How to Make Your Own Beanbag

Beanbags offer a fun and functional furniture option for any living room, bedroom or games room. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles, beanbags are ideal for kids and grownups as well as the furry members of the family. Get crafty and create your very own beanbag cushion with our step-by-step guide…

What You’ll Need

Making your very own beanbag cushion is easy with the right materials and tools, all you need is a large sheet of fabric (preferably in a hardwearing material), tape measure, pins, zip, strong matching thread and beanbag filling, which can be purchased online or at any good textiles store. A steady hand and an eye for detail will also come in handy, especially when making those finishing touches to secure the beanbag filling inside.

Which Filling Should I Use?

There are four main types of filling that can be used in your DIY beanbag, each of which offers alternate levels of comfort. Polystyrene beads are perhaps the most common filling used by DIY beanbag makers and professional manufacturers. Also known as Styrofoam, this filling is a low cost option which easily adjusts to your body shape for increased comfort. Despite this filling being non-biodegradable, it is also available as recycled beads, which are usually made from plastic bottles for a more sustainable alternative.

Shredded foam is another popular filling for beanbags, despite the foam’s inability to conform to your body shape, it offers a durable option that springs back into shape after every use. The polystyrene beads and shredded foam has also been combined to form an innovative filling option, this filling provides the best of both worlds with durable and body hugging results. Natural fillings made from dried peas, popcorn seeds and uncooked rice can also be utilised.

5 Steps to DIY Beanbag Success
  1. Lay out the fabric and mark out the panels you need on the back – four oblong panels of equal length and width (one end of each panel should be slightly longer than the other) plus a small circle with a 29cm diameter and a bigger circle with a 63cm diameter are needed. Always cut slightly bigger sections than you need to leave enough room for stitching the seams.
  2. Next draw a line down the centre of your bigger circle of fabric to accommodate the length of your zip. Cut the centre of fabric to the length of your zip and pin this from the back of the fabric. Sew the zip into place using a double stitch for increased security.
  3. Take your panels of fabric and sew the long sides together from the inside, again with a double stitch. Once stitched these will form an inside out tube. Take your small circle and big circle with zipper and stitch these to either end of the tube, teaming the bigger circle of fabric with the wider end of the tube.
  4. Turn the bag right side out by pushing the whole tube through the open zip.
  5. Now time for the messy bit – adding the filling. Fill with your chosen filling to your desired comfort level. To finish, zip up the bag and relax!

Don’t want to do it yourself? Then author Rucomfy UK can help, they have over 30 years’ experience designing and manufacturing high quality beanbags.