Bean Bag Chair

Cozy Cushion: Simple Sewing with Big Impact

Like everyone else, I am always working on making my home a little cozier—the latest Scandinavian design trend “hygge” is all about making things feel extra comforting, special, and downright cozy. It’s all about the details that evoke this feeling. For me, a pastel pink faux fur bean bag chair accomplishes exactly that.

Cozy Cushion tutorial

Sewing with faux fur is surprisingly easy to do with the right tools and proper preparation. You will need plenty of space to cut out the pieces for this cushion and get ready for some fur shedding. You can save the lost fluff to give to the birds outside. They can use it to make a hygge home for themselves!

You can download the PDF pattern for this oversized cushion here. Pattern piece measures 18” x 53” once assembled and the cushion finishes at approximately 34” in diameter. This project certainly isn’t small but it is simple!

Cozy Cushion tutorial, supplies

Materials for Sewing a Cozy Cushion

Steps to Sew a Cozy Cushion

Step 1. Assemble your PDF pattern

Print out the PDF pattern template provided. The first page of the document includes a layout guide to demonstrate how the pattern comes together. Simply tape pages together and trim to shape. The finished pattern piece is a large orange peel-like shape.

Cozy Cushion pattern

Step 2. Check the nap of your fabric

When working with faux fur, it is very important to keep the nap, or directionality of the fur, in mind. We want the fur in each piece to lay in the same direction. The nap on my faux Curly Yak fur runs down the length of the fabric (parallel to the selvages).

Cozy Cushion nap

Step 3. Cut the fur

Pin your pattern to the wrong side of your faux fur. Make sure the nap is laying smooth down the length of the oval.

Cozy Cushion pin pattern

Using your fabric shears, cut out six of these orange peel shapes. When cutting fur, be sure to cut only through the fabric backing and not all the hairs of the fur. This will help reduce shedding. Note: reduce, not eliminate entirely. You will definitely still need to sweep when you are done cutting!

Cozy Cushion cut

Step 4. Pin two pieces together

Lay out two of your ovals with right sides together, being sure that the nap is running in the same direction. Pin these pieces together. Wonder Clips are a great alternative if you use an especially bulky faux fur. If your fur has a long nap like mine, do your best to brush hair in and out of the seam to reduce bulk in the seam itself.

Cozy Cushion, pin together

Step 5. Prepare your machine

Because of the nature of the project we are making and the materials we have chosen, we need to prepare our machine for some heavy duty sewing. Thread your machine with a strong 40 wt polyester thread. As much as I love cotton for most things, polyester is going to be much stronger in these seams that may see quite a bit of wear.

Attach the #50 walking foot to your machine. Faux fur is very bulky and surprisingly heavy to work with. The walking foot is going to move your project through the machine easily and steadily.

Cozy Cushion, attach the walking foot

Finally, program your machine for a 3-step zig zag stitch. The zig zag pattern will lend some flexibility to the wear of these seams but the 3-step version will keep it strong.

Step 6. Sew the first seam

Sew from one point to the opposite end on your first pair of ovals. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and ending of the seam for added security.

Cozy Cushion, sew

Step 7. Pin & sew again

Repeat the process from steps 4 and 6 on the remaining two pairs of ovals. Because of the weight of this cushion, I prefer to sew three sets of two panels, then sew each of those together.

Cozy Cushion, repeat

Step 8. The Final Seam

When you have finally joined all of your oval pieces, you will have one seam left leaving the cushion open. Pin this seam together and begin to sew as you have on the previous seams. However this time, about halfway down, back stitch and cut your thread. Then, resume sewing (backstitching again) about 18” down, leaving a generous opening to flip the cushion right side out.

Cozy Cushion, final seam

Step 9. Flip it

Pull your cushion right side out through the gap left in the final seam.

Step 10. Fill it

Stuff your cushion! This is an easy step but because this project is quite massive, this will take a bit longer than you think. I used approximately 7 lbs of polyfill stuffing and I could still add a bit more!

Cozy Cushion, stuff it

Step 11. Stitch it closed

Unfortunately after filling a gigantic cushion with stuffing, it’s nearly impossible to slide it back under the sewing machine. Use a hand sewing needle and arm’s length of thread to close the opening we left for flipping.

Cozy Cushion, stitch closed

Now you have an extra cozy cushion of your own! I love mine for lounging and reading a book but Penny has claimed it as her nap spot. Hope this brings a little hygge to your home!

Cozy Cushion, Penny

 

9 thoughts on “Bean Bag Chair

    1. Great catch! For my Shannon Fabrics Curly Yak fur (which measures 60″ wide), at least 3 yards is required. Be sure to remember that width of fabric and directionality or nap will effect how much you’ll need.
      We’ll be sure to add this note in the post 🙂

  1. Before I got to the end of the instructions, I was thinking it would be a great bed for a puppy and then saw your kitty. A thought, you could sew Velcro on the opening
    before stuffing

  2. Found this bean bag chair just in time. We are renting while we finish our house. The rental has, a (one only), bean bag chair and the dog and cat have a difficult time sharing. Between the two of them that chair is never empty. I will definitely be making two. Thanks for the idea.

    1. Hi, janette! It would take quite a lot of polystyrene beads for a chair this size. That was my first choice but after 5 lbs barely made a dent, I opted for poly-fill. I’d guess somewhere around 30 lbs might do it but that gets quite expensive!

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