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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Back to the Bean Bag....

OK. Enough fooling around. I decided that it would be better to make another chair and take photos, rather than hunt the old one up. It didn't match Tessie's decor anyway.

I opted for the fatter one this time. Here's how it went.

I "fussy cut", as quilters call it, the fabric so that the circle pattern of dots came in the widest part of the panel. Very Op Art.

I cut out each piece with a seam allowance. I marked the seam line with a pencil, on the wrong side of the fabric, so that I would have an accurate match.

I pinned the side pieces together, one at a time and sewed them all into a tube.

Then I sewed the bottom panel in place, matching sides and corners.

I usually leave one of the bottom panels open for filling. This time I tried sewing them all together and leaving the top open for filling to see what would happen. I definitely like doing it the bottom way better. The top is more easily fit into place if you do it first and sew all of the sides.

When I finished the bottom, I used a funnel and filled it through the top. I used salt. We can get away with that here. I would recommend sand for anyone that lives in a damper climate.

Next, I pinned the top piece in place and hand stitched it all around with a blind stitch.

Tessie helped by pulling out the pins as needed. She only poked me once, when she thought I wasn't finishing it fast enough.

I wrestled the pins away from her and finished the last stitches.

She wiggled her butt around in it and got comfy. Approval was granted.

She had Zar drag it up to the second floor of the townhouse, with the promise that he could have the privilege of being only the second one to try it out. Of course she stipulated....."You may only sit in it for three minutes. I wouldn't want you to conform to your body and have to start all over."

Zar took me aside and requested one for the Clockwork cottage. He says it's very Steampunk to be sitting on Styrofoam pellets. I am not following his train of thought. I think he just got comfortable in it and wants one of his own, whether it fits into the Steampunk decor or not.

I guess I could find some clockwork fabric to make it fit in.

These are one of those things that, once you get started on, you cant stop. They are fast and fun.

I am going to have to go get some sand or salt. I have the feeling that everyone is going to want one.

See you tomorrow.


Debbie said...

Thanks for the Tutorial Casey. Zar looks very comfy.. xx

rosanna said...

Tomorrow I'll have a try. I still have to stay at home 1 day and I want to make the best profit out of it :o)Thank you again Rosanna

Pity said...

Muchas gracias por el tutorial!!!


Lisette said...

That`s very nice beanbag!!

Alafosca said...

Thanks! I'll have to try it out :)

miniacollection said...

Thank you for the tutorial. The result is great and looks very comfortable.

Ana Anselmo said...

love your bean bag, I have been thinking to make one in mini for a long time, I got some real scale patterns....but now, seeing yours, Ialso want to have one of those!!!
hugs from Portugal

Evelien said...

Thank you for the tutorial! Your bean bag looks great and I'm sure Zar fell for the comfortable sit!

groetjes Evelien

Wendy Luane Barber said...

I am so going to have to make a bean bag. My list of mini projects is growing thanks to you.

Love you tutorials and your creative team.

dale said...

This is the first time I have ever seen a mini bean bag chair.

Cool! :)

elis said...

Your bean bag is wonderful!!! Thanks for the tutorial.