DIY Corn Hole Bags

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Fall is a time of cool days and evenings that a full of outdoor fun! We are going to show you how to make these DIY Corn Hole Bags! What better way to have some family fun than to play some games in the yard! Our family loves playing corn hole, but sometimes we accidentally leave the bags outside and they get ruined. I realized it was way cheaper to just quickly sew up some corn hole bags rather than buying a whole additional set. The great thing about making them yourself is that you can customize them. You can make some to match the corn hole set you already have or sew up something unique. These would also be fun gifts for friends and neighbors that also love corn hole. My husband recently made some custom corn hole boards as a gift for a co-worker and I sewed some matching bags for a complete corn hole set up. They loved it and I loved how easy it was to make. This is a super easy sewing project, perfect for beginners. As I said, this is a super cheap way to make your own corn hole game yourself. Just buy the wood and put it together and sew your own bags you’ll be set for a day full of fun!

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For my corn hole bags, I used a combination of tightly woven cotton canvas for added durability. You could also use a duck canvas here, or whatever works for you. You just want to make sure you pick something with a little extra strength to stand up to the wear and tear of the game as thin fabrics will tear after a few throws. Once you’ve picked out your fabric, you’ll need some interfacing to help the bags keep their shape and add some extra durability. After that, just some basic sewing supplies like thread, a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler, some sewing clips or pins, and finally some filling. I went with a corn-based filling for mine, some use rice or beans, but you can do whatever you prefer. One thing to note is that sometimes when sewing thicker fabrics your sewing machine needles can break. Be sure to have a few extra on hand in case that happens or use a stronger needle to stand up to the thicker fabric.

DIY Corn Hole Bags

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How To Make DIY Corn Hole Bags

The first step on this DIY corn hole bags sewing tutorial is to wash, dry, and iron your fabric. This process acts as a preshrink and will help your stitches stay put even if these corn hole bags get wet. Trust me I learned this the hard way and had my stitches come out of one too easily. Once you have done that, cut 4 to 6 5-inch pieces of one color/pattern and 4 to 6 5-inch pieces in the other color/pattern. With right sides together, pin or clip the 4 of the first color/pattern and the 4 of the second color/pattern. 

Now it’s time to sew the bags. Using a 1/4 “seam allowance, sew all the way around each, leaving a 3.5” gap for turning. Repeat until all the pieces are sewn together. 

Next on this DIY corn hole bags tutorial, clip off the corners of your fabric and turn them right side out. Using a turning tool, push out the corners. Once they are all pushed out, press with a warm iron.

Now we will fill up our bags. Using a food scale and a wide mouth funnel, fill each bag with between 1 ¾ – 2 cups of corn filling. For these bags, I used popcorn kernels but you could use whatever you want like beans, corn, or even rice. Repeat until all bags are full. While you fill up your additional corn hole bags make sure to use sewing clips to keep the opening closed until I was ready to sew them all shut.

Now for the last step in this DIY corn hole bags sewing tutorial, we just need to sew the opening closed. Using a ¼ “seam allowance, either use your machine or hand sew the opening closed. If hand sewing, make sure the opening is closed very securely so the filling will not come out during play.

And that’s it! Now you know how to make DIY corn hole bags! We hope you enjoyed this fun and simple sewing tutorial. Now get outside and have some fun with your family. If your kids love playing corn hole as much as mine, you just made yourself a bargain on summer fun and making memories.

 How To Make Corn Hole Bags

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DIY Corn Hole Bags

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Make your own fun corn hole bags with this simple sewing tutorial. I made a whole set with custom boards and it turned out great! Start your DIY corn hole bags today.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $20.00

Instructions

  1. Cut 4-6-5” pieces of one color/pattern and 4-6-5” in the other color/pattern.
  2. With right sides together, pin or clip the 4 of the first color/pattern and the 4 of the second color/pattern. 
  3. Using a 1/4 “seam allowance, sew all the way around each, leaving a 3.5” gap for turning. Repeat until all the pieces are sewn together. 
  4. Clip off the corners and turn right side out. Using a turning tool, push out the corners.
  5. Press with a warm iron.
  6. Using a food scale and a wide mouth funnel, fill each bag with between 1 ¾ - 2 cups of corn filling. Repeat until all bags are full.
  7. Using a ¼ “seam allowance, either use your machine or hand sew the opening closed. If hand sewing, make sure the opening is closed very securely so the filling will not come out during play.
  8. Enjoy!

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