Monday, 26 September 2011

Beanbag Slab (double opening)

I hadn't intended to make a bean bag cover today but the trail of little white balls suggested it might be a good idea. Actually I hadn't intended to own a bean bag in the first place. It was bought when my eldest daughter went to college, but it has turned out so useful that I can't do without it now.As well  as providing an extra seat it's the perfect size for propping yourself up to read in bed. If you are tempted to make a beanbag the zip allows you to top up the beads and the double opening means that even if someone fiddles with the zip the beads don't escape.I used a remnant of a fabric called 'Gabrielle' by globaltex.The pattern is here if you want to make one.

Beanbag Slab (double opening)
Outer Fabric Two main pieces( top and base) 26 inch(99cm) x 26 inch(99cm)
                     Four side pieces 26 inch(99cm) x 8 inches(18cm)
Inner fabric(not seen) Two pieces 9 inches(25cm) x (length of zip +2 inches(5cm))
Two zips about 9 inches(25cm) both the same length
Beanbag beans (enough to about 3/4 fill your beanbag)

   3/8 inch(1cm) allowance throughout
Inner bag

With right sides together join one zip edge leaving a gap in the centre the length of your zipper teeth + 3/8 inch (1cm)
Pin zip into place behind gap
Unless you're a lot better at putting in zips than I am tack down each side of the zip and remove pins(zip must be able to open)
Machine along each side of zip close to teeth(use a zipper foot if you have one)

  • If you haven't put in a zip before start with the zip closed. Machine from about 3/8 inch(1cm) before the closed end to about 2/3 of the way along zip.Leave needle in fabric. Raise machine foot. Open zip. Lower machine foot and continue sewing to about 3/8 inch(1cm) after end of zip. Move zipper foot across and repeat with other side.

Fold pieces right side together and stitch side seams
Fold 3/8 inch(1cm) of unstitched edge to wrong side and press fold
Keep inner bag right sides together

Outer bag
If your fabric looks likely to fray zigzag stitch round the edge of each piece
With right sides together join base and one side piece leaving a gap in the centre the length of your zipper teeth + 3/8 inch 1cm
Pin zip into place behind gap
Unless you're a lot better at putting in zips than I am tack down each side of the zip and remove pins(zip must be able to open)
Machine along each side of zip close to teeth(use a zipper foot if you have one)
With right sides together join each of the other side pieces to the remaining sides of the base
With right sides together join each of the  side pieces to the top piece
Join corner edges
Turn bag right side out
Slip stitch inner bag in place around zip. Keep a little way away from zipper teeth
Fill bag with beanbag beans do not overfill. When you think it's about 3/4 full close zips and test. If you overfill it will not give when you sit on it


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