Make a Fatboy Inspired bean bag chair

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.The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.

Giant Bean Bag Chair DIY

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.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Sew bottom selvage edge closed and sew top selvage edge closed leaving an opening for funnel.
  3. Cut bottom of a plastic cup to use as funnel. Cut a corner of plastic bag.
  4. Use duck tape to hold cup in place.
  5. Pour Poly-fil beans into opening.  Repeat until bag is desired fullness.  5 bags were used for this size.

Poly-Fill bean bag chair filler

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.

how to fill a bean bag funnel

Fairfield Processing and Shannon fabrics both sent me the products to use for this project.



12 thoughts on “Make a Fatboy Inspired bean bag chair

  1. I truly love the bean bag chairs, but as a person who is metabolically-challenged, I am extremely offended by your project title, and the term, “Fatboy”. You really could have used kinder wording for your “inspiration” titling.

  2. Dee,
    Sorry you’re offended by the title. As Steph, so kindly pointed out it is the name of the brand that inspired the project.

  3. My teens would love a giant bean bag like this. I’ll have to definitely give this a try since I don’t want to spend the big $$$ for the ones online.

      1. Fairfield sells a 2 1/2 lbs. bag of Poly-fil for $38.99. Do we need 4-5 bags of this size to make the chair that you made?

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