Another beanbag!

7 Jan

I made a beanbag for my nephew for Christmas 2016 and he and his sister have so much fun playing with it that their mum asked if my neice could get her very own this Christmas. Yes!!!

These are so fun to make, from finding fabric (Goldhawk Road again) to cutting all the curves to pouring the beans in and seeing it become properly 3D (and watching the kids immediately start jumping on it)!

The tutorial from Reese Dixon is great, my only additions (not even changes) are:

  • I use 50cm zips and extend them to the ~150cm needed using a matching fabric to subtly insert it as an extra (thin) panel (like in this purse tutorial) the same length as the others.
  • I use scrap fabric (e.g. old bed sheet) to make an inside beanbag cover so the pretty outside cover can be washed – or changed when the kid’s preferences do!
  • I buy 3 cubic feet of beans, for about £6

I am a very slow sewer, and it took me maybe three evenings. It’s not much cheaper than buying a basic one (say £15 for 3m of outside fabric, a few quid for a bed sheet, £6 for beans, and £5 for zips and thread … comes to about £30) but is excellent value for being able to choose exactly what you want out of the pattern!

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5 Responses to “Another beanbag!”

  1. jamiejabber 08/01/2018 at 05:43 #

    This is amazing! I definitely want to try this!

    • Creative Saturdays 08/01/2018 at 19:27 #

      Thank you! You should definitely try it, it’s such good fun and really satisfying. The big zip is important for not dropping beans everywhere like I did last time whooops.

      Let me know how it goes when you make yours!

  2. sewchet 09/01/2018 at 17:20 #

    I made a dog one for my boys with floppy ears and protruding legs a few years ago. They had so much fun with it, I can just imagine your niece and nephew on theirs!

    • Creative Saturdays 09/01/2018 at 20:33 #

      That sounds amazing!! I bet they really loved it, it is so unique and fun

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