In 1968, Italian designers Francisco Teodoro, Cesare Paolini and Piero Gatti decided to challenge the furniture industry by constructing something completely different from the usual boring armchairs and sofas…
They came up with the idea of filling a PVC bag with water. The innovative idea was liked by the industrialist Aurelio Zanotta, who suggested replacing the film with a soft cloth, and water with foam filler… The thing turned out to be so simple and ingenious at the same time that it immediately became megapopular.
As soon as bag chair not called: a bob chair, a pear chair, a frameless chair, Big Ben, a pillow chair … Its essence remains unchanged - to give comfort. With instructions from "With your own hands" you can easily get this by sewing it yourself!
DIY bean bag
Manufacturing technology frameless chair quite simple, anyone who had to wield a needle can handle it.
YOU WILL NEED
- 2.5 x 1.4 m fabric for the inner cover (thick enough and good stretch)
- 2.5 x 1.4 m fabric for the outer cover (thick cotton, velor, upholstery fabric, imitation leather are suitable)
- 200-300 liters of expanded polystyrene (filling in the form of foam balls)
- 1 zip fastener 50 cm for inner cover
- 1 zipper 100 cm for outer cover
- strong threads
- paper for building patterns (old wallpaper or newspaper will do)
- 2 Velcro straps 10 cm long (for fastening the covers together)
- Build pattern… A standard beanbag chair consists of 6 wedges, 2 round or hexagonal pieces (the upper one is larger, the lower one is smaller) and a handle. The look of the chair will not change much depending on whether the bottom is round or hexagonal.
- Transfer the pattern to the cloth and cut out all the details, not forgetting the seam allowances (1–1.5 cm).
- Sew the inner cover first, joining the gussets. In the last seam of the lice zipper smaller.
- Sew the bottom, for convenience, having previously attached it with pins to the wedges.
Sew the outer cover in the same way. Sew 2 Velcro to the inside of the top, and sew on the handle on the outside. It is simple to make it: cut a rectangle out of the fabric, fold it in half with the wrong side up, stitch along the edge and turn it inside out.
- When the 2 covers are ready, you can refill the bag expanded polystyrene… A very crucial moment, since small balls tend to crumble and stick to all surfaces, and it is extremely difficult to collect them! plastic bottle (you get something like a funnel) and slowly fill in the filler, filling the bag by 2/3 of the volume. You can make a paper funnel. After filling the bag, close the zipper.
Put on the outer cover, connect the Velcro. Fasten the zipper and enjoy the wonderful DIY chair!
The embodiment of comfort and coziness! Downright pleasure for the back and lower back, and for a pregnant tummy - generally an irreplaceable thing. True, over time, you will need to add more filler to keep the chair in shape.