Have you ever wondered what to do with all that lint that builds up in your dryer? Instead of throwing it away, you can repurpose it into a comfortable beanbag chair! Making your own lint beanbag is an easy DIY project that is also environmentally friendly.
The main item you’ll need for this project is a lot of lint! I save my dryer lint over time in a bag or bin so I have enough to make a full beanbag chair. Figure you’ll need about 5-10 gallons of lightly packed lint.
In addition to lint, here are the other supplies you’ll need:
- A large piece of fabric for the beanbag cover. Choose a durable material like canvas, denim or upholstery fabric. Get about 3-4 yards.
- Thread that matches the fabric color.
- A sewing machine and basic sewing supplies like scissors, needles, pins, etc.
- Polyester fiberfill to mix with the lint – about 5 lbs should be enough. The fiberfill helps add loft and structure.
Optional items that can customize your lint beanbag:
- Decorative fabric for a patchwork look.
- Leather/vinyl for the bottom to make it more durable.
- Zippers to make the cover removable for washing.
Preparing the Lint
Before sewing the beanbag, I like to pre-treat the lint to help remove any residues or odors.
To prepare the lint:
- Place the lint in the washing machine. Run it through a rinse cycle with hot water.
- Dry the lint again in the dryer on low heat. This helps fluff it up.
- Optional: Add a few drops of essential oil like lavender to the lint to give it a light scent.
Mixing the lint with the polyester fiberfill gives it more volume and makes a fuller beanbag.
Sewing the Beanbag
There are a few options when sewing the beanbag:
Basic Beanbag Construction
For a basic lint beanbag:
- Cut two equal pieces of the main fabric according to the size you want. Leave 1″ seam allowances.
- Sew the pieces together with right sides facing, leaving an opening.
- Turn the bag right side out through the opening.
- Fill the bag with the lint and fiberfill mixture. Really pack it full!
- Hand stitch the opening closed.
Add any handles or extras like zippers before finishing the seam.
For a patchwork beanbag:
- Cut fabric pieces in varying shapes and sizes.
- Arrange and sew the pieces into a patchwork pattern.
- Finish sewing into a beanbag shape as with the basic design. The patchwork makes it look artsy!
You can make beanbags in round, teardrop or other shaped designs too. Just adjust the pattern pieces to the shape you want before sewing.
Caring for Your Lint Beanbag
To make your lint beanbag last:
- Spot clean only when needed. Don’t submerge in water or wash in machines.
- Set in sunlight occasionally to freshen it up. The sun helps deodorize.
- Fluff and reshape as needed if it gets compressed.
- Add new filler over time if it starts getting flat. A lint beanbag can be easily refilled.
That’s all there is to it! With just some simple sewing, you can turn dryer lint into a comfy and eco-friendly beanbag chair. This makes a great weekend project and it’s a creative way to reuse something most people throw out. Your friends will be impressed when you tell them your beanbag is filled with lint!