How to make a bean bag chair pattern

Bean bag chairs provide casual and comfy seating. Children and teens especially love to sit in them while reading, watching TV or playing video games. They are pricey in a shop or online, but they can be made easily with your favourite fabric. Making the bean bag chair pattern just requires a few measurements and large pieces of paper. Once the pattern is complete, put the bean bag chair together.

Side pattern

Lay your paper on a table or hard floor.

Make a mark at the top with your pencil.

Measure 1.28 metres (50 1/2 inches) straight down from your first mark and make another mark.

Find the middle spot between the marks, and measure 26.25 cm (10 1/2 inches) on either side of that spot, making a mark in both place. If you were to draw lines between the marks, they would form a cross.

Draw a curved line from the top mark to the bottom mark, going through the mark on the left. The line should look like a large parenthesis. Repeat on the right side.

Measure 7.5 cm (3 inches) down from the top point and draw a small, shallow U-shaped line from the left pattern line to the right. The dip should be only 2.5 cm (1 inch) deep.

Measure 15 cm (6 inches) up from the bottom point and draw a small, shallow U-shaped line from the left pattern line to the right. The dip should be 3.75 cm (1 1/2 inches) deep.

Cut out the pattern piece, making sure to follow the U shapes and cutting off the points of the pattern.

Top pattern

Fold a large piece of paper in half.

Place a mark about halfway down the fold.

Place the end of the tape measure on the mark.

Measure out 13.75 cm (5 1/2 inches) from the mark on the fold, and draw an arc from the folded mark.

Cut out the pattern and unfold the paper. It should be a large circle.

Bottom pattern

Fold a large piece of paper in half.

Make a mark halfway down the folded edge.

Place the tape measure on the mark.

Measure 30 cm (12 inches) from the marked spot.

Draw an arc around the paper, 30 cm (12 inches) from the fold.

Cut out the circle.

Fold the circle in half.

Measure 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) from the fold on one side and draw a line parallel to the fold.

Cut along the line.

Throw away the smaller half of the circle and use the larger piece as the pattern piece. You will cut two pieces of fabric for this pattern piece, so that you can sew a zipper along the two straight edges. This will allow you to stuff the bean bag chair.


Reduce all measurements by around a third for a child-sized chair.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pieces of paper
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
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Rebekah Martin is a freelance writer and tutor. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Mississippi College. Martin teaches her young children at home and also teaches Sunday School to preschoolers.