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You can save a bunch of money making your own Cornhole Bags.  All you need is fabric, thread, corn or other fill, and a decent sewing machine.

Shipping on a set of bags is usually as much or MORE than the cost of bags.  If you know how to sew, you’re good to go!

 

Bag Sewing Instructions

Fabric Preparation

  • Cornhole bags should be made from duck cloth / duck canvas, and may be any color that is easy to see during game play.
  • Each bag should be filled with approximately 2 cups of feed corn.
  • Finished bags should be approx. 6″ x 6″ square and should weigh between 14 and 16 ounces.
  • Buy duck cloth or duck canvas ( 1 – 2 yards )
  • Optional:  shrink the fabric using a washer & dryer, then cut fabric into 8 squares, measuring 7” x 7”

*Optional Fabric Prep*  – Creating Your Own Colors

  • If your fabric store only sells white Duck Cloth, or if you’d like a custom color, you can dye the cloth.
  • Use any dye and a container that will not stain
  • Rinse the fabric until water runs clear
  • Hang the bags to let dry, or put them in a dryer

Sewing the Bags

  • Sew three sides of two of the 7×7 squares together.  Sew to be a bit over 6” x 6”   ( so when the bag is filled it will be 6” x 6” )
  • Leave a section un-sewn to fill bags with corn.  Un-sewn section can be anywhere from an inch long to the whole side.
  • Use upholstery thread or another heavy duty thread
  • Turn the bags inside out to conceal the seams.

Filling the Bags

  • Cornhole bags should be filled with approx. 2 cups of feed corn, and should weigh 14 to 16oz. ( 1lb. )
  • For easier filling, use a pop bottle or wide funnel.
  • Feed corn is the most common filling for Cornhole bags, and can be found at any feed store .
  • Other fill options are plastic beads or pellets or dried beans, but popcorn and sand are not suggested.

Sew and Play

  • Double stitch up the opening with a whip stitch or a sewing machine.

For many, the idea of sewing can be overwhelming.  If end up deciding to buy a set of Cornhole Bags, check out iCornhole.com for great prices on well made bags! These cornhole bag making instructions used with permission from Cornhole Game Players. For a version you can download and print, please visit the Cornhole Building Plans section.