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How to make a bean bag chair for adults

How to make a bean bag chair for adults

For adults, creating a bean bag chair is a fantastic hobby. They are enjoyable to construct and use since you can modify them to match your taste and environment. Large fabric bags filled with beans or grains are the simplest material to use when creating a bean bag chair.

This saggy DIY bean bag chair is perfect for curling up with a nice book or unwinding as you watch your favorite programs. It’s a perfect size for adults and teenagers, is easy to sew, and has just flat stitches.

Canvas drop cloths are a durable, affordable fabric alternative that also allows for customization. You may either leave the cloth simple and add a few bright throw pillows or you can paint or sew decorations on it.

Bean bag chairs often utilize polystyrene beads as filling; however, for this project, we advise using shredded foam, which is more frequently used in bean bags that resemble large floor cushions. Although soft and spongy, it yet offers strong support.

Keep reading for the following guidelines.

What you’ll require

Resources / ToolsMaterials
1Pencil /NeedleUpholstery or waxed Perle cotton thread
2Sewing device30 pounds of shredded foam
3Long yardstick or ruler2 canvas drop cloths measuring 6 feet by 9 feet each.


Step 1: Cut the drop cloths.

To cut the drop cloth into a square, fold one corner over to the other edge. Cut the square with scissors by going along the edge you turned down. Utilize a second drop cloth and reapply.

Step 2: To sew the drop cloths, pin them.

The right sides of the two drop cloth layers should be pinned simultaneously. Mark a 15-inch opening on one side so it may be left unstitched. The Squares Are Sewn Using Pins Together.

The stitch margin should be one inch as you stitch around the square. Remove the pins while sewing. Remember to backstitch starting and finishing, leaving a 15-inch hole. Then, stitch once again around the shape, this time 1/4 inch from the initial seam and 3/4 inch from the edge.


It’s all right if the drop cloths aren’t quite square or even. Because of how accommodating this task is, it will still work even if the edges are unequal, and you’ll have completed margins on various sides of the cloth.

Step 3: Box the Corners

Open the cloth at every corner, then fold it in half so the two side stitches meet. Now that the square has been folded, the stitches should be centered and originating from the center of the opposing sides.

On each side, measure and mark 18 inches from the corner. Mark an angled line from the two noted locations using a long quilting ruler or yardstick. By cutting along the highlighted line, round the corner.

To strengthen the cut edges, pin and stitch them together twice as you did the perimeter of the border. To strengthen that stitching, you should also backstitch throughout the seam in the middle.

Turn the bean bag over onto its right side after trimming and stitching all four corners.

Step 4: stuffed bean bag chair

The shredded foam should be put inside the bean bag. It helps to perform this with two individuals so that one person can hold the bean bag opening while the other inserts the foam into the bag. Use just enough foam to make the chair cozy; it shouldn’t be overstuffed.

Step 5: Seam the Opening Shut

Close the opening by tucking the seam allowance under and sewing. This can be automated, however, handling the loaded bean bag might be difficult. Hand-sewing the opening with robust stitches is significantly simpler.

Use extra-strong upholstery thread or Perle cotton that has been beeswaxed to stitch over the opening with a slip stitch. To prevent the foam from escaping, make sure the stitches are tiny. Follow your threads with a little overcast stitch across the sewn seam to increase security even more.


Follow all of these instructions, but build the bean bag out of old sheets if you want the outside to be detachable. Put that into the bean bag. Make the bags outside the same size, but add a zipper and a 24-inch opening so you can take out the contents and wash the cover.


Q: What is the best shape for a bean bag?

Ans: The form of a bean bag is pears: If a bean bag will be moved about to different locations, it is preferable to use a pear-shaped (Game, Play) or comparable model with a handle (Razzy, Razz, Roll) so that you can pick it up and transport it with ease.

Q: How much weight person can sit on a bean bag?

Ans: A person weighing 90 to 100 kg can utilize a bean bag that is already loaded with beans.

Bottom Line

A bean bag chair can be made in a day and is a simple and enjoyable DIY. A sewing machine, fabric, and other materials will be needed, but the outcome will be worthwhile.

These seats are cozy and ideal for unwinding. They also make wonderful presents for loved ones and friends. So, gather your supplies and start right away. With the help of the above guidelines, you can make your bean bag easily.

Written By

Robert Anthony is a true bean bag chair expert. With years of experience and a deep knowledge of the ins and outs of bean bag chair design and construction, Robert is the go-to source for all things bean bag. He runs a popular blog where he shares his insights and advice on choosing the best bean bag chairs for comfort, style, and durability. Whether you're a seasoned bean bag chair fan or new to the world of bean bag seating, Robert's blog is the perfect resource for anyone looking to learn more about these comfortable and versatile seating options.

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