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« on: October 27, 2009 09:39:36 PM »

So thanks to an earlier post that directed me to the Threadbangers "Decor It Yourself" tute on how to make a beanbag, I have wanted to make one. The table I like to study at is *just* far enough away that it is a nuisance to sit on the bed and lean forward and high enough that it isn't practical to sit on the floor. The solution? Buy a cheap fleece blanket, cut it up, stuff it, and sit on it!

The Threadbangers tute, which involved making a lining and creating pieces that came together like the pieces of a baseball, asked for a little more motivation than I had; I just wanted a lump to sit on! So instead, I just cut the blanket into two circles and a rectangle to make more of a cylinder shaped beanbag. I stuffed it with styrofoam beads from a leaky old beanbag and a ton of fabric scraps. It's super comfy and just the right size, even if it is a bit plain.

Pics! (please excuse my messy floor)

I in my lack of experience chose to use white thread in a zigzag stitch, thinking that 1) the stitching wouldn't show and 2) I should allow the fabric to stretch some. You can see that the stitching is clearly visible, but you know what? I kind of like the effect, so I'll go with it. Hope you liked it, and thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2009 09:55:52 AM »

Awesome! I can imagine that would get super-warm after a while of sitting on it, though. Regular beanbags are warm enough! Love the cylinder idea, though, can double as an ottoman or pillow.

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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2010 09:39:29 PM »

I love it!  I foster kitties, and these would be wonderful little places for the babies to lay.  I'm sure they'd love them.  Thanks for the great idea!

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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2010 10:03:29 PM »

Great Job!!!

I have been thinking of making little beanbag chairs for my littles... just afraid my dogs (one still a pup at 8mo old) would tear them up, that would be a HUGE mess.
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2010 12:42:54 AM »

Thanks for your comments! For all of you, my one piece of advice would be to not use stretchy fleece. >.> After some good use, some of the stitching tore out from the stress. I just bought some old Lion King bedsheets that I'm planning on using instead...whenever I get around to it...

But yeah. Choose a somewhat sturdier fabric than stretch fleece. And having the lining is really a great idea if you want to actually be able to clean the beanbag.

« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2010 07:30:56 PM »

Awesome job! I was totally eying that tutorial the other day. I'm going off to college soon and I want a bean bag chair but they can get so expensive. But I think you've given me the inspiration to try this for myself.

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