a trick for re-stuffing a deflated bean bag or pouf
I have a confession to make you guys. Not everything in my house sometimes what it appears in photos. My favorite pouf that you see in all the photos has been hiding a little secret. I propped it up with a cooking pot for almost two years. It started with a small pot and ended up needing a full sized pasta pot. Yikes! And we used it like that too.
I kept putting it on my to-do list to re-stuff the thing but just didn’t feel like tackling that uninspiring project. Yeah I’d rather stencil a million squares on the wall. What’s wrong with me?!?! I’m still scratching my head about my priorities.
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I also hate styrofoam balls. Those pesky little things you get in some packages that are staticky and fly around and attach themselves to everything everywhere.
But one sleepless night I had a revelation about a trick for re-stuffing a deflated bean bag or pouf without any hassle. So I went on Amazon and ordered a bag of beans (find it HERE). The amount is too much for the small pouf but I like the idea of having more for next time when I will need to refill it again because I know I will. And I also discovered that my daughter would like to include them in slime projects 😉
How to stuff a bean bag or pouf
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pouf or bean bag
upholstery thread (HERE)
curved upholstery needles (HERE)
seam ripper (HERE)
bean bag filling (HERE)
I mean, look at this sad bag! How could I?
Here is the type of needle, thread and seam ripper I used.
And a photo of the bag of bean bag filling (click HERE).
- I opened the bag in one spot with the seam ripper.
2. I ended up making a hole that was about three times as big as the one below where you can see the existing beans.
3. I took a grocery bag and started filling it up with beans until it was almost full.
5. then I knotted the top of the bag. (note: don’t fill it up too much because you still need to be able to squeeze the knotted bag through the bean bag hole.
5. stuff the filled grocery bag into the bean bag hole. This is a great trick because you don’t have to struggle with the pesky little styrofoam balls.
6. I ended up needing 4 stuffed grocery bags to make to pouf fully stuffed again. That’s how badly the pouf was deflated.
7. Then I lined up the seam again and with the grocery bag trick, I also didn’t have to struggle with little annoying balls while sewing it shut again. The curved needle makes it a lot easier in my opinion to efficiently close the pouf again.
The end! That’s it and easy peasy.
You can’t even tell the difference in the before and afters because the pasta pot did a wonderful job. However I was tired of dragging a pot around when we used the pouf.
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Hope this helps someone out there who is tired of dealing with a deflated beanbag or pouf 😉 It really is an easy project and I have no clue why I waited for so long to finally tackle it.
Oh, so you put the bag inside! Thought there goes only the beans! Great DIY!
Yes I put the bags inside too. Ain’t nobody have time to remove the bag ????
this is one of those… why didn’t i think of that? … type of things! so smart!
Grocery bags – so smart! I get those balls everywhere!
They are so annoying
Thanks for sharing your secret. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one using pots for odd things.
Please do tell what odd things you use pots for 😉
pasta pot, that is hilarious! i did read that you can use plastic bags…maybe this is what they meant. i just thought you would be putting the actual bags in to create the poof, although how can that be. it looks like new!
Oh I’ve never read about the plastic bags anywhere I even checked on Pinterest first.
You are so clever. I love how the kitties always seem to get involved too, and your new one is darling.
they are always involved in everything 😉
The bag is a great idea because besides being pesky those silly beans are also staticky and stick to everything. Your right ain’t nobody got time for that!
They sure are pesky little things
Love these DIY’s! I must say I share your hatred of styrofoam balls, and really dig your revelation 🙂
Thanks so much. Styrofoam haters unite 😉
I never have any extra money, so I use the plastic shopping bags that end up with holes to stuff throw pillows. I used to use torn panty hose back in the day when I dressed for work. Just cut them up.
This is great! I totally need to do this for a pouf in my son’s room. It has been looking SO SAD lately ha! Thanks for sharing!
Hope it helps get the job done
Thank you for this post. I have this exact same problem with my favorite pouf. I could try buying a new pouf, but I know I’ll never find one I like as much as the one I have now. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out a cost effective way to revive it. Your writeup is perfect!
Oh, I’m so glad I could help!