otomi print bean bag chair | DIY

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I’d like to introduce you to the chicest bean bag chairs EVER.
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I’ve been wanting to make the kids some bean bag chairs for what feels like ages.  I’ve never come across any in the stores that are good enough – large, neutral non-cartoon themed, and sinkable.  I say sinkable because a lot of them are more like poufs, which are great for a footstool or quick spot to sit, but I wanted something that you could really fall into and have it come up around you.
I spotted this otomi print stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils and this bean bag pattern and knew I had found my perfect bean bag!
For the fabric I used a 9×12 painters drop cloth for each bean bag (half will be used for the insert and half for the outer slipcover).  For the paint I used plain white flat interior paint.  I used a roller since I was covering such a large surface.  When rolling paint onto fabric it can be tricky since it moves around on you a lot.  Luckily, since this pattern has so much going on it is pretty forgiving.
Once everything was sewn using Dana’s pattern (I went with the larger of the two pattern sizes), I filled each bean bag inset with two Bag of Beans Bean Bag Filler that I picked up at Bed Bath and Beyond.  I can’t find them on their site any longer, but they had them in stores for $15/bag.  I spent $12/bag with a coupon.  UPDATE:  I can’t find them in Bed Bath and Beyond stores anymore, but they sell them online as two bags for $37.99.  You can also find individual bags for $15.69 on Amazon here. 
I am so in love with these things!!!  The kids are too.  Actually, they’re WAY more excited about them than I expected.  Not a day goes by that they aren’t playing around in them.
They even have a handle so they can easily be moved around.  I can be found with one slung over each shoulder carrying an iPad and drink up the stairs.  Now THAT’S convenient!
And a zipper for easy slipcover removal for cleaning.
But honestly, my favorite thing about them is that they look so great!  No neon colors or characters pasted all over them.  They blend in perfectly with the other things in the house.  Ahhhh….
When the kids go to bed, I make a run for them.  They really are that comfy.
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Check out my other projects using Cutting Edge Stencils – DIY bone inlay mirror and my mom’s shimmery trellis wall.
Are you a bean bag lover?  It totally reminds me of being a kid and being super jealous of all of my friends that had them :D*************************************

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  1. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Avatar

    these are awesome! i want bean bag chairs for the playroom- LOVE these!

  2. Julia | Pawleys Island Posh Avatar

    I always love your projects but this one I REALLY LOVE!!!! I have been wanting to try this since last year when I saw my girl Brooke Chamblee make over he boys' bean bag chairs but I haven't wanted to spend the money on good fabric. This is such a genius compromise. I'm all over it!!!! Of course, my mom or mother in law will also need to be enthused so I can get them to do the sewing. I'm guessing heat bond or super glue won't hold… 🙂

  3. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door Avatar

    That is SO cute. I'd use that fabric everywhere in my house – genius idea to use the stencil. The best looking bean bags I've ever seen.

  4. Freckles Chick Avatar

    THE most stylish bean bag chairs I ever did see!!! I'm wanting one for Quinn's reading corner and love this. A far cry from the purple vinyl one I had as a kid.

  5. Aja Avatar

    These look sooo good Shelley!! I may have to copy them exactly. 😄 the Otomi is awesome.

  6. Mindy Avatar

    Um, you're sorta makin' me look bad with all these summer projects. These are totally tubular. Bahahahaha. Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Love the colors and the cushiness of them!

  7. Andrea Avatar

    I can hardly believe my eyes. Girl, this is taking DIY to the next level. I am in love. So wish I could sew like you. I need three of these in a bad way. Awesome job.

  8. Kira Kukulka Avatar

    Wow, these bean bags are absolutely wonderful!! I have been talking about making some for my kiddos for a long time but just need to find a little extra time to do so. Yours turned out beautifully!

  9. Christina Avatar

    Oh my goodness, these are fantastic!!

  10. {Hi Sugarplum!} Avatar

    Are you kidding me right now?!?! You know I'm all about these. You should open a shop and sew them for other people. Namely me.

  11. Jo Martin Avatar

    Just want to make sure – is there something you did to make the flat white interior paint washable safe or is it just that way?

    1. Shelley | Crazy Wonderful Avatar

      Hi Jo! I mixed the interior paint with fabric medium and heat set it according to the fabric medium directions. When it comes time to wash them I'll turn them inside out and wash on cold. I'm hopeful that it won't wash away, but wouldn't bet my life on it 🙂

  12. Tara {The Silver Lining} Avatar

    I agree with Cassie – make more and sell them to us!! 🙂 These are perfect for so many reasons like you said. You always amaze me.

  13. Katie Johnson Avatar

    Hi! New to your blog and LOOOOOVE your style! Where did you get the wood window shades and drapes? Thanks!!

    1. Shelley | Crazy Wonderful Avatar

      Hi Katie! Thank you so much 🙂 The bamboo blinds are from Blinds.com and you can check out this post for a lot more information on them – http://westermanfam.blogspot.com/2014/02/bamboo-roman-shades.html

      My white curtains are actually plain white queen sized flat sheets from Target that are pinched at the top using curtain clips! It's like the greatest secret ever!

  14. Sheree Fernandez Avatar

    Hi! Love your bean bags!! Where did you find your grey drop cloth? Does it wash well? I always have the hardest time cleaning my canvas shoes so I'm hesitant to use canvas with anything else.

    1. CrazyWonderful Avatar

      Thanks Sheree! They're the regular drop cloths from Home Depot. More of a natural cream than grey. I haven't needed to wash these yet (surprising with as much use as they get) so I don't have experience yet with that. But, I do have a slipcover for a chair I had made out of the same type of drop cloth that has been washed about 4 times and has held up perfectly! When the time comes for me to wash these I plan on turning the cover inside out and washing on cold, just to make sure I don't run into problems with the paint. Hope this helps!

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