To be honest, there’s nothing quite like putting together your own cornholebags. If you’ve taken the time to make your own cornhole board, or are just looking for a fun project to pass the time this is just the one for you. You’ll impress your friends and family at your next party, tailgate or weekend afternoon when you bust out your very own official cornhole bags that you made yourself. Its quite easy and this guide of how to make cornhole bags will show you how to make top notch bean bags for cornhole.

We guarantee that following this how to make bean bag guide for cornhole bags will be as easy as one two three!

TOOLS TO BE USED

Ruller

Scissors for cornhole

Scissors

cutting mat

Cutting mat (Optional)

Rolling blade (Optional)

Glue

Glue (Optional)

Supply List

cloth

Colored cloth

corn

Corn

MAKING YOUR OWN CORNHOLE BAGS

STEP 1
It’s essential that you pick two different color cloths. This is so it’s easy to discern which cornhole bag is for which team – color makes the distinction. Any two colors (or three!) will do just fine. Often times people like to do their own cornhole bags DIY in the colors of a favorite team. The options are endless! Just start with pieces of sturdy cloth and you’re ready to begin.

STEP 2
Make sure you’ve gotten enough fabric – always er on the side of too much than too little. If you’re going to a normal fabric store chances are you’ll receive fabric that is cut unevenly or with edges that are jagged. This can create issues so make sure you bring it home and straighten out the sides.

STEP 3
You’re going to need a few tools to make this step work. Find yourself the following: a rolling blade, a cutting mat, plastic cutting guide and if you can’t find any of these just use a ruler and some scissors. Remember to try and accurately cut your fabric into 7” wide and 56” long pieces. Each bag will be cut by cutting the cloth every 7 inches. You want to make sure you’re measuring out these cuts accurately so that your cornhole bag size and cornhole bag dimensions are uniform. When making these official cornhole bags you want to use precision in your cuts. A ruler will be very helpful for this step. At the end of this step you should have approximately eight separate squares of the cloth cut out each one 7 inches by 7 inches. You want to repeat the steps above for the other color cloth. By the end of this whole situation you should be sitting pretty with 16 pieces (or 24 if you have three colors!). Double count the cloth patches so you know your numbers are correct. Once you have all your pieces of cloth ready to go you should be ready to start with the construction of your cornhole bags.

STEP 4
Start with one color. Take two squares and line up their edges – which side is up and which side is down is not that big of a deal. Every piece of cloth you have should be identical. You’re more than welcome at this point in the process to design pieces of cloth with iron on emblems or symbols or writing or anything for that matter. This would be the only reason to worry about which side of the cloth is facing up and which side of the cloth is facing down. If you’re going to keep the cloth plain colors it wont matter. To make sure you do the stitches right you need to start with a sewing machine – any model will do in all honesty. Good sewing machines however can double stitch in one go. Less advanced sewing machines will force you to sew one full side and then do the other side to have a complete double stitch. You want to have a multiple stitch on each side because you’re going to be throwing around the cornhole bags a lot. It isn’t uncommon for those who single stitch their cornhole bags to find them breaking apart easily. The stronger and more elaborate the stitching the more durable your cornhole bags will be. DO NOT FORGET!!! when sewing together your cornhole bags you need to leave one of the sides of the cornhole bag open. It is important you do this because you still need to fill your cornhole bag! Another important point – we’ve mentioned how easy it is for the cornhole bags to burst open and break. A very simple step will help prevent this catastrophe. Take some liquid fabric glue and put some on the inside of the seam. This extra precaution may seem like a little extreme but in the end is going to ensure that your cornhole bags don’t break in the middle of a game. Now turn your fabric which should be in the shape of a bag inside out – the bag will be a perfect regulation cornhole bag at 6 inches.

STEP 5
Now it’s time for your cornhole bag filling. For this step you’ll need a basic kitchen scale, a plastic container and some dried corn kernels. You need to ensure that each bag is roughly 14.5 to 16 ounces once it is filled with corn. If each bag is about .5 ounces of material we want to add 15.5 ounces per bag. If you’re not able to get your kitchen scale two cups of corn should do the trick. Remember to not worry too much if the weight is a little higher because generally as the corn breaks down in the bags and becomes dusty a little bit of weight gets lost. Don’t add too much extra though or you will find yourself with cornhole bags way too heavy to play with. You want your cornhole bag weight to be just right.

STEP 6
This next step is not that easy – you want to make sure you fold open the ends of the filled bag to a depth of ½ inch to make sure you match the rest of the seams you have sewn. This is important. Place a sewing pin on the sides to keep them closed, this will help again ensure that the cornhole bag does not burst open. It might be difficult to do this step and the final stitching of the last side while the corn is in the cornhole bag. You want to place your stitches close to the edge and also you want to try keep the corn flat by pushing it to the side of the bag while you are dealing with the side you are working on.

Now you’re ready to play with your home made cornhole bags. Just get ’em ready and toss ’em!