Friday, June 2, 2017

Sugar Skull Beanbag Chair and Skull Pillow

A few weeks ago I decided to treat myself to an outdoor movie projector and I LOVE IT!  My first movie night was a smashing success with all of my friends drinking wine and snuggling up in blankets on the lawn in my backyard.  The entire night I kept thinking how much I would LOVE to be sitting in a beanbag chair......So I thought, how hard could it be to make one?  Let's just say I was not prepared!  Sewing a pillow is one thing.   Sewing a pillow the size of a human is another thing altogether!  If and when you tackle this project, give yourself some time and some room.  In the end, I'm really glad I challenged myself.  The most crucial part of a beanbag chair is the insert (aka bladder) for your beanbag filler.  It's crucial if you ever want to wash the beanbag cover and it keeps the beans nice and safe.  Remember, challenge yourself, go BIG and always 
Make Your Mark!
Just in case you're wondering....
Julie is sitting BY the beanbag chair so that you can see it!

I even made the tiny skull pillow!
See the video
Watch how I made everything here!
M Squared Stencils by Tracy Moreau (25% OFF with MARKMONTANO as code)
*This beanbag needs 9 cubic feet of filler
Sewing machine and Iron
24" zipper
2 yards black and 1 yard white 54" wide fabric (heavy duty)
2 yards 54" wide stretchy fabric (for insert)
Skull inspiration
1.  Cut to pieces of black fabric 36" long then unfold them and stack them
*You now have 2 pieces of 54" x 36" pieces of fabric
2. Measure up 6" on the 54" and mark
3.  Draw a curve down to the 36" side toward the center and cut
  *Use the scrap as a pattern to cut the other side
4.  Repeat on the insert fabric cutting 2 matching pieces with a curve
5.  On a 40" x 40" sheet of paper, draw a 36" long skull
*Fold it in half and cut out the best side for a symmetrical pattern
6. & 7.  Pin on the cream fabric and cut out
8.  Center the skull on one piece of the black fabric with the chin 8" above the curved edge
9.  Spread E-6000 StitchLess Glue on the underside of the skull and press to set the glue
*This insures the fabric skull doesn't move during your next steps
10. Carefully zigzag stitch around the entire skull, the eyes, nose and each tooth
11. & 12. Grab some stencils (or freehand if you want) and start painting sugar skull designs on the skull using the DecoArt SoSoft fabric paint

13.  Using 1/2" seam allowance, stitch the 54" sides and the curved edge leaving the top 36" end open
14.  On the open end, match the seams and lay flat
15.  Center the zipper (with the seams in the middle) and mark the top and bottom of the zipper and then stitch both ends to where you marked
16. & 17. Pin each side of the zipper face down and stitch in place using a zipper foot
18. Using 1/2" seam allowance, stitch the 54" sides and curved edge of the insert fabric
19.  Fill with the Fairfield Bean Bag Filler
*Let gravity do the work! I stapled the bag to the fence and cut a hole in the bottom
20.  Stitch the insert shut when it's filled
21 Stuff it into the beanbag and zip closed
1.  Make a skull pattern that is about 18" tall and 13" wide
2.  Cut it out in black fabric
3.  Cut 2 pieces of fabric the shape of the skull but 3" larger all the way around
4.  Stitch the edges using 1/2" seam allowance leaving a 5" hole for stuffing
5.  Clip the curves up to the seam but not through the seam
6.  Turn inside out and press
7.  Glue the black skull on the white pillow with E-6000 Fabri-Fuse
8.  Stuff and pin closed
9.  Stitch closed and enjoy!

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