How to Make a Beanbag Chair

Item # X-HT-300675

Looking for a stylish accent piece? This beanbag chair is the perfect seating option for a variety of spaces, and it pulls double duty in the style department. It's casual enough for a cozy night in, but chic enough to be the centerpiece of your entertaining space. At 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide, it's a pretty large item to sew — but there's no reason to feel intimidated. This is an easy weekend project that only requires a handful of tools and materials. You'll have so much fun making your own beanbag, you won't believe how fast the time flies by!

This blog includes a downloadable pattern for beanbag

For our beanbag, we used an indoor upholstery fabric from Crypton® Home Fabrics. Crypton fabrics are known for their durability while remaining incredibly soft and luxurious. Designed with proprietary stain- and odor-resistant technology, Crypton fabrics can handle anything you throw at them. Kids, pets, spills — nothing is too messy for Crypton. We like Crypton because it’s a dependable, worry-free fabric that can keep up with an active lifestyle. And with hundreds of fabrics on the Sailrite® website in a range of colors, textures and designs, there’s a Crypton Home fabric for you!

Instead of beans or fiberfill, we stuffed our beanbag with 1-inch cubes of CushionRite® Standard foam. The high-quality firm foam is supportive, ensuring that our beanbag will stand up to years of use and still be comfortable. And to give the chair some extra cushion and keep it from looking lumpy, we attached batting to the wrong sides of our fabric panels before we sewed them together.

We'll teach you how to fill a bean bag chair with foam cubes.
Foam cubes make the beanbag supportive without being lumpy.

You deserve the best of both worlds in comfort and style from your projects. This DIY beanbag fits that bill perfectly. At home in a living room, dorm, office, kids' playroom, reading nook and more, this beanbag will become the favorite seat in any space. And with the free downloadable beanbag pattern linked below the video, it's never been easier for you to DIY the best seat in the house! Watch the video now to learn how to make a beanbag.

Materials List:

  • 6 yds. Crypton® Home Piper Sapphire 54" Fabric (#122653)
  • 3 sheets 48" x 80" CushionRite® Standard Antimicrobial Foam (Firm), 1" thickness (#124229-1-4880)
  • 6 yds. Polyester Batting 55", 1/4" thickness (#124305)
  • 3M™ Foam Fast 74 CA Spray Adhesive Low VOC 19 oz. (#123600)

Tools List:

  • Sailrite® Cordless Rotary Cutter (#124044)
  • Clear Acrylic Ruler 6" x 24" (#102400)
  • Flexible Curve 20" With Ruler (#123117)
  • Sailrite® Blade Foam Saw V2 with Carrying Case (#121244)
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LS Walking Foot Sewing Machine (110V) (#311502)
  • Speed Reduction Upgrade With Manual Operation for Ultrafeed® LS & LSZ (#123372) (Optional)
  • Upholstery & Home Décor Package for Ultrafeed® LS (#123362) (Optional)
  • Marking tool of choice
  • Hand sewing needle of choice
Our cushions and beanbag are made with a Crypton upholstery fabric.
Make ottomans and a floor cushion to match your beanbag!

Now that you know how much fun this beginner upholstery project is, are you ready to tackle another one? You're in luck! This beanbag is the last project in our Crypton Cushion Collab series. Use the other videos in this four-part series to make a round ottoman, a square ottoman and an oversized floor cushion to go with your beanbag. Click here to view the complete series. Happy sewing!