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DIY Bean Bag PillowThis sewing tutorial is definitely something a beginner can tackle, it covers basic shapes, and the bean bag fill is something you can find in a hobby or craft store.
How to sew a basic pillowCan you sew straight lines? excellent, you can sew a pillow. All you need is a sewing machine, a fabric wheel, and a cutting mat. I chose Retro mid-century Scandinavian minimal design by Little Smile Makers and Abstract Emerald Forest cord Cube by Bruxa Magica. I opted for Celosia Velvet because its great for upholstery, enhances colours, and will be supple and soft for June’s playtime.
Flip the fabric inside out so that the patterned sides are touching.HOT TOP: If you line-up the blue arrows, the design will line-up. By flipping it inside out, if you need to make any marks or your work surface is dirty, you won’t blemish the design side. It also means your seams will be hidden inside the pillow.
Start by cutting the fabric and deciding on the size.With 1 yard of fabric I was able to sew a 22″ x 22″ pillow. I folded the fabric in half, and measured 23″ on each side before trimming.
Start sewing the pillowBecause you folded the fabric in half, one side of your pillow is already sewn. Hooray! Time to sew the other 3. Make sure you sew with the designs inside out. If you cut the fabric at 23″, you have an extra inch for seam allowance. DO NOT COMPLETELY SEW THE 3RD SIDE CLOSED. You’ll use that hole to flip the pillow right side out, and then add the bean bag fill before closing the remaining gap.
Filling your DIY bean bagI found a big bag of bean bag fill at our local fabric store. It was 27$ for a GIANT bag that could probably fill an actual bean bag. It served me well with my two big pillows, and there’s plenty left over. I recommend using a cup and a funnel, because by hand it’ll take forever.
Closing your bean bag pillowOnce the bag is full, you can stitch it up by hand or using your sewing machine. I didn’t overfill the pillows, so I was able to use the machine. You can add tassels or pom poms to the corners, but I left them plain for now. She’ll likely start sucking on them, and I want one less thing to clean, or worry about a chocking hazard with an errant strand of wool.
Bean Bag Floor PillowSince these will live on the floor, I wanted JB to test them out! She seems to be enjoying herself on the floor in the master. I can’t wait to move everything into the nursery once it’s done. Look at that smile! Someone’s a happy bug! Don’t forget to check out the other participants’ updates!
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