Cornhole Bags

Written by Andrea

Can you believe that it is already September? Where in the world did the summer go?

Ready or not, Fall is just around the corner. I love all of the seasons. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. Each one has a special place in my heart for 100 different reasons. Fall brings cooler weather, hooded sweatshirts, beautifully-colored trees, and one of my all-time favorite things in the world – football.

And, with football comes tailgating. Oh… yes. My heart skips a beat just thinking about the cool breezy weather, our little grill with hot dogs and hamburgers, Barbecue chips, and the excitement of a pending game. This year, we have an addition to make to our collection of tailgating gear… a cornhole set.

Is there a better time in the year to share my tutorial on making your very own personalized cornhole bags?! I think not.

Here we go…

To make your own set of cornhole bags, you will need:

  • 1 yard of duck cloth (I usually do 1/2 yard in one color and 1/2 yard in a contrasting color)
  • Cornfeed (Unfortunately, I have only found this in 25 and 50 pound bags at the Tractor Supply, but I’m sure you could either borrow some from a farm or ask around… some place else might actually sell it in smaller portions)
  • Thread
  • A sewing machine (and/or embroidery if you would like to personalize your bags)
  • Measuring tape, scissors, etc. (Standard sewing gear)

Let’s get started. For the purposes of this post, I’m making one cornhole bag. However, when I make a full set of eight bags, I go ahead and do each step for each individual bag at the same time. It is just easier for me to do that.

1. First, I cut out a square from just regular printer paper – you could use wax paper or tissue paper if you really want to be good – measuring 7 inches by 7 inches. (See 1 and 2 below). As you can see in my photo, my square is just a little used and worn. I’ve made a few sets.

2. Pin your square to two layers of your fabric. The standard fabric for cornhole bags is duck cloth. I’ve tried others. Trust me… stick with the duck cloth. (See 3 below)

3. Cut out your square. This will give you two cut out pieces, measuring 7×7. (See 4 below)

4. The next part can be skipped if you don’t have an embroidery machine or if you don’t want to personalize your bags. Set your material in your embroidery hoop and stitch your lettering in the bag. If I’m making a full set of eight bags, I go ahead and do all of my embroidery at the same time.  (See 5 below)

5. Your embroidery should rock out your favorite team lettering.:)Don’t worry… we’ll also have a set of four blue and white UK bags, too. Just no Ohio State. Ah-hem.:) (See 6 below)

6. Once you have embroidered the bags, put the right sides of your fabric together. Leave a gap at the bottom of your bags, I’d say about 2-3 inches wide (getting really technical here…) so that you can turn your bags right-side out and pour in your cornfeed. Leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance, stitch your bags together (again, don’t forget to leave the gap – I’ve done that more than a few times). Put a second stitch around the bags, just to give it plenty of support. (See 7 and 8 below)

7. Clip the corners and turn your bags inside out. Your bag should have a hole in the bottom, where you can easily pour in your cornfeed. And, by the way, you should use cornfeed instead of beans. I don’t know why. Apparently it makes a difference.:) (See 9 and 10 below)

8. Fill up your bag with 2 cups of cornfeed (and ignore the crappy picture of my distorted arm). I use an oil funnel to make it easier. (See 11, 12, and 13 below)

9. Once you have the bag filled, go back to your sewing machine and stitch the opening closed. I always do a double-stitch to reinforce the closing. And, you are finished! (See 14 below)

Toss your bag around to make sure that you closed all the seams. Some people use fabric glue to reinforce their stitches, too, but I have never tried it.

If you have two kids, let them try it all out… our kids LOVE to test the bags by throwing them at the ground as hard as they can. So far… so good.

Happy tailgating and hope you have a great Labor Day weekend!

 

Andrea - September 1, 2011 - 8:44 pm

Haha… Nope. Just have the ONE single bag done! LOL!

Dawn - September 1, 2011 - 9:23 am

Love the bags…minus the whole WVU thing…so hope those aren’t making the trip to Columbus this weekend :)

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