How to Make Cornhole Bags | Step-by-Step Guideline (with Pictures)

Bean Bag TossCornhole bags are basically bags filled with corn.

These are used for a game that involves throwing the bags with a target of getting them through a hole on an inclined board.

If you successfully get a bag through the hole, you score three points, and if the bag lands on the board, you score one point. Usually, two teams are involved, which is distinguished by the color of the cornhole bags.

So, you will be needing cornhole bags in two colors, four each.

You can, of course, buy them in the supermarket easily, but why waste money when making these by yourselves can be cost-effective as well as fun, as they are pretty easy to make.

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to make cornhole bags.

Step 1: Get the Fabric

To make the cornhole bags, you will be needing a type of cloth known as the duck fabric.

You can easily buy these at any cloth shop for about five dollars a yard.

Get the Fabric

Buy a total of two yards of the cloth, one yard of each of the two colors of your own choosing.

It is easier this way since it sells by the yard. Remember to buy the threads of the same color as the cloths.

Step 2: Prepare the Fabric

Once you have the cloths, you need to cut them to the size of the bags.

You have to be careful here so as to maximize your usage and minimize the cloth you waste.

Prepare the Fabric 7 inch

Typically, the bags measure about (7×7) inches.

So, you need to cut a 7-inch strip of cloth from the yard, with the help of a ruler.

You can use a scissor or a cutter to cut the strip. Cut four such strips from each yard, so you have a total of 8 strips.

You can also trace 7 inches by 7-inch squares on the cloth and cut out the squares.

This way, you have to repeat the process for eight times for each color, and tracing on the cloth is not an easy task.

Prepare the Fabric 13 inch

When you have your 7-inch strip, with a ruler, measure the cloth to about 13-inch length and cut the piece.

Repeat this until you have 8 pieces of (7 by 13) inches of cloth, four of each color.

Step 3: Press the Fabric

Take the fabric and iron them, piece by piece, to remove all creases.

Fold each piece of cloth to make a square and iron the piece again along the folded edge. This is done to keep them in the square shape.

Press the Fabric

Now, take a ruler and measure 6 inches of length from the folded edge.

Fold the remaining part from the open end of the piece in an everted manner and press them again on both sides. Repeat the process for all 8 pieces.

This may seem difficult at first, but it gets really easy once you get the hang of it.

You may escape this step altogether if you take 8 individual squares from each color. In that case, you can place a square on top on another square and sew the 2 pieces together.

measure 6 inches

But you have to keep in mind that it is more difficult to sew 2 separate pieces of cloth together as they tend to move and the finishing is not as smooth.

Step 4: Sew Them into Bags

Once you have all the pieces ironed out, you can now move on to the sewing machine.

Start by threading the machine. Use threads of the same color as the cloths.

Next, take a pencil and mark along the edge such that you have a 6-inch center.

If you use black cloth, then you won’t be able to see the pencil marks.

In that case, you can use white chalk.

Now, sew the sides of the fabric, starting from the everted edge, sewing the edge down, continue along the mark to the folded edge.

Sew Them into Bags

Flip the piece and sew the same side again, keeping as close to the first line as possible.

This will increase the durability of the cornhole bags.

Turn over the piece and sew the other side as well in the same manner, making them into a bag. Repeat this process until you have sewn all the squares, keeping in mind to change the thread color when you move on to a different set.

You also have to be careful about not sewing the open side by mistake, since you need to fill it with corns. Once you are done, turn all the bags inside out, such that the part you sewed goes in. You are now ready to move on to the next step.

Step 5: Fill up the Bags

This is the easiest step of all. Buy about 8 to 10 pounds of dry corn, which is available in all super shops. You can buy a 10-pound pack for about 4 dollars in TSC.

Each bag is supposed to contain about 1 pound of corn. The easiest way to do this is to put your bag on a kitchen scale and fill up the bag until the weight reaches 1 pound, or 16 ounces if that is the unit in your scale.

Fill up the Bags

You can also do this by using measuring cups. Two and a quarter of a cup for each bag should do the trick.

For easily filling the bags, you can use a wide funnel, made of paper, placed at the opening of the bag.

When you are done filling all eight bags with corn, you can go on to the next step.

Step 6: Close the Bags

This is the tricky part. Take some straight pins to temporarily close the bag.

Stick the pins as close to the center as possible, stuffing the bag tightly, to keep as much room as you can, to finish your work.

Close the Bags

Now, sew the open end, as close to the side as possible, double stitching them as you did for the other sides.

Remember to match the thread color with the bags and complete the project by sewing to seal all the bags.

Remove the pins when you are done sewing.

Conclusion

You now have homemade cornhole bags with a professional edge.

These are now ready to be thrown and tossed around for your next game with friends and family, and on the plus side, you can also show off your sewing skills.

Best of luck with your game!

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