Wailmer beanbag (in progress)Posted: September 7, 2014
So, seeing as I’m moving out soon, and my accommodation doesn’t have much furniture (as beautiful as it is) I figured making a beanbag would be the perfect project. However, rather than making just a standard beanbag I thought I would be a little more adventurous and artistic, and try to make something I’d been thinking about for a while, a Wailmer beanbag!
Wailmer is a pokemon, and with the upcoming release of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it makes it topical as well as functional.
So, this is how I’m making the beanbag
First I bought 3 meters of this red fabric. Obviously Wailmer isn’t red, as you can see from the picture above, but I will be using this fabric to create the lining bag which will hold the beans. While you can buy beans in a handy fabric case designed for beanbags, I thought it would be best to practice cutting and sewing the pattern before doing it for the actual outside, so that if something goes wrong I haven’t wasted valuable fabric and the mistakes can’t be seen from the outside.
I measured from the centre of the square, to the edge which came to 41 centimetres. So it would seem the square of fabric I cut out was not a meter squared, which I really should have thought about earlier as this results in the beanbag being VERY LARGE. But ah well
So, after a bit of maths, I have this VERY LONG piece of fabric. This will be the circumference of the beanbag, and there will be two of these strips, on around the top half and the other around the bottom, joined in the middle.
You can work out the circumference of a circle by using 2πr, with r being the radius of the circle, in my case 41. So, 2 x 3.14 x 41 = 257 cm, which is 2 meters and 57 cms of fabric. However, seeing as I want the beanbag to be rounded, rather than a simple cylinder, I want the radius of the centre to be wider than the top and base circles, so doing that calculation again with a radius of 60 cm, we have 2 x 3.14 x 60 = 377 cm (3 meters and 77 cms of fabric.)
I am using the longer length, and will have to fold the top off the fabric to fit the top and base circumference
The two strips are 30 cm wide each, which will form the middle of the beanbag, ideally making the height of the beanbag just under 1 meter tall
The same strip of fabric in a rough circle
I have folded the top of the strip of fabrics into pleats in order to make the length of the top of the strip a smaller circumference to fit around the circle. I am not doing this in any sort of mathematical sense, simply folding in roughly even spaces to make it fit
Realising this, I had a choice where I could cut down the fabric smaller, which would involve unstitching everything I’ve done so far, but making a more manageable sized bag. On the other hand, a bigger beanbag means buying more (surprisingly expensive) beans. However, it’s going to be awesome. So screw it. Huge beanbag it is.