How to Make Cornhole Bags
Cornhole is a staple game of summer, at least here in the Midwest. As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to pull out the boards and bags and let the games begin! Over a season, cornhole bags see a lot of wear and tear. If your bags look past their prime or you’re building a new cornhole set, sewing new bags is an easy do-it-yourself project.
If you’re not familiar with the game, cornhole (sometimes known as corn toss, bags, or bean toss) is a lawn game where players throw small bags at a board with a hole in it. There are various versions of scorekeeping but, generally, players earn points by sinking bags in the hole or landing bags on the board.
A set of cornhole bags have a total of 8 bags per set, 4 each of 2 different colors (we used red and royal blue). Bags are approximately 6” x 6” squares, so with only 1 yard of fabric you can make 20 bags.
To make a set of strong and sturdy cornhole bags, we used Cotton Duck material. It is a soft, easy-to-sew material and is strong enough to stand up to the abuse of being tossed around. The bags are sewn with a double stitch around the inner sides, according to the American Cornhole Organization’s regulations. For the stuffing inside, we used feed corn, which is traditional, but you can also use beans or plastic pellets. To have your bags regulation compliant, each bag should contain approximately 1-3/4 cup of corn to weigh between 15-16 oz.
Take a look at this video to see step-by-step how to sew and fill your bags.
- Cotton Duck material or similar Bag Fabric
- V-69 Polyester Thread
- Dry Corn Feed (or other filler)
- Sewing machine
- Deluxe Magnetic Sewing Guide #103597
Game on! Do you and your family and friends play cornhole or other yard games? What’s your favorite summertime game? Share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments!