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
You will need
- 2 x 2m pieces of fabric in contrasting patterns or colours
- 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
- Cut two lengths of fabric measuring 1.2m x 1.8m.
- Place the outer side of each piece on top of each other.
- Fold the rectangle in half lengthways.
- Cut a curve into the one side of the rectangle, starting in the bottom folded corner, cutting in a gradient towards the open end.
- Unfold the rectangle.
- Sew along the two longer sides and the curve to join the two pieces of material. You should have one open end.
- Bring the two corners of the open end together, so the two seams you have just sewn meet.
- Sew the zip into this opening, making sure that the two seams are aligned to meet in the middle of the zip.
- Fill the beanbag as desired – the fuller it is, the firmer it will be.
- You can make a smaller beanbag by reducing the measurements, but keeping the dimensions the same.
- Choose regrind as a filling to reduce the environmental impact of your beanbag, as it reuses existing polystyrene.
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.