Make the ultimate bean bag chair with basic sewing skills and in under an hour. If you have a kid or two a bean bag chair is the perfect play or lounge area accessory. My 12-year-old son has perfected the art of lounging. He enjoys reading and gaming and can use this comfortable bean-bag chair for both. The sumo style bean bag chair can be used in multiple ways. The kids have made up names for the way the Fatboy style chairs are sat in. The bags are actually filled with polystyrene pellets, making the chair light-weight and moldable. You can adjust the size to make either a child-size or adult-size bean bag chair. Mine is a tween size. Not quite as big as the regular Fatboy and not as small as the Fatboy Junior. My kids are in love with cuddle fabric and if you don’t know what it is you are missing out! The first time Shannon fabrics sent me some to work with my kids begged me to make things for their use. It is so soft and silky.
Materials for Fatboy Inspired bean bag chair:
- (size 60 x 45 x 10) Affiliate links below. I make a tiny commission if you purchase the supplies.
- Cuddle fabric 60” 2.5 yards Dark Lime (use length of selvage edge for seam allowance)
- Fairfield Processing – Poly-Fil Bean bag filler 4-5 bags
- Extrawide double folded bias tape
Tools for Fatboy Inspired bean bag chair:
Scissors, sewing machine, straight pins, thread in a coordinating color, plastic cup and duck tape
Instructions for Fatboy Inspired bean bag chair:
- Sew bias tape along the longest shortest edges to help keep its shape since cuddle fabric is stretchy and has lots of give. Fold right sides together and sew the two edges with bias tape together to form a tube.
- Sew bottom selvage edge closed and sew top selvage edge closed leaving an opening for funnel.
- Cut bottom of a plastic cup to use as funnel. Cut a corner of plastic bag.
- Use duck tape to hold cup in place.
- Pour Poly-fil beans into opening. Repeat until bag is desired fullness. 5 bags were used for this size.
I found the best way to fill add the Poly-Fil bean bag was to create a funnel. You could use a plastic cup, a paper towel tube or something similar.
Fairfield Processing and Shannon fabrics both sent me the products to use for this project.