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★ How To Make Bean Bags, Pillow Chairs & Floor Cushions | Sew Your Own Furniture | Craft Tutorials ★

Updated on February 16, 2016

DIY Casual & Comfy Floor Seating

This page lists inspiration and tutorials for lots of floor seating options including beanbags, poufs, ottomans and floor pillows. These are brilliant items to make and sew yourself, and they come in particularly useful if you need extra seating quickly.

These kinds of floor seating are also perfect for those who don't have the room or money for substantial extra furniture - for instance, beanbags are ideal for students heading off to live on their own at college or university.

And the biggest plus point is that you can let your imagination go wild and create any shape and size of seating you like, and of course you can use fabric to exactly match your current décor - yay!

Beanbags and other large pillows usually have an inner bag which contains the filling material, then a removeable outer bag which is made of the quality fabric which will be visible. The types of filling you can use for beanbags and large pillows include polystyrene beans, genuine beans, fabric scraps, foam (shredded), and, if you're feeling green, you can also recycle old sweaters or polystyrene food trays.

I hope you find this page useful, and I hope it helps you create some super comfy and super funky furniture!

Flannel Floor Cushions

For more photos and to see how to make these cushions, click here.

Photo and product by Michelle Engel Bencsko.

Best Beanbag & Cushion Making Products

There are minimal 'ingredients' needed to make your own beanbag, but you will require a sewing machine unless you want to be hand sewing all year!

Apart from that, all you really need is fabric (both for the outer and most likely the interior bag too), and filling (traditional beans, plastic pellets or foam). You can also add a velcro or zipper opening if you wish.

Bean Products Shredded Foam Fill - 5 LBs - All New Recycled Refill for Bean Bags, Pet Beds, Pillows. Made in USA
Bean Products Shredded Foam Fill - 5 LBs - All New Recycled Refill for Bean Bags, Pet Beds, Pillows. Made in USA
Eco-friendly recycled foam pieces for stuffing various seating projects to make them extra comfy.

DIY Ruffle Pouf


Camera Beanbag Support

Rob suggests using beans, sand or bird seed inside a zip-lock bag, which is then placed in the bag case.
Rob suggests using beans, sand or bird seed inside a zip-lock bag, which is then placed in the bag case. | Source

How To Make A Large Beanbag Pillow

You will need:

* 2 rectangles of outer fabric measuring 50" x 70"

The most popular type of fabric for this would be medium-weight cotton, but really this is up to you. Most fabrics would work, although you will want it to be durable so don't choose anything lightweight.

* 2 rectangles of muslin (or other cheap, light and non-stretchy material) measuring 50" x 70"

* Beanbag pellets/beans

* 50" length of Velcro (of both the fluffy and the spiky sides)

* Sewing machine

* Needle & thread

* Pins

* Iron

* Funnel (optional)

First make the outer bag:

- Place the 2 pieces of outer fabric together with the 'right' sides touching and the 'wrong' (reverse) sides facing outwards.

- Make sure they are perfectly aligned and pin around the edges.

- Sew along 3 sides with straight stitches, as shown in the diagram, securing the thread with back (reinforcing) stitches at the start and the end. Use a 1/2" seam allowance - so the stitches are 1/2" from the fabric edge.

- Use an iron to press the seams to one side so they all lie flat on one side of the bag. You can cut squares out of the seams at the 2 corners (making sure not to cut too near to the stitching) in order to make it easier to fold, and also to remove some bulk.

- Turn the bag the right side out and topstitch 1/4" away from the seam join, on the side that the seams have been pressed onto. This will mean that you will be sewing through the double-layered seam on the inside as well as the outer fabric. Topstitching makes the fabric join stronger, and you can add a second line of topstitching too (created by sewing in the opposite direction to the first line of topstitching) if you wish.

- Turn the bag inside out again and sew the Velcro strips onto either side of the open edge.

Then make the inner bag:

- Start making this bag the same way as the outer bag, with 2 rectangles of fabric pinned together, except this time the fabric is muslin.

- When it comes to sewing, straight stitch with a 1/2" seam alowance around the outside, leaving about 5" of one edge open (as shown in the diagram). If, however, you don't have a funnel to feed the beanbag pellets into the bag, you will need the whole of this one edge left open (same as with the outer bag).

- Topstitching can then be done as before, or you can simply sew another line of straight stitches outside the one you've just sewn, making the second line of stitches at most 1/4" away from the first, on the side closest to the fabric edge.

- Turn this inner bag the right way out and use a funnel (or any other means) to add the beanbag pellets so that the bag is filled to your satisfaction.

- You can stitch 2 lines across the opening then (making sure there are no pellets in the way) to secure the bag closed. Or you could use a needle and thread if the hole is quite small.

- To finish simply turn the outer bag the right way out and place the inner bag inside it. Close the opening with the Velcro and it's finished!

TIP: With this type of rectangle floor pillow, you can sit on it as normal or, for a higher seat, you can turn it on it's side and sit astride it.

Giant Beanbag


Poufs Galore!

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Premier Prints Suzani, Yard, Summerland/Natural
Premier Prints Suzani, Yard, Summerland/Natural
The exterior fabric is what will be on show, so you can match it to your home decor and choose from really lovely prints like this one. Upholstery fabric is best for shaped beanbags, ottomans and floor cushions because it is strong.

How to Sew a Bean Bag - Plus Video Tutorials on Making Floor Cushions

Stylish Beanbags


Top-Rated Beanbags To Buy

If you don't want to make your own beanbag, or you just don't have the time, there are some awesome designs that you can buy in a huge range of sizes and colors.

Globe Beanbag


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    • Charito1962 profile image

      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I once had a beanbag that bore a hole when my son jumped on it. I sure miss it..ha, ha!

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      Angela Hobbs 

      6 years ago from The TARDIS

      OMG they look so comfy, I want what that guy is sprawled all over in the pic up there ^

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas, I love this type of "furniture".

    • JeffGilbert profile image


      7 years ago

      Bean bag chairs are very comfortable, although i would not try making one. Great lens!

    • SianaL profile image


      7 years ago

      I love bean bag chairs!

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      7 years ago

      Interesting and well crafted lens. Thanks.

    • Lemming13 profile image


      7 years ago

      I was looking for some ideas for new seating in my kids' rooms, and this has given me loads of inspiration - thanks!

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      7 years ago

      My boyfriend decided we should get rid of the couch and loveseat... I'm considering making an adult size 'kid sofa' now, thanks to your lens. Thank you!

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      7 years ago

      Love those giant bean bags! Although you would really need a lot of space!

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      8 years ago

      I was looking for bean bags!

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      Ryan Will 

      8 years ago

      I am trying to find new furniture for my kids room; thanks for the ideas.

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      smarthomes lm 

      8 years ago

      Great lens, i just LOVE the camera bag idea. Have you ever checked out a home show. I got sooo many ideas for the home that are easy diy's . Home Show

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      8 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      8 years ago

      Great ideas. My grandchildren like to sit on two things, Grandpa's recliner and bean bag chairs.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing!

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      8 years ago

      Such a stylish bean bags. Especially love Poufs Galore Photos. I could almost eat any of them ;D Or maybe it would be enough to admire them...

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      RobertCAshford LM 

      8 years ago

      I remember making these for party games and again as sandbags for GI Joes. There are infinite possibilities for bean bags. Mummy Crafts links to a site full of bean bag games. If you have kids, you owe it to them to make bean bags!

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      8 years ago

      I love bean bags! Thanks for the article. I've written a similar article:

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      8 years ago

      bean bags are the best :)

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      9 years ago

      i love bean bags! i want one in my room!!!!


      get the perfect DIY conservatory to improve the look and feel of your home!

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      9 years ago

      Wow, they look great! Really comfortable and trendy.


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