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How to Make a Bean Bag Chair Full Guide of 2023

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Beanbags are some of the nicest, most comfortable and versatile furniture you can have. hey can add a pop of color to almost any room, be it your living room, bedroom or playroom.

Beanbags, with their perfect shape, almost invite you to lounge and take a break, but they are super easy to make!

Here’s a step-by-step guide to making a beanbag chair that’s fun, easy, and inexpensive, for all your lounge needs.

DIY Bean Bag Chair Materials


For a sturdy beanbag, the amount of fabric you need depends on your desired beanbag size.

A beanbag that is large enough for adults has a diameter of about 50 inches. o make a smaller beanbag for children and toddlers, you can reduce it to about 30 inches.

Because a beanbag comprises a top, bottom and side, needs about 1.5 meters by 5 meters of fabric for an adult beanbag.

You can also choose to double the covers of a beanbag. One would be an inner layer for the beanbag filling and another would be for the outer cover of the beanbag.

If toddlers mainly used your beanbag. This can be a good idea to ensure that the beanbag does not tear, especially if you use a filling that can be harmful if ingested.

bean bag chair pattern

If you choose to use an inner and outer fabric for your beanbag, simply make this pattern twice and add about 15cm extra to the edges of all your fabric cutouts.

In addition, you need twice as much fabric, with a few centimeters more.


Your zipper should be approx. be 48 inches long for a 50 inch diameter beanbag.

When making a beanbag for kids, you can choose to use a zipper that will to prevent accidents.

Bean Bag Filling

here are many fillings for beanbags that you can easily buy online and in craft stores.

o save money, you can also use alternatives, such as packing peanuts. Just make sure it’s not the type that shrinks in water, in case someone spills a drink on the beanbag.

As an extra precaution, make sure the pellets are non-toxic, especially if children are around.

How to make a beanbag

he step for making a beanbag is quick and easy.

he following instructions are for a basic pattern for a beanbag, but you can do them easily adapt to make them simpler or smarter.

Creating Your Bag

o make a bean bag chair pattern. First measure the radius you want for your beanbag.

As mentioned before, you need to make a minimum diameter of 50 inch or 30 inch radius for a child size beanbag.

diy bean bag chair

o determine the radius of your beanbag, divide the diameter in half. hen make a circle and cut out two of these circles. You will need four circles if you want to make an inner lining for your beanbag.

he second thing you should cut out is the rectangular pattern that you would draw the side of the beanbag needed. o make these rectangles, measure at least 87 by 52 inches and make two cutouts from this pattern (four if you have an inner sleeve.)

Assembling the first half of the bag

o assemble the beanbag, first attach the rectangle to the circle and then de bottom rectangle.

o sew these pieces, it’s a good idea to use a zigzag stitch (to create more flexibility) and go through them again with a straight stitch.

o make sure your beanbag stays intact, try to make your stitches small and regular so they don’t tear easily.

Add the zipper

Before closing the stitch completely, uY1vc5NVddsYwork on the wrong side of the fabric. hen sew the zipper on one end of the beanbag.

Make sure the zipper is at least 3/4 opene off the road, turn your beanbag upside down. hen add your beanbag filling. If you’re working with the type that expands, work fast.

Sew the other half

With the zipper intact, add the other circle pattern and attach the remaining sides. Again, use a zigzag stitch and a straight stitch to attach these pieces.

Here is a video with more details on how to make a beanbag.


And you’re done! his simple step-by-step guide to making your own beanbags can .

You could use it to make beanbags that resemble fun shapes, such as one that resembles on a pyramid or a cube!

You can even add handles to the side of your beanbag, which is very useful for those with a bigger shape!

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Mutasim is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a site dedicated to those passionate about crafting. With years of experience and research under his belt, he sought to create a platform where he could share his knowledge and skills with others who shared his interests.