15 Best Bean Bag Chair Sewing Patterns (14 FREE!)

Today we’re sharing 15 of the best bean bag sewing patterns; almost all are free! We’ve covered many different styles of bean bags, including pyramid or cube-shaped ones, unique designs, and bean bags for dogs. At the end of the article, we also answered some of the most commonly asked questions about making your own bean bags at home.

Contents list:


 Pyramid bean bags:


Simple pyramid shaped bean bag chair (+ Video)

Read or watch tutorial now on Decor Hint  – FREE

  • Size: Approximately 16” x 40” (41 x 101 cm). The bean bag can be made larger or smaller.
  • Design: Large, pyramid shaped bean bag chair. Simple style and shape. Unlined with no closures.
  • Fabric: Medium to heavy weight woven fabrics like duck canvas, denim, cotton twill, gabardine, corduroy, cotton drill, or heavy velvet.
  • Format: There isn’t a pattern for this project, you’ll start from a large rectangle of fabric and follow the tutorial to make the necessary folds and cuts to get the final pattern piece.
  • Instructions: Illustrated instructions are included on the blog and there is an additional YouTube video tutorial available here.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes. I think this pattern could be suitable for a beginner since the shape is very simple to create and it mainly consists of sewing straight seams. Once the chair is filled with the filler beans, the gap is sewn up by machine so it’s very quick and beginner friendly.

Simple flat bean bag with zip closure and lining (+ Video)

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  • Size: Approximately 45” x 35” (114 x 89 cm). 
  • Design: Large, flat bean bag with pyramid shaped top. Fully lined. Zip closure. Panelled body, great for colour blocking or mixing and matching fabrics.
  • Fabric: Medium to heavy weight woven fabrics like duck canvas, denim, cotton twill, upholstery fabrics, corduroy, cotton drill, or heavy velvet.
  • Format: Measurements for cutting the fabric into the pattern pieces are included in the blog post.
  • Instructions: Instructions are included in the blog post, and there’s an additional video tutorial here.
  • Suitable for beginners? I think this pattern would best suit an advanced beginner with some sewing experience or an intermediate level sewist. The bean bag is reasonably simple to sew, but some experience would be helpful when handling the large amounts of fabric, sewing the lining, and inserting the zipper closure. 

Simple flat bean bag with pyramid top, insert, and ribbon tie closure

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  • Size: Approximately 35.5” x 57” (90 x 145 cm).
  • Design: Large flat bean bag with pyramid shaped top. Fully lined. Ribbon tie closures. Lined inner bean bag. Washable outer cover.
  • Fabric: Medium to heavy weight woven fabrics like duck canvas, denim, cotton twill, upholstery fabrics, corduroy, cotton drill, or heavy velvet.
  • Format: Measurements for cutting the fabric into the pattern pieces and instructions for the constructions are included in the blog post.
  • Suitable for beginners? Yes, I think a confident beginner with some sewing experience would enjoy making this beanbag. The instructions are clear and illustrated, and the bag is finished with simple ribbon ties which are easy to sew. I think this would be a good first bean bag pattern for a beginner to make.  

Simple flat bean bag with pyramid top and velcro closure

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  • Size: Approximately 47” x 71” (120 x 180 cm).
  • Design: Sturdy, pyramid shaped bean bag. Fully lined. Velcro closure. Hanging / pull loop at the tip of the pyramid.
  • Fabric: Medium to heavy weight woven fabrics like duck canvas, denim, cotton twill, upholstery fabrics, corduroy, cotton drill, or heavy velvet.
  • Format: Measurements for cutting the fabric into the pattern pieces and the instructions for sewing the bean bag are included in the video tutorial.
  • Suitable for beginners? I think this pattern would suit an advanced beginner to intermediate sewist. The video tutorial is clear and easy to follow, and the shape of the bean bag is fairly simple. A velcro closure is really simple to sew as well, involving only a few straight seams. A complete beginner might struggle with handling the amount of fabric involved, so some previous sewing experience would be an advantage.    

Kids’ pyramid bean bag with rounded bottom and color block detail

Read tutorial now on Project Nursery  – FREE

  • Size: Approximately 45” x 32” (114 x 81).
  • Design: Kids’ pyramid bean bag. Flat seat with rounded bottom edge. Pyramid top / back rest. Seamed top and bottom, which is great for color blocking. Zipper closure at the back.
  • Fabric: Medium to heavy weight woven fabrics like duck canvas, denim, cotton twill, upholstery fabrics, corduroy, cotton drill, or heavy velvet.
  • Format: Measurements for cutting the fabric into the pattern pieces and sewing instructions are included in the blog post.
  • Suitable for beginners? I think a confident beginner could sew this bean bag. The instructions are clear and the shape is simple with mainly straight seams to sew. Since the pattern does involve inserting a zipper closure and handling large amounts of fabric, some sewing experience would be an advantage.

Circle & giant “LoveSac” inspired bean bags:


“Rollie Pollie” circular kids’ bean bag chairs in two sizes

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  • Size: Two sizes.
    • Small: 38 x 38” (96.5 x 96.5 cm).
    • Large: 50 x 50” (127 x 127 cm).
  • Design: Circular kids’ bean bags in two sizes. Sewn in four sections. Hanging/pull loop. Zipper closure. Optional lining.
  • Fabric: Medium to heavy weight woven fabrics like duck canvas, denim, cotton twill, upholstery fabrics, corduroy, cotton drill, or heavy velvet.
  • Format: PDF digital download in print-at-home A4 / US letter sizes. Instructions are included. 
  • Suitable for beginners? No, I think a complete beginner would struggle sewing this pattern. The pattern pieces are quite large and difficult to handle, and sewing the curves and inserting a zipper would be tricky for a beginner. Some previous experience would definitely be helpful.

Giant lined circular bean bag chair with straight walls and zipper closure

Read tutorial now on So Much to Make  – FREE

  • Size: Circumference of the top circle: 170” (432 cm). Radius of the top circle: 27” (69 cm). Height: 32” (81 cm).
  • Design: Giant bean bag with circular top and straight sides / walls. Zip closure. Inner lining. 
  • Fabric: Medium to heavy weight woven fabrics like duck canvas, denim, cotton twill, upholstery fabrics, corduroy, cotton drill, or heavy velvet.
  • Format: Measurements for cutting the fabric into the pattern pieces and sewing instructions are included in the blog post.
  • Suitable for beginners? No, I think this bean bag would best suit an intermediate sewist. This project requires very large amounts of fabric, which can be tricky for a beginner to handle. Creating the lining, sewing the side walls onto the circular top, and sewing the zipper closure can also be challenging for a beginner. 

Giant cylindrical bean bag / sofa with velcro closure

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  • Size: The author includes measurements for a few sizes, but the recommended measurements are 8’ (244 cm) long with a diameter of 3” (91 cm).
  • Design: Large cylinder-shaped bean bag sofa/bed. Fully lined. Velcro closure.
  • Fabric: Medium to heavy weight woven fabrics like duck canvas, denim, cotton twill, upholstery fabrics, corduroy, cotton drill, or heavy velvet.
  • Format: Measurements for cutting each panel pattern piece and written and illustrated instructions are included in the blog.
  • Suitable for beginners? No, I think this pattern would be best suited to an intermediate to advanced sewist. Due to the size of the bean bag sofa, there’s a lot of heavyweight fabric to handle which a beginner might struggle with. Sewing the cylinder shape would also be difficult for someone with little or no sewing experience.

Rectangle bean bags:


Large 3D box shaped bean bag with zipper closure (+ Video)

Watch tutorial now on Makers Gonna Learn  – FREE

  • Size: 45” x 26” x 26” (114 x 66 x 66 cm) Size can be adapted to your own preference.
  • Design: Large, box shaped bean bag chair. Large enough for two people. Zipper closure.
  • Fabric: Medium to heavy weight woven fabrics like duck canvas, denim, cotton twill, upholstery fabrics, corduroy, cotton drill, or heavy velvet.
  • Format: Measurements for cutting the fabric into the pattern pieces and sewing instructions are included in the video tutorial.
  • Suitable for beginners? This pattern is suitable for an advanced beginner or an intermediate sewist. The design is simple, involving only a few straight seams, but the video is very short and fast paced. A complete beginner would likely struggle with wrapping their head around the constructions steps and inserting the zipper.

Outdoor bean bag chair with L-shaped rectangular body

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  • Size:  31.5” x 25.5” x 10” (80 x 65 x 25 cm).
  • Design: Large outdoor beanbag. 3D L-shaped body with back support. Unlined. 
  • Fabric: Medium to heavy weight woven fabrics that are suitable for outdoor use, like duck canvas, upholstery fabrics, oilskin, or waxed canvas. You can also use other suitable fabrics like denim or velvet for making an indoor version.
  • Format: Measurements for cutting each panel pattern piece and written instructions are included in the download. 
  • Suitable for beginners? No, I think this pattern would be best suited to an intermediate to advanced sewist. The pattern pieces that are involved are large and the 3D shape could be difficult to create. The instructions that are provided are very sparse and vague, so some prior sewing knowledge is assumed.

Flat rectangular bean bag with insert, zipper closure and piped edges

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  • Size: 43” x 33” (110 x 85 cm).
  • Design: Flat, rectangular bean bag. Piped edges. Zipper closure. Separate insert.
  • Fabric: Medium to heavy weight woven fabrics like duck canvas, denim, cotton twill, upholstery fabrics, corduroy, cotton drill, or heavy velvet.
  • Format: Measurements for cutting the pattern pieces and fully illustrated instructions are included in the blog post.
  • Suitable for beginners? No. I think this pattern would best suit an intermediate sewist. There are some parts of the sewing process that a beginner would find difficult, such as sewing the piping detail and inserting the zip. Some previous sewing experience would be very helpful here. You can omit the piping for a simpler project. 

Square / cube bean bags


Giant square bean bag with boxed corners

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  • Size: Approx. 6’ x 6’ (183 x 183 cm).
  • Design: Giant, square shaped bean bag with boxed corner. Underfilled to create a softer, rounded appearance. No lining, insert, or closure.
  • Fabric: Two 6 by 9 foot canvas drop cloths are suggested. You can also use a medium to heavy weight woven fabric like duck canvas, denim, cotton twill, upholstery fabrics, corduroy, cotton drill, or heavy velvet.
  • Format: Measurements for folding and cutting each pattern piece and fully illustrated instructions are included in the blog.
  • Suitable for beginners? I think this pattern would suit an advanced beginner. Sewing the boxed corners is the trickiest part of this project, but a confident beginner could tackle it. This bean bag has no inserts, linings, or tricky closures, so it’s a relatively simple and easy project. 

Large cube shaped bean bag with patchwork design

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  • Size: 27 ½” x 27 ½” x 27 ½”(69 x 69 x 69 cm).
  • Design: Large cube shaped bean bag. Patchwork design. Unlined.
  • Fabric: Quilting cotton is suggested, but other medium to heavy weight woven fabrics like duck canvas, denim, cotton twill, upholstery fabrics, corduroy, cotton drill, or heavy velvet can also be used.
  • Format: Measurements for cutting the patchwork strips / pattern pieces and sewing instructions are included in the downloadable. There are minimal illustrations.
  • Suitable for beginners? I think this pattern would suit an advanced beginner with some patchworking experience. The design of the cube is fairly simple but constructing the blocks and sewing them into a 3D shape could be difficult for a complete beginner with no previous sewing experience.

Unique bean bag designs:


Large oval shaped bean bag with football appliqué design (+ Video)

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  • Size: Approximately 45″ x 20” (114 x 51 cm).
  • Design: Large oval shaped beanbag. Football appliqué design. Unlined.
  • Fabric: Medium to heavy weight woven fabrics in a brown color to match a football. For example, duck canvas, denim, cotton twill, upholstery fabrics, corduroy, cotton drill, or heavy velvet.
  • Format: Measurements for cutting the fabric and instructions for construction are included in the blog post and the embedded video tutorial. 
  • Suitable for beginners? The sections of the beanbag are glued together rather than sewn so a confident crafter could have a go at this tutorial. The pattern pieces are quite large, so it might be tricky for a beginner to handle. You can also choose to sew the pieces together rather than glue them for a slightly more advanced project with better, more durable results. 

DIY dog / pet bean bag:


Large round bean bag bed with straight sides for dogs and cats

Read tutorial now on Erine Rickson – FREE

  • Size: Diameter: 26” (66 cm). Height: 9” (23 cm).
  • Design: Large, round bean bag bed for dogs and cats. Straight sides / walls with a circular bottom and top. Unlined.
  • Fabric: Medium weight fleece, polar fleece, or sherpa.
  • Format: Measurements for cutting the pattern pieces and illustrated instructions are provided in the blog post. 
  • Suitable for beginners? I think an advanced, confident beginner could make this pattern. Some sewing experience would definitely be helpful when sewing around the circle, but the instructions are clear and fleece is an easy fabric to work with. 

Quick Q&A’s:


How much fabric do I need for a bean bag?

Depending on the size of the beanbag you are making, 1.5 – 3 yards of fabric will usually suffice. For larger styles, you’ll need around 5-7 yards of fabric. 

Is it cheaper to make a bean bag?

Some of the patterns listed compare the cost to make against the cost to purchase a similar beanbag. It will almost always be cheaper to make a beanbag since salvaged and repurposed fabrics can be used. For example, old bedsheets or old curtains. Scraps of fabrics can also be used to make a patchwork design. However, filling materials like poly beads or cut up sponge filling can be expensive to purchase new.

How do you make a bean bag from scratch? (brief overview of the process)

When making a beanbag, the most usual process is to sew the sides together first to form the outer shape. The top and bottom are then attached to form the 3D shape. If the bean bag has a zipper or velcro closure, this will usually be sewn into the bottom of the beanbag. 

What is the best fabric to use for a bean bag?

Beanbags will usually be subject to a lot of wear and tear so a hardwearing, medium to heavy weight woven fabric is usually the best type of fabric to use. You’ll also want to use a fabric with more structure than drape so that the finished bean bag can hold its shape.

What is the best filling for a bean bag? 

Polystyrene balls are often used to fill bean bags, but shredded foam or even the filling from pillows can also be used.

What is the cheapest way to fill a bean bag?

The cheapest way to fill a beanbag is to use repurposed materials such as foam or the filling from old cushions or pillows.

How do I know how much filling / stuffing I need for a bean bag?

The amount required is usually provided in the pattern. Fillings are usually bought by weight.

What size to make bean bags?

Depending on who will be using the beanbag, you will need to consider the amount of space to be able to sit comfortably with some surrounding support. Taking the measurement of another beanbag or a sofa cushion can be helpful with this.



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This article was written by Sally Gauntlett, and edited by Nisan Aktürk.

Sally Gauntlett (author)
Sally started sewing as a child. In 2008, she started a handmade business selling personalized gifts and homeware. She then became a sewing content creator, sharing her makes on Youtube and Instagram. Read more…