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I made a bean bag!

Updated: Apr 8

Blue graphic print bean bag chair sitting in corner of child's room

My son has really got into reading in the last 6 months, so I wanted to create a cosy reading space in his room for him. A bean bag was in order!

I presented my son with some of my patterns which I had adjusted to be in his favourite colours and he picked this fun geometric pattern.

Graphic print fabric with clear ruler and fabric roller

II had the design printed on 2 metres of Cypress Cotton Canvas fabric through Spoonflower. It's a nice heavy weight at 360gsm.

I researched various methods for making a bean bag, and liked the style and ease of instructions from Jill Sparks on eHow to make a pyramid shaped bean bag. There aren't any pattern pieces to print out and it's pretty flexible. Cypress Cotton Canvas is 142cm wide so I used the whole amount. I used a plain navy cotton poplin in a wide width from Spotlight for the inner bag and cut it to be a couple of centimetres smaller than the outer bag pieces. Rather than using fabric scraps to fill the bean bag as suggested in the instructions, I used bean bag beans to fill it and added a zip to the inner bag too so more beans could be added later if needed.

It was all pretty easy and quick to put together. If you're not confident with zippers you could always use velcro as an alternative too.

I like that the pyramid shape gives support for your head and am pretty happy with the end result. Now I have FOMO and want to make one for myself too 😂.

If you're keen to make one also, be sure to check out the range of Loopla fabrics at Spoonflower and Digital Fabrics.

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