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Making a Bean Bag Chair

Bean bag chairs have been around for decades. These comfortable lounge about chairs can be cheaper to make than they are to buy. This is a guide about making a bean bag chair.


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November 9, 2001 Flag

I would like to make some beanbags for my grandchildren. Real beans did not work well with their parents (they got wet!). What is available now for "stuffing" and where can I buy it?

By Annie

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November 27, 20010 found this helpful

I use sand to stuff mine with. Make sure your stitches are as small as possible.

- Mary

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January 25, 20020 found this helpful

Try using aquarium gravel. It's clean and won't be affected by water.

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March 13, 20020 found this helpful

Try using long grain rice to fill bean bags. Rice gives it enough weight to through but not too much weight that even a young child can use it. Also if the seam does happen to break open and the child playing with them still had the habit of putting things in their mouth the risk of chocking on the rice is very slim. It is an inexpencive substitute to beans. Rice can be washed in the washing machine just remember to wash in cold water and let air dry.

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November 20, 20040 found this helpful

Wouldn't aquarium gravel be sharp?

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July 1, 20080 found this helpful

If you use rice or beans, put them into a plastic bag first. It would have to be the cheap sandwich bag without the ziplock feature. Close it with a tight yarn wrap, not a rubberband (they deteriorate). Or seal it with a proper adhesive.

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April 16, 2009 Flag

I am looking for a free bean bag chair pattern to download.


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Anonymous Flag
April 19, 20090 found this helpful

http://www.alte  .com/beanbag.htm

http://www.budg  /crafts/fcp2.htm

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November 2, 2006 Flag

Is it possible to make your own bean bag chairs?

Carol from Lancaster, PA

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November 2, 20060 found this helpful

Here are a few links, Carol.

http://www.budg  /Crafts/fcp2.htm

http://www.sewy  bag/beanbag.html

These are free, and all I did was go to and enter "free pattern for bean bag chair."

There's are a lot of great free patterns out there!


Rose Anne

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