Bean Bag Chair - With Recycled Woodchips

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Make your very own Bean Bag Chair or what we like to call a Wood Chip Bag Chair!

Bags and bags of sawdust are produced by woodshops that usually just get composted/recycled/or even thrown out. Take that sawdust and transform it into something new.

Come on by to MakerLabs and we've got some sawdust for you :)

Step 1: Gather Materials

  • Woodchips (about 20 liters)
    • the 'floofier' the chips the better
    • make sure there are no splinters or slivers or anything that could poke you
  • Fabric (5' x 3' or a little over twice the size of your chair)
  • Garbage Bag
    • The toughest bag you can find, contractor garbage bags are a good way to go
  • Thread
  • Sewing Pins
  • Duct Tape

Step 2: Sewing

Fold your fabric in half, inside out.

*** This is where you can get creative. What shape do you want you chair to be?!

Pin it in place.

Sew the edges all around leaving about 6" to 1' free. ( The bigger the opening the easier for later )

Note: a more elegant solution is to sew in a zipper. (We chose the quick way since we made a dozen)

Flip it right-side out when you are done!

Step 3: Woodchips

Put the industrial strength garbage bag inside the fabric.

Then Fill up the garbage bag with woodchips. Putting just the right amount of woodchips inside is key. Too little and it doesn't provide much support, too much and your chair won't conform to the shape you want.

Duct tape the end, trying to keep the bulge as small as possible.

Step 4: Sew Up the Last Hole (or Zip It Up)

Sew up the last opening.

Or zip it up, if you went the zipper method.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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    mrwonton

    1 year ago

    I love beanbags! Kudos!

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    tomatoskins

    1 year ago

    What a great idea! I throw away wood shavings all the time. Great way to reuse them!