We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How do I Choose the Best Bean Bag Chair Patterns?

By Anna B. Smith
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGEEK is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGEEK, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The best bean bag chair patterns contain full sized templates and photographed step by step instructions. Full sized templates eliminate the possibility for error that can occur when scaled panels must be increased or drawn by hand. Detailed photographs are valuable for explaining new or difficult terminology. They also show how the project should look during each phase of construction. Crafters should make sure the pattern they have selected will produce the size chair they desire before purchasing any project materials.

Creating a soft, plush chair at home can be a cost effective alternative to purchasing this piece of furniture in a store. This type of project requires an intermediate level of skill in sewing as well as a machine and some fabric working supplies. Bean bag chair patterns are available in fabric and craft stores and are generally sold separately from the materials required for the exterior lining and pellets which are used as filling. These patterns may also be found for free online.

Crafters may choose to sew bean bag chairs in any size for small children, teens, and adults. They can eliminate multiple pattern choices by determining what size finished product they wish. Small chairs typically require three yards (2.74 meters) of material to complete the exterior, while medium to large chairs require five yards (4.57 meters) or more. Some patterns may contain templates for multiple sizes by outlining additional panels inside of larger ones. Crafters can use tracing paper to make the appropriate panels, and use one pattern for many projects.

Bean bag chair patterns should contain a full sized set of templates which will be used in the construction of the chair. Most bean bag chairs are made of several panels that are gathered at the top and bottom and stitched along the sides. They come together similarly to the pieces of a peeled orange rind. Templates which are provided in a smaller scale than will be used in the project, or not at all and only described in dimensions, are difficult to use and often create a project which fails to sew together evenly in the end. Full sizes templates eliminate the potential for error that otherwise can occur.

Crafters who sew only occasionally should look for bean bag chair patterns with step by step instructions that have accompanying photographs. Pictures can often make clear instructions that are confusing and use terminology that may not be familiar to the reader. They also help the crafter identify where mistakes may be creeping into the project.

WiseGEEK is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

By anon158550 — On Mar 07, 2011

I am a capable seamstress and it seems pretty straight forward to make a bean bag. Not sure how much time it would actually take me, but I may try it. I think I would have to make sure that I have all materials on hand first before beginning though.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.