My small child has inherited my old beanbag. And at twenty years old it’s done me (and her) well. But at twenty years old it’s starting to look a bit tired, the seams are coming apart and the zip is broken (which means that we’re finding little polystyrene beans all over the place).
I decided it was time to get it recovered and trawled the internet looking for either a new beanbag or a replacement cover for it and I was shocked by just how expensive they are. So I decided to have a go at making one myself.
I think my words at the time were “How difficult can it be?” (Hahahaha, those are fateful words if ever there was some!)
There are plenty of tutorials on the internet to make new beanbag covers in all sorts of shapes and sizes but I went with this one from The Linen Cupboard, it’s nice and simple, lots of pictures and even better a PDF pattern that I could print out.
I commenced my plotting.
So the last time I was in IKEA I picked up a few metres of fabric (which she picked out herself) and last week I had an afternoon where I wasn’t in work and the small child was in nursery so I decided to crack on with the project.
I did the same with the bottom as well, which I velcro’d rather than zipped. (We shall not talk about me sewing one of the velcro pieces to the wrong side of the material leaving me to rip all the stitches out and do it again. At least I realised before I’d sewn it to the rest of the beanbag).
And it’s got the definite seal of approval from the small child who won’t sit on anything else now. And I have enough material left to make another one for her too.
I thought The Linen Cupboard’s tutorial was really very easy to follow, even though I did end up with a slight excess of material (which worked out really well in the end to be honest).