We show you how to make a giant beanbag for your toddler

Posted on August 1st, 2018

Whether it’s a sentimental addition to the nursery or a special place to sit in the family room, a giant beanbag is always
a hit for little, and big, kids alike. By Marianne McDonald

We show you how to make a giant beanbag for your toddler

You will need

  • 2 x 2m pieces of fabric in contrasting patterns or colours
  • Scissors
  • 2 x 250-litre bags of beanbag filling or polystyrene (you can order this online by searching for suppliers in your area and can choose regrind or virgin beads)
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins

ALSO SEE: Make your own snake cot bumper


  1. Cut two lengths of fabric measuring 1.2m x 1.8m.
  2. Place the outer side of each piece on top of each other.
  3. Fold the rectangle in half lengthways.
  4. Cut a curve into the one side of the rectangle, starting in the bottom folded corner, cutting in a gradient towards the open end.
  5. Unfold the rectangle.
  6. Sew along the two longer sides and the curve to join the two pieces of material. You should have one open end.
  7. Bring the two corners of the open end together, so the two seams you have just sewn meet.
  8. Sew the zip into this opening, making sure that the two seams are aligned to meet in the middle of the zip.
  9. Fill the beanbag as desired – the fuller it is, the firmer it will be.

Top tips

  1. You can make a smaller beanbag by reducing the measurements, but keeping the dimensions the same.
  2. Choose regrind as a filling to reduce the environmental impact of your beanbag, as it reuses existing polystyrene.

About Marianne McDonald

Marianne is a freelance content creator and copy editor. She has been part of the Living and Loving team in various capacities over the last six years, but since becoming a mom to a boisterous boy, she has found a special interest in parenting issues including discipline, education and early childhood development. When not running after, and negotiating with, her three-year-old, you’ll find her experimenting in the kitchen.