How to make corn hole bags

How to make corn hole bagsThe origins of the this toss game seems lost in the mists of time and there is ongoing debate on where it all began.

There isn't even any agreement on the proper name for the game.

The cornhole game has a selection of names depending on which part of the country you live in.

In some places it's baggy, baggo or bags. In others it's bean bag toss, sack toss, tailgate toss or even hillbilly toss to name but a few.

Whatever you call it the fun is the same.

Like all things the more you use them the sooner you are going to have to replace the bags. Yes, you can buy replacement bags but they'll cost you a pretty penny.

So why not make your own personalized ones at a fraction of the cost and save yourself some dollars.

It's not difficult to do so read on and I'll tell you how to make corn hole bags.


Supplies Needed

Duck Cloth by the Yard

Extra Strong Thread

2 different colors of Duck cloth

thread to match the 2 colors

scissors or rotary cutter

a ruler or measure

pencil or tailor's chalk

pins or wonder clips

sewing machine

delux magnetic guide

feed grade corn or pop corn (15oz each bag)

funnel (homemade from some leftover card is fine)

weighing scales


Step by Step Instructions

First measure and cut out two 7 x 7 inch squares of duck cloth for each bag.

If your cloth has a pattern put the two right sides together. This is only while you sew them together, you will be turning them right sides out after sewing.

To sew them, position your magnetic guide half an inch away from your needle.

Begin sewing a half inch from the top edge of the fabric.

Go back over the first few stitches to fix them in place.

Using the magnetic guide, sew down one side of your square stopping half an inch short of the end. Leave your needle in the down position, lift the presser foot and turn the fabric.

Sew down the next side and repeat this step once more. You should now have three sides stitched. Go back over the last few stitches to finish off this piece of sewing.

Move your magnetic guide to a quarter of an inch and repeat the sewing as before. You should now have two rows of stitching around three edges.

Turn your beanbag right sides out and push out the corners. Use a ruler or the blunt end of your pencil to make sure the corners are pushed out.

Fold the open edge over a quarter of an inch and pin or use wonder clips to hold the fabric in place. Sew an eighth of an inch away from the edge.

Sew about three quarters of the way down the side going over the first and last stitches as before.

The next step is to fill your beanbag. A funnel is very usefull for this as it will help prevent corn escaping to roll all over your floor. A simple cone rolled up from cardstock I've found is the best. You can cut the pointed end off and regulate the flow of corn this way. The bigger the cut the faster the flow.

At this point it is a good idea to weigh your beanbag as you want between 14 and 16 oz in each bag. It's too late once you have stitched the last side closed.

Now back to the sewing machine. Complete the stitching of the last side again going over the first and last stitches.



This is a project suitable for a beginner.

I have used a sewing machine to make these but they can be sewn by hand. It will take a bit longer but the result is well worth the effort.

With a little bit of work you can have your own personalized bags to show off with!

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