You don’t need to go to a huge amount of expense to make yourself a smart-looking beanbag
A bag of rice or lentils makes a great beanbag, but it won’t earn you any kudos when you’re out and about. However, if you have some scraps of fabric and can sew (or know someone who can), a simple beanbag cover can cost nothing more than time.
To make your beanbag cover, take your bag of rice or lentils, place it on your fabric and draw round it to create a rectangle. Move the bag and draw round it again to create two rectangles that are joined along the long edge. Add 2in (5cm) all the way round, cut out the fabric and fold it in half so it’s inside out.
Sew along the lines you drew, or get some hemming tape (available from most supermarkets) that just needs a hot iron run over it to turn it into a strong fabric glue.
Once it’s stitched or stuck, turn the cover the right way round (so the outside is on the outside) and slip your bag of rice or lentils inside.
Adding a strip of Velcro will make a neat closure for the ‘open’ side and also allows you to replace your rice or lentils.