How to Reuse Old T-Shirts for a Giant Bean Bag

Make a bag from canvas or other strong material and a washable cover from old t-shirts! Super fun to use memorable concert or marathon race shirts to essentially create a scrapbook bean bag chair.

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How to Reuse Old T-Shirts for a Giant Bean Bag
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How does a thrifty crafter and an ex- military officer work out what to do with old shirts? Why throw them away when you can make a memorable bean bag chair cover from them?!?

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Take canvas (ironing might help) and mark outline for sewing. 1/2 seam allowance for a bag 45" wide, 60" tall with a 5" gusset.  Cut 2 pieces for sides 6" thick -1 @ 46" and 1 @ 61 inches.

Take canvas (ironing might help) and mark outline for sewing. 1/2 seam allowance for a bag 45" wide, 60" tall with a 5" gusset. Cut 2 pieces for sides 6" thick -1 @ 46" and 1 @ 61 inches.

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I didn't cut up my canvas- but stitched the edges of the gussets closed. Your choice- I'm just lazy. Stitch the side pieces to the bag to form but leave a large opening on 1 end.

I didn't cut up my canvas- but stitched the edges of the gussets closed. Your choice- I'm just lazy. Stitch the side pieces to the bag to form but leave a large opening on 1 end.

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Dump bags of varying materials into canvas bag, mixing as you go. This combo gives it a good feel without too much weight. Then stitch the opening closed. I ran it thru the machine again to be safe.

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Pick out your shirts and flatten to mark and cut.

Pick out your shirts and flatten to mark and cut.

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Measure out area. You can just cut or make a template for all of them. (Template is a life saver. it's totally worth it, consistent and a time saver!)

Measure out area. You can just cut or make a template for all of them. (Template is a life saver. it's totally worth it, consistent and a time saver!)

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Line up the template, chalk the border and then cut.

Line up the template, chalk the border and then cut.

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These are 17x17 inch squares. You can go smaller if you want to add a gusset for the sides. I just used oversized t-shirts.

These are 17x17 inch squares. You can go smaller if you want to add a gusset for the sides. I just used oversized t-shirts.

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Layout your shirts to create a pattern. ( and make sure they fit- whew!)

Layout your shirts to create a pattern. ( and make sure they fit- whew!)

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To make a gusset in the cover- Grab a twin flat sheet from wal-mart for $5 and cut 2 each- 6" x46" and 6" x 61". Fold the sheet b4 cutting for extra strength. You'll stitch these to the sides later.

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Stitch your shirts together in 3x4 rows, then stitch the rows together. Each side is 3 rows of 3x4 shirts.

Stitch your shirts together in 3x4 rows, then stitch the rows together. Each side is 3 rows of 3x4 shirts.

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Take each half of cover & stitch edges together. (Always right sides together) or stitch gusset sides to one half, then stitch sides to other half. Close up the edges but leave 1 side open 4 closure.

Take each half of cover & stitch edges together. (Always right sides together) or stitch gusset sides to one half, then stitch sides to other half. Close up the edges but leave 1 side open 4 closure.

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Sheet for gusset and Velcro for closure.  Fold the edges of the shirts and stitch. Peel and stick hook and loop to opening of t-shirt cover. I stitched over it for extra strength.

Sheet for gusset and Velcro for closure. Fold the edges of the shirts and stitch. Peel and stick hook and loop to opening of t-shirt cover. I stitched over it for extra strength.

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Sorry no pics as I went - but here's a pic of the finished insides. I just ironed the t-shirts down, stuck the Velcro on and stitched. The machine didn't like the adhesive though.

Sorry no pics as I went - but here's a pic of the finished insides. I just ironed the t-shirts down, stuck the Velcro on and stitched. The machine didn't like the adhesive though.

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The edges of the fasteners didn't quite match up- but you can't tell and it does the job. I'm a novice sewer- so this was new for me.

The edges of the fasteners didn't quite match up- but you can't tell and it does the job. I'm a novice sewer- so this was new for me.

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Finished closure from outside.

Finished closure from outside.

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Finished bag with t-shirt cover. That's a king size bed just for perspective.

Finished bag with t-shirt cover. That's a king size bed just for perspective.

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Fold it up for a chair or lay it out for a bed like cushion. The little ones LOVE this for movie time! Great reading spot too.

Fold it up for a chair or lay it out for a bed like cushion. The little ones LOVE this for movie time! Great reading spot too.

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Enjoy!

Enjoy!

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