Step 1: Cut out the fabric pieces matching the pattern if there is one. The fabric I used had a definite pattern which required using more fabric than if I had used a solid in order to match the pattern. There was a lot of waste. Be sure to label each piece to keep all the parts going in the same direction. I used a small arrow in the lower left hand corner of each piece & labeled the top with the word ‘top’ in the same corner. I labeled the bottom with 19” so I knew which was the longer side.
Step 2: Fold the bottom piece in half (the 22” side), press, pin. Draw a chalk line 1” from the folded edge to mark the stitching line. Using a basting (or long stitch) sew the seam. Cut on the fold. Press open. Insert zipper using either the lapped or centered method. I used the lapped method.
Step 3: Match up side seam pieces, pin, mark 1/2” from the top & bottom of the seam, & stitch the sides together, starting & stopping 1/2” from the edge. Press.
Step 4: Sew the top & bottom pieces to the sides. Even through I worked to match the pattern, I was successful matching only one side of the top with one of the sides. Oh, well.
Attaching the bottom & the top is a little tricky. Hold the pouf so you are able to see the side seam stitching. This is where stopping & starting 1/2” from the edge pays off in helping to make perfect corners. Match the top edges of the side piece & top piece making sure to keep the other side of the seam allowance out of the line of stitching. Stitch, using a 1/2” starting & stopping at the side seam stitching. Do not stitch all the way to the edge. Do the same for the remaining top & bottom edges. it takes a bit of time, but it does produce great corners.
When finished, turn the pouf inside out (this is made much easier if you have remembered to leave the zipper open before sewing on the top & bottom—oops). Press the top & bottom seams towards the middle & the side seams all going in the same direction. Don’t press the seams open.
Step 5: Go outside with the bean bag chair, hope that it has a liner inside that bag keeping all the styrofoam pellets contained, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t! Well, my bean bag did NOT have a liner so I carefully transferred the pellets into old pillowcases. (Be sure to clean up throughly as these pellets are not good for the environment or wildlife.) I stitched up the pillowcases to keep the pellets contained.
Step 6: Stuff. I added two of the three bags of pellets to the pouf & then added handfuls of polyfil to the corners & up the sides. I added the last bag & filled in with more polyfil to fill in any holes. Zip it up & you’re done. Once I’m sure it doesn’t need any more filling I will stitch the zipper closed so that little toddler hands don’t unzip & un-stuff the whole thing!
Steph & Vicki
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