I was super-psyched when I received an email from a Girl Scout Troop leader, inquiring about the beanbags with removable covers
that I had made for my nephew for his birthday. She was interested in making them as a project for her Troop to donate to shelters, and asked if I would be willing to send some instructions. So I took some photos and wrote up some instructions, and decided to post the tutorial!
You can download a PDF of this tutorial from my website.
Step 1: Materials & supplies
You can get the supplies for these beanbags at your local craft store, except probably the “organic” fillers (beans/rice/lentils) but you can buy those in bulk an a grocery store. You can also buy the plastic pellets in bulk online if you plan to make a lot of these. Quilter’s cotton fabric quarters and fat quarters work great for these, or if you can find some cotton prints in the remnant bin at the fabric store. This is also a great way to use up those small scraps!
* unbleached muslin, or any other inexpensive or scrap fabric
* pattern or solid color fabric for the removable cover
* contrasting/matching/accenting fabric for backside of cover (optional)
* wide satin/general crafting ribbon (optional)
* iron-on or sew-on hook-&-loop [Velcro] (optional)
* filler material: lentils, navy beans, rice, or plastic pellets
* 1/4 cup dry measuring cup
* funnel large enough for filler to flow through
* sewing machine, plus needle for hand sewing
* ruler, marking utensil and scissors [or] measuring/cutting mat and rotary cutter