How to Make Cornhole Bags

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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 score keeping, 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 Picasso 10 oz. 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.

 

How to Make Cornhole Bags:

  1. Cut sixteen 7” x 7” squares, 8 from one fabric and 8 from another
  2. Sew a stitch 1/2 inch in from the raw edge of 3 sides
  3. Sew a second stitch next to the first, about 1/4 inch from the raw edge
  4. Turn the bag right side out
  5. Create a hem on the remaining open side and sew 3/4 of that end shut
  6. Using a funnel, insert about 1-3/4 cup feed corn into the opening of the bag
  7. Sew the opening shut

Game on! Browse our full selection of cotton duck and thread colors at www.sailrite.com.

Do you and your family and friends play cornhole or other yard games? What’s your favorite summertime game? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

19 comments
  1. This is one of my family’s favorite games to play under our patio cover or on the front lawn. Now we can make our own bags, Thanks!

  2. Great info on creating cornhole bags. Our cornhole boards in our backyard are close to the pool and we get some wild throws that end up getting wet (in the pool). Now we know how to make our own, thanks.

    • Nikki said:

      You’re welcome. It sounds like you have quite a fun yard!

  3. Mike Smith said:

    What is the Size of the Hole that the Bags fit through?

    • Nikki said:

      The hole in the board has a diameter of 6 inches.

      • Mike Smith said:

        Thank you.

  4. Debbie said:

    Tried 3 different machines, none of them could accommodate the height of the corn hole bag. What type of machine are you using?

  5. Deana said:

    Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Spending some time and
    actual effort to create a top notch article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and don’t manage to get anything done.

  6. Ronald Ashcraft said:

    Great..!!

    I am impressed immensly with the way to make cornhole bags. I surely will try this out this weekend.

    However, after seeing such an amazing blog on cornhole bags I surfed the web extensively to learn more on how to make cornhole bags wherein I found a website named cornholegametime.com which also taught me the steps to make custom cornhole game boards also. So I suggest you also refer the website as it is really helpful in things related to cornhole.

  7. Shirley said:

    I understand you should freeze the corn to prevent weevil. If this is correct, how long do you freeze the corn

    • Nikki said:

      Hi Shirley,

      Based on what I’ve read, you want to make sure you use corn that’s been inspected for weevils or you can freeze the corn before putting it in your bag. I would think you just need to freeze it for a day or two so any potential weevil eggs die in the freezer. If that’s a major concern you can also always use plastic pellets for the filling instead of corn.

      • Bobbie said:

        Cam you use dry beans instead of corn

      • Nikki said:

        I’m not sure. Corn is the go-to and plastic pellets are the preferred alternative. I’ve not heard from anyone using beans so I can’t comment on the potential advantages or disadvantages.

  8. Carole Jensen said:

    Can you cut a piece of fabric 13″ X 7″ and fold it over and sew on 2 sides before turning it inside out? Then all you would have left is folding the end over and stitching after filling it. That would eliminate having to sew an extra seam.

    • Nikki said:

      Yes, Carole, you could absolutely do that as well!

  9. Robert said:

    If u really want to step ur game up u can make “pro bags”. They have one side as the duck cloth and the other side is a micro suede. This allows you to have one side “stick” (suede) and the other to “slide” (duck). And popcorn works very well. Beans not so much but synthetic pallets are a big thing now as well to make all weather bags. FYI I play in a few leagues so I have played a lot of cornhole and used many different types of bags.

    • jfecco said:

      Where do you get that micro suede material? I was just at the National Championship Cornhole Tourney yesterday, as I live in Knoxville, and saw these pro bags for the first time. I make custom boards and bags, and I really want to offer this as an option. Any ideas?

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