The Bean bag Cube

When your living area is 10 feet wide and to end and you have a sofa and no other place to sit, what do you do? Look for other options. But what ?

After a lot of  thought I found these beauties.

This one is from Crate and Barrel ( No Longer available )

This Is from West Elm 

I am not sure how much each of them cost as they are not available . In any case it seemed simple enough to make, and it was very simple. It was so simple that i forgot to take pictures as i went along only to realize it when i actually lounged on the cube that i had no pictures. Sorry about the really bad sketches.

For making a square bean bag you will need to decide the measurements for the bean bag. I decided on 24 inches X 24 Inches X 12 inches height

These are the materials I used .
The fabric used was thick upholstery material. It is no where as cute as the inspiration pieces but will do.

I started with two pieces of 24  inches X 24 inches and four pieces of 24 inches X 12 inches.

Take one 24 X 24 piece  and place it correct side down on your work space. Now place around the sides the 24 X 12 pieces such that the 24 inch sides line up. Using tacking pins tack the pieces together and stitch them.  The resultant will be like a plus sign.

Turn the fabric around such that the correct sides face up.

Steps 1 ,2

Now stitch the adjoining 12 inch sides. Once all four sides are done you will get a Bucket like structure. The wrong side will be visible out.

Stitch the remaining 24 X 24 inch piece on three sides of the bucket making sure that the wrong side is out. With the gap on the fourth side, turn the structure inside out and stitch the Zipper.
The structure is ready.

Bean bag
The structure can be filled with the Styrofoam beans. However recently, I have used scraps of fabric and used bubble wrap to fill the cube.

Lounge on!




How to hang a fan.

I admit, I have a thing for collecting souvenirs. During my visit to Singapore , I purchased the large oriental fan at Mustafas. It’s a Huge shop spread over many floors and buildings. One can find anything there.

Though I purchased it, there was no way of hanging the fan without damaging  the fabric .. or is there?

There is!

I lay down the fan and spread it on the floor. I realized that the middle most point of the semicircular fan was in the fabric and not  a bamboo spine.

So, I took about 6 inches of ribbon and glued the two ends to two of the middle most bamboo supports using hot glue. I made sure that I left about 3 inches from the ends of the bamboo.
Ribbon hot glue

I then placed a chopstick over the ribbon and started looping the robbon around the chopstick.
Ribbon loop start

I continued to loop it till a small loop remained to hang the fan.

Fan looped ribbon

Thats it, The fan is ready to be displayed on the wall.


As  the chopstick is not stuck to the fan, it can be easily rolled up and stored away.
fan rolled

Have you hacked something like this before?
Do tell

Winds of change.

2011. Let me just bring you up to speed with my year.

Jan : 15 day trip to Bangalore and Mumbai. Celebrated my 6th wedding anniversary. Started volunteering at a school teaching craft

Feb : Continued volunteering and trip to Bangalore

March : Dad got a heart attach .. rushed to Bombay to help mom.

April : Dad Came back home  and we waited for his by-pass to be scheduled. I came back to Hyderabad and waited for my dads surgery to be scheduled. The surgery was scheduled for 29th and I traveled back to Bombay.

May : Helping mom with dads recovery. Celebrated my 32nd birthday. Hubby calls says he has a new role in his company and we need to move either to Delhi or Bangalore. We decide Bangalore. I travel to meet my In-laws to Chennai and then we take a trip to trichy. Its Hot, Hotter and Insanely Hottest.

June : I finally come back home and now am packing! But its good . I am going back home to my home.

Its tight schedule wise, but i am delighted.

Some how when we moved last june from Bangalore, I knew i would be back soon.I had no idea it would be so fast.

My excitement is not old because we are moving back home, but also because we plan to do some renovation at home.

Let me start by sharing some pictures of my home as it was just before we moved out. Sorry should have Switched of the Tv .

Living room as seen from the Dining Area. We have a sofa, a lovely coffee table and a Huge unit for storage around the TV. The unit hides all the equipment and the unsightly wires .

Living room Tv Unit from dining

The wall behind the sofa has the pictures I purchased in NYC of NYC. In the far back what you see is empty frames is actually the door to my laundry. Just behind the Sofa is the dining table. The unit on the far left corner is my puja.

Dining and beyong from living

This is the living from the Landing / Foyer.

Living from Foyer

This unit was designed by me as a double-sided show unit. It was acting as the divider between the foyer and living.


A better  look at my foyer.


Foyer From Dining

This unit is for my Crockery. The Art work is a print of the map of Nappa valley gifted by my SIL.

The Chairs that you see were designed by my father in law and crafted by a local iron smith about 40 years ago. I love them. In a way, the form is similar to Bertoia Diamond Chair (At least to my eyes) . I have had plans to bring them more up to date with a paint job etc.

Behind that wall is my kitchen


Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of rest of my house for the lack of time. I did take some shots when the house was empty.

In the next few days. I will describe my plans for the house and will continue to journal as we move in and settle down. I hope to have lots of craft ideas along the way .

Did I mention that I was excited??

Take care