DIY: How to Make a Bean Bag

Remember what I said from my last post? When I said I’m going to make some changes in my blog? Well, this DIY post will be the first of them. I love arts and crafts and I enjoy making do-it-yourself projects so I thought I’d share my creations with you. I’m not an expert on anything, but I hope that you’ll learn something from them.

I plan to do this regularly, like once a week. However, I hope that work and other chores will not get in the way from my crafting something. So anyway, let’s begin, shall we?

Since we’ve moved back to Cebu City from Palawan, Josh and I are living in a granny flat right next to my parent’s house. Yes, technically, we live with my family. And since Josh is still studying (but he’ll graduate this October. So, yey!), and we’re saving for a new flat which we’ll move in after the down payment has been fully paid, we’ll have to live here for a while.

Our room is so small that we don’t have enough space for chairs to sit on. So, one Sunday while at our ward clerk’s office, we happen to see a bag of shredded paper. Josh sat on it and found it to be comfortable. That’s when the light bulb flicked on. We decided to make a bean bag out of it so we can have something to sit on in our room. Of course, we waited for several months before fresh batches of bags of shredded paper  were delivered before we can make a bean bag. Well, that time has finally come and we did it. We made the bean bag.

Ta-da!

Here’s how we did it:
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1. Make a pattern for the shape of the bean bag. Ours is round in shape because we’re practically amateurs when it comes to sewing. We used Crafty Gemini’s child-sized bean bag pattern for the reason that it was easier than the others we found on the internet. Maybe when we amp our skills to the next level, we’ll make a burger-shaped bean bag. But I digress.

2. We traced the pattern on to a fabric. You can choose any fabric you like. We got ours from my mom’s collection. By the way, the pattern is just half the size of its shape so you’ll need to fold the cloth half its length and then fold side ways before tracing the pattern. Make 12 pieces of them because you’ll need six for the inner bag (for the filling) and six for the outer covering.

3. Once they are all cut, sew them up, starting with the inner bag. Sew each fabric together but leave a small opening in the last cloth because that’s where you’ll put the fillings in.

4. It’s time to fill it up. This part is the tricky one because we had to manually scoop the paper into interior bag using a plastic container. So if you’re smart enough, don’t do it unless you have all the time in the world and if you have help to do it. We were wiser with the second bean bag.

We put a hole on the container we used and filled the bag that way.
5. In closing the inner bag, you can either sew it permanently or sew buttons on the opening so you can re-open and re-fill the bag. Josh sewed our bag shut with his own hands. I don’t know why but he did it anyway.

6. Sew the outer bag together. Similar to #3, leave an opening in the last two fabric. This is where you will sew in the buttons or a cloth magic tape. We used the latter as it’s the only one we can find in mom’s sewing kit. Sew each magic tape’s piece on each end of the cloth for closure.

7. Place the filled interior bag into the bag, and viola! You’re done. We finished the first bean bag in a couple of hours but the second one was a breeze.

 

1st bean bag
2nd bean bag

 

Out of four large bags of shredded paper, we were able to make two bean bags. The other one is smaller because we’re giving it to Clara, a cute friend, who happens to be ten or something. It’s our two-month-late birthday gift for her. ^_^

And that’s how you make a bean bag. Hope you’ll enjoy it. If you have any questions, just leave a comment below.

Got to go.

Happy Sabbath, Everyone!!!

 
*Photos were taken using my Android phone. 

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