I made two little kids pretty happy this weekend by making them each a super comfy and fun rainbow bean bag chair. And I am happy to no longer have 5 ginormous bags of bag o' beans laying around the house.
I used the Adult-Sized Bean Bag Chair tutorial from the Michael Miller Fabrics blog as a guide for measurements and assembly, but instead of using cotton for the outer cover, I used ultra cuddle fabric. It's SO soft and perfect for this type of project.
A word of caution when working with this fabric, however. You get fuzz everywhere. I mean everywhere -- your clothes, your skin, the floor, up your nose. I even inhaled a little bit.
But, if you don't mind the clean up, the end result is so worth it.
I used all the same measurements and seam allowances as the tutorial, but because the ultra cuddle is a lot thicker than say a quilting cotton, I had to make some adjustments. I used a walking foot with looser tension and as long of a stitch length as my machine would allow. Even then, I had to practically pull the two layers of fabric through as I stitched.
For the appliques on top and bottom, I simply cut out a circle in the ultra cuddle and used a blanket stitch to sew it down.
The tutorial calls for a hidden velcro strip as a closure, which would have been great, but there was no way I was going to be able to sew through two layers of ultra cuddle, plus the velcro, so I opted for a zipper. I found a 30" zipper in the upholstery section at my local fabric store.
I don't mind that it is visible. If I were to make another, however, I think I would have used an even longer zipper if I could find one. It would just make it that much easier to remove the bean insert for laundering.
I was tired from cleaning up all that fuzz!