Monday, August 27, 2012

Ultra Cuddle Bean Bag Chair

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.
And here is just one of us enjoying the new bean bag. I have to admit, I've had my fair share of relaxing on it and so has my husband.

I was tired from cleaning up all that fuzz!

3 comments:

  1. Those bean bags are awesome. Best quality bean bags and bean bags chairs that will blow our mind. Thank you for sharing valuable information.

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  2. the bean bag chairs are of very light weight and that can be easily moved anywhere. Hence the bean bag chairs will be ideal for those who love recreation in living rooms, which requires lots of moving around while playing games.

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