Making Beanbag Cushions


Darcey got a gorgeous teepee for her birthday, it’s great inside but our floor is a bit hard to sit on. I decided to make some beanbag cushions for us to sit on inside. I’m not a great seamstress and this was not that hard to do at all.

What you need

I went to Dunelm and bought this purple spotty fabric that would go with the purple flowers on the teepee. I made circular cushions that were 45 cm in diameter and 10 cm deep.

  • 1.5m of fabric in length by 1.35m in width (this was the roll width)
  • Bean bag beans
  • Thread & Pins
  • Sewing machine

Cutting the fabric

I lay my fabric with the right sides together to cut out the circles. In order to get a good circle I measured 22.5cm of string and held one end in the centre. The other end I attached to a pencil and simply drew a circle pivoting around the centre. I then cut out both pieces of fabric together. This gave me my base and top of the cushion. To get the edge I cut a 15cm wide x 135cm long strip.

Cutting out the fabric.

Cutting out the fabric.

Sewing the fabric

It isn’t the easiest thing to pin a circular piece to a straight edge but this didn’t need to be perfect. With the right sides together I pinned the base to the sides.

Pinning the base to the side.

Pinning the base to the side.

I then ran this through the sewing machine and repeated with the top of the fabric.

Pinning the top to the side

Pinning the top to the side

I was left with an opening down the edge of the side, I used this to turn the fabric round the right way. This is also where I was able to fill the cushion with beans.

Side opening

Side opening

To make this easier I simply rolled up some paper to create a funnel and asked my son to help hold this in place whilst I poured in the beans. We didn’t make too much mess doing it this way.

Filling the beanbag cushion

Filling the beanbag cushion

Once I had filled the cushion with beans I had to sew shut the opening. This could be done by hand to make and invisible seam however as the cotton matched the fabric well I simply put the edge through the sewing machine.

Final seam

There we have it a little bean bag cushion for a little bum.

beanbag cushion

Thanks for my comfy seat mummy.

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  • Reply Chloe Ciliberto

    These are absolutely fabulous!! I really want to make some cushion covers for Evie’s room, because I can never see styles I like in shops but know I can get the fabric. You’ve really inspired me to do some making. x
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    January 12, 2017 at 11:16 pm
  • Reply Alina

    Super cute and seems straight forward to do. Thanks for the guide 🙂
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    January 9, 2017 at 5:33 pm
  • Reply BloggerMummyLauren

    Oh wow, great little cushions! I really need to learn ho to sew so I can start making things like this!
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    January 8, 2017 at 11:52 pm
  • Reply Kerry Norris

    Well done you. This looks lovely. So pretty. I can’t sew at all though. So shameful I know. I need to learn x

    January 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply ChelseaMamma

    These are so cute, I am afraid my sewing skills are terrible though
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    January 8, 2017 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Anosa

    They are lovely, wish I had seen this post last year! The bean bags you buy to go with the tipees are so expensive, thanks for this it will make a lot of parents vey happy!

    January 7, 2017 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Laura Clark

    These are absolutely adorable, and perfectly sized for little ones! x Also, I love that tee pee in the first photo xx
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    January 7, 2017 at 7:39 am
    • Reply Lisa

      Thanks Laura, the teepee is from the Great Little Trading Company x

      January 7, 2017 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Emma

    These are amazing, I’ve never been good at sewing so find it amazing when other people make things like this.

    January 6, 2017 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    Aw wow, these look awesome! Perfect for little Darcey to get comfy on.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂 x

    January 6, 2017 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    Those are so pretty – they really set off your den! That’s a great tip with the funnel too – I’m so lacking in common sense I’d never have thought of that and just made a terrible mess!

    January 6, 2017 at 8:26 am
    • Reply Lisa

      I made her a huge bean bag before and made a big mess!

      January 6, 2017 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    Awww how cute are those, and they look very comfy too! They look perfect for tents and dens.

    January 6, 2017 at 8:20 am
    • Reply Lisa

      Thanks Jenni I’m really pleased they came out so well x

      January 6, 2017 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Lyndsey O'Halloran

    These look lovely! I wish I could make more

    January 5, 2017 at 11:51 pm
  • Reply Sophie's Nursery

    I love these they are so sweet! Just the right size for a toddler bottom 😀 Sophie loves sitting and reading in her dens, this would make the perfect addition x

    January 5, 2017 at 7:16 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      Thanks Lauren, we can sit on them whilst trying out some of the fab activities on your blog x

      January 6, 2017 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Deborah Nicholas

    Oh these are so cute and look very comfy!
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    January 5, 2017 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply motherhoodtherealdeal

    Ah what a lovely idea – you little looks so comfy on that. Thanks for the tutorial! x
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    January 5, 2017 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Rhian Westbury

    These are so adorable, I never thought about making your own beanbag cushions. To be honest I didn’t even know you could buy the bean bag bits. Such an adorable teepee though x

    January 5, 2017 at 11:20 am
    • Reply Lisa

      Thanks I love the teepee and she loves crawling in and out of it.

      January 6, 2017 at 9:35 am
  • Reply Nell

    I’ve made some square ones in the past. The round ones look adorable!
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    January 5, 2017 at 10:12 am
    • Reply Lisa

      I was wondering why I picked round when I was pinning them together but it wasn’t too much more effort.

      January 6, 2017 at 9:36 am

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