choking.

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17 Designs to Inspire From

Because there is no single way of which DIY bean bag chair is made, you could actually come up with your own design. But if you are new to this DIY scene, its normal not to know how to customise it. We can help you overcome that problem with these 18 pre-made ideas to inspire you.

  1. Giant DIY Bean Bag Chair

True to its label, this gargantuan design is meant to be larger than the average bean bag chair. With its big size, any kid—big or small—will be easily contained by it. The only disadvantage to this design is that it may take more materials to make and is obviously more space-hungry.

  1. DIY Bean Bag Chair with a Handle on the Side

If you want a bean bag chair that is more portable, this particular blueprint is draggable by its side handle. This is not to say that other designs are meant to be fixated in just one location, but there is a benefit to not needing to lift it, whic other bean bag chairs require to be moved around.

  1. iPad Stand DIY Bean Bag Chair

    Source: Sewn Up

So, this might not be technically the kind of bean bag chair which a kid will enjoy sitting on. After all, this is not meant for anyone to lean on. This particular design is made with one particular gadget in mind: the iPad.

However, this idea could also be used as an accessory for an actual bean bag chair during chill time.

  1. Remade DIY Bean Bag Chair

An old and beaten bean bag chair is not necessarily meant for the trash. With a bit of creativity, you can easily bring it back to life with a simple makeover. Call it re-purposed, or call it cheating, but it’s far more practical than having to buy or make a new one from scratch. If it isn’t old and familiar, then it’s got to be new, right?

  1. Football-inspired DIY Bean Bag Chair

You know that you want your child to become a sportsman by choosing to pattern your bean bag chair after an iconic sports material. This design is obviously leaning towards one sport: football.

  1. DIY Bean Bag Chair with Otomi Stencils

Making a bean bag chair from scratch is already an art in itself. But adding a layer of art onto it, that’s twice as artistic. This particular DIY bean bag chair blueprint is a statement that bean bags themselves can be very creative.

  1. Rollie Pollie DIY Bean Bag Chair

Want a bean bag chair that you not only sit on to but can roll around as well? This rollie design is inviting for its circular shape and colorful lines, which make a perfect companion for kids during playtime in the living room.

  1. Pyramidal DIY Bean Bag Chair

    Source: eHow

As plain as it gets, this pyramid-like bean bag chair design is a fully-functional semi-fixture.

  1. Pillowcase

    Source: Houzz

Most bean bag chairs are not small, but if you want a multi-purpose bean bag, then size might be a factor.

Do not let the size of this particular blueprint fool you into thinking that it’s only for a single purpose. This pillowcase is something to lie your head on, and it can also be sat on as needed, or you can use it to embellish the sofa or bed.

  1. Denim DIY Bean Bag Chair

Do you have some old denim that has been sitting in your wardrobe for years? Do not throw it away. Repurpose your old clothes into something equally as useful by using them as a skin for your next DIY bean bag chair project.

  1. Toddler-sized DIY Bean Bag Chair

Toddlers are obviously smaller in stature than older kids, which means the average bean bag chair might be too big for them. However, here you have a chair made specifically for a child of this age. This DIY bean bag chair is tailor-made with that small body in mind.

  1. DIY Bean Bag Chair for Dolls

    Source: Real Coake

Young girls tend to treat their dolls as miniature versions of themselves. If your little girl already has her own bean bag chair to cozy with, why not add one for her doll as well to complete the experience? This tiny DIY bean bag chair is made small for a very good purpose: it is meant for a doll, not kids.

  1. Plain DIY Bean Bag Chair

Forget about the intricacies that may be possible for a DIY project such as a bean bag chair. If all you need is one that is functional, the design doesn’t really matter. Out of all the designs in this list, nothing is probably as representative to the idea than this plain design.

  1. DIY Bean Bag Chair for Babies

If you need something more comfortable than a crib to calm your kid, this DIY bean bag chair made exclusively for a toddler might be the key. Unlike other bean bag chairs meant for kids, this particular design has a strap to hold the child in place.

  1. Stuff Animals as Innards DIY Bean Bag Chair

If you have got too many stuffed animals at home than you can deal with, people often choose to put them into storage. But instead of letting these amazing toys gather dust, why not use them as the cushioning for a bean bag chair?

Although the feel of this makeshift bean bag chair will be entirely different from the traditional design, the functionality remains the same.

  1. Bean Bag Lounge

Who says that bean bags are just for kids? Adults can also share in the fun. This bean bag design is not only meant for kid,s based on its size alone.

  1. 30-minute DIY Bean Bag Chair

This particular design should already be familiar to you. It is, after all, the inspiration for the guide in the early part of the article. As its name implies, this is a DIY bean bag chair you can make in just half an hour.