How to Make a Beanbag Chair

The beanbag chair: where practicality and ergonomics meet. Make your own with these tips.


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All you need is a needle, thread, some fabric, and these step by step instructions to start sewing.


You Will Need

  • 8 ½ yds. fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • 12" zipper
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • 1 ½' of Velcro
  • Paper-towel tube
  • 18 cubic ft. beanbag filler


  1. Step 1

    Prepare the fabric

    Prepare the fabric. Measure and cut two circles with 3-foot diameters and three 3- by 3-foot squares. Then, cut a 1½- by 1 ½-foot square.

  2. Experiment with different fabrics to make beanbags that complement any room.

  3. Step 2

    Start the fill hole

    Cut a foot long slit in the center of one of the 3-foot square panel. Pin the zipper over the opening and sew it into place.

  4. Step 3

    Sew the inner flap

    Center the 1½-foot piece over the zipper on the inside of the 3-foot panel. Then pin and sew it into place on three sides.

  5. Step 4

    Attach the Velcro

    Sew Velcro along the opening between the 1½-foot square and the 3-foot square.

  6. Step 5

    Sew the squares together

    Pin and sew the two 3-foot squares without zippers together along one edge, forming a 3- by 6-foot rectangle. Sew the remaining 3-foot square to a short side of the rectangle.

  7. Step 6

    Finish sewing

    Sew the short ends of the rectangle together, forming a tube. Turn the cylinder inside out, and sew the round pieces on either end. Go over each of the seams again for added strength.

  8. Step 7

    Fill it and enjoy!

    Pull the beanbag through the filling hole so it's right side out. Then, using a paper-towel tube as funnel, pour the "beans" into the bag until it's roughly 80 percent full. Seal the Velcro, zip the zipper, and relax on your new beanbag chair!

  9. New York City's Museum of Modern Art has a beanbag chair designed in 1968 in its permanent collection.