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Fleece Projects Series: Fleece Bean Bag Chair

From tiny tots to teens, and even most adults, loads of people enjoy falling into the gentle and accepting throws of a fleece bean bag. Because of the material and the stuffing, a fleece bean bag is highly malleable, which means it will effortlessly shape to your body for the most comfortable lounging experience ever. Fleece is also soft and gentle on the skin, making the whole package deal one big stress relief. The fleece bean bag shape and size can be adapted to fit a child or an adult. Another benefit to this cozy chair is that it is lightweight. This means you can carry it to any room in the house easily. So if you are in the mood for a fun and easy craft that will yield results that you can snuggle up with, come along and learn how to make a bean bag chair today.

Here's what you'll need

Anywhere from 2.5-5 yards of material depending on the size bean bag that you want (for a child-size bean bag try about 2.5-3 and an adult's 3.5-5)

2 Zippers (one small zipper for the inner lining and one larger one for the outer case)

Filler including pellets, Styrofoam, plastic, or even packing peanuts. You ca also use material stuffing or even old clothing in a pinch (though it won't be as cushy).

Here's what to do

  1. Cut out a template from paper according to the following measurements- For an adult-sized chair: Length should be approximately 45" long, tapering from the top opening measuring about 5" wide to the bottom opening measuring about 15" wide. It should measure about 23" wide at its widest point (in the middle). For a kid-sized chair: Length should be approximately 38" long tapering from the bottom opening that is about 10" wide to the top opening about 4" wide. It should measure about 16" wide at its widest point (in the middle).
  2. To make a template for the two holes (one on top and one on bottom), simply take a piece of paper and fold it in half. Using a compass, make an arc measuring either 5.5" or 4.5" for the top hole and 12" or 10" for the bottom hole (larger figures for adult, smaller figures for kids' bean bag). Cut out the arc while paper is still folded so you end up with a full circle.
  3. Once you have all the templates ready, cut 6 panels from your long templates from fleece and 6 from your lining material. Cut 1 top pattern from fleece and 1 from lining and 2 bottom patterns from fleece and 2 from lining. Now you are ready to make your fleece bean bag.
  4. Right sides together, sew together all six of the side panels for the lining.
  5. Using a scissors cut the top panel in half. Attach the smaller zipper to either sides of the top panel, and sew top panel closed. Face down, sew the top panel to the smaller hole in the side panels.
  6. Turn the lining right side out and top stitch the bottom panel to the other opening.
  7. Next you're going to work on the fleece covering. Stitch the side panels together as with the lining, except leave one side open so that you have all six panels sewn together as one long sheet. Attach the larger zipper to close the gap.
  8. Open the zipper and sew the bottom and top panels onto their respective openings.
  9. Turn right side out and place the lining inside. Fill the lining with your chosen filler.
  10. Close zippers and have a ball.

Now that you know how to make a bean bag chair, here are a few tips to help you along the way:

You can make your bean bag chair interior from a basic cotton material and save the fleece for the cozy outer cover.

Zippers make for easy removal and re-stuffing. You'll be thankful for an easy removal method the first time you drop food onto your bean bag and you need to wash the outer case. And re-stuffing, especially for the foam pellets is an inevitability since they condense and shrink with time and usage.

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