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how to make cornhole bags

There are two steps you need to follow when making your own cornhole bags. The instructions below should allow you to create your own bean bags without much effort.

1. Cornhole Bag Supplies
- Duck Cloth - 7" X 7" Squares (You will need 16 total, 8 per color)
- Thread - 2 spools of the same color thread as the bags
- Kernel Corn (8lbs)
- Fabric Scissors
- Sewing Machine
- Sewing Pins

Optional
- Fabric Glue
- Fabric Cutting Mat (good for straight and accurate cutting)
- Digital Baking Scale

Duck cloth for the cornhole bags is a canvas type fabric that you can find at almost any craft store. The hard part is figuring out the right quantity to get. Each team will need 4 bags made from 7" X 7" squares. If the store you go to sells duck cloth in 60" rolls, then one roll will be all you need (8 bags X 7" is 56" of fabric). If the store you go to doesn't offer this type of roll, try to get a little extra as you can always make extra bags. Repeat this same process for the second set of cornhole bags. Make sure to get a different color unless you want to guess which bag is yours.
Feed corn is available at most feed stores. This is the filler of choice and not expensive at all.

2. Sewing the Cornhole Bags
It doesn't matter if you have years of experience with a sewing machine or if it's your first time. The instructions below can be used for all skill sets.

So as stated before, make sure you have 2 different colors of duck cloth. Because this fabric is fairly cheap, get a few extra inches so you can square the cuts yourself. Once you have it trimmed down, you will most likely have a strip of fabric 7" wide and 56" long. The next step will be to cut 8 - 7 inch squares for the bean bags. If you have a cutting mat, this will be easy to measure out and do, however a pencil and some scissors will work just fine. Once you have cut all 8 squares, it is now time to start putting the bags together.

Place 2 squares of the same color together so their edges line up exactly. If you have a sewing machine, it will be easy to create a double stitch. Otherwise you will want to thread one side of the bag and then go back again on the same side right next to the first seam. You should always try to get the seam to be 1/2 inches from the edge. You will want to sew 3 sides of the bag, leaving one side open. You need a hole for getting the corn into the bag so DON'T sew all four sides. As an option, you can also use a little bit of fabric glue along the inside of those seams to help prevent the bags from tearing. At this point your will flip the bag inside out so the seams are now on the inside and thus the bag is created.

Next you will measure out the corn feed. The regulation amount is 14 to 16 ounces. Once the cornhole bags are filled, the bag total will come out to around 1 lb. The more you play, the corn will eventually start break down and each bag will lose a bit of weight in the form of dust, so try to get the cornhole bags as close as possible to 1lb.

The last step is the trickiest. Trying to keep the corn in the bag while sewing up the last side. You will want to try and fold the open ends of the filled bag inward to a depth of a 1/2 inch to match the three other sides. This is going to take some practice, but try and pin the bag up against something to help with the sewing.

Are you still reading this post? Go out and start playing cornhole!