Gift Idea: Bean Bag Chair with Duck+Chick
Follow along as sisters Brianna and Ashley, founders of duck+chick, assemble their very own bean bag chairs!
- Goucho Whole Hides in Tan (SKU 9398-22) QTY: 2
- Long Zipper
- EcoWeld® Water Based Contact Adhesive (SKU 2532-01)
- Reusable Glue Spreaders (SKU 3431-00)
- Leather Scissors (SKU 3047-00)
- Leather Marking Pen (SKU 2097-00)
- Measuring Tape
- Clips to hold your leather together
- Bean Bag Fill - Used 2 Big Joe Bean Fill packs of 100L
- Sewing Machine or Needles/Thread
- Fabric and zipper if you plan to make a fabric liner
1. Gather your material.
2. Make a template for your desired size of the bean bag chair. We made a rectangle 24” x 54” by taping big pieces of paper together and then cut it into a football shape. Here’s how you do it!
3. The left side is the football shape. The right side is how you start off with a rectangle.
4. Fold the paper up.
5. Fold the paper to the right. Then cut from the bottom right corner to the top left corner in a curved line to make the football shape.
6. Once you have your big template lay it out on your hides and cut out 6 football shapes.
7. Lay two pieces grain side to grain side and then sew half of it, from one tip to the other.
8. When you’ve finished, flip it right side out where the grain sides are facing out. Then place the third piece on it and sew grain side to grain side. Then you’ll have half of your chair done!
9. For the fourth and fifth pieces, you’ll want to do exactly like you did for the first two pieces but also sew in your zipper.
10. Once you’ve sewn in your zipper you can add the 6th piece by flipping the 4th and 5th pieces right side out and sewing the 6th piece on, grain side to grain side. Now you’ll have two halves. Take both halves and place them grain side to grain side and sew the perimeter. Don’t forget to unzip the zipper so that you can flip it right side out.
11. If you decide to make a fabric lining, just repeat all the steps.
12. Fill the bean bag liner and then you have your chair!
13. If you end up with leftover materials, use it for another project like Upholstering Kitchen Barstools!
Sisters Brianna and Ashley started their leathercraft journey in 2019 with the goal of raising money to donate to nonprofits. They chose to work with leather because “it smelled really good” and they loved the uniqueness of each hide. A family friend taught them some basics of leathercraft and gave them scraps and old tools to play with. After much practice, they found themselves at Tandy, buying their first vegetable tanned double shoulder to hand dye and make into leather bracelets. Their products were a hit at their school’s vendor fair where they donated proceeds to their school and also to a nonprofit that provides flocks of ducks and chicks for families in need (hence their business name @itsduckandchick). They have since learned to make more products and have raised over $12,000 to donate to various nonprofit organizations.