Cornhole Bags

Cornhole Bag

During our last cornhole tournament, one of the bags split at the seam.  We tried a few emergency repairs to no avail. Knowing that we had an even bigger cornhole tournament approaching, we needed to order another set of bags.  But, when I found that 8 bags were $23.99 plus $10 shipping, (almost $5 a bag!) I knew that I had a new DIY project!

After surfing the blogosphere for instructions, I discovered that there are “regulation” cornhole bags. Really? Finished size is 6″ square, weigh about 1 pound, must be made out of duck cloth, and the filling has to be field corn–no popcorn allowed! Triple stitched seams with upholstery thread was also recommended.

Off to Jo-anns where I purchased a 1/4 yard of duck clock in each color of gray and orange.  Using discount coupons for everything at Jo-anns, the fabric for the two cost $2.75. Upholstery thread was $2.00.  Ten pounds of corn at the local feed store was $5.00 and I only used 8 pounds.  (The other 2 pounds may go to the undeserving squirrels.)  So my material costs ended up being $8.75.  Which is about $1.09 a bag.

The duck cloth is very stiff and thick and the upholstery thread was kind of wirey.  I had to buy a bigger and sharper needle and still my sewing machine was not happy!  I also couldn’t get upholstery thread that matched the fabric even after checking three different stores so I went with a cream color.

Allowing for 1/2″ seams, I cut 7″ squares.  8 of each color.  Pinned two pieces together and triple stitched the seams using upholstery thread; leaving a 4″ opening on one side.  Trimmed the corners.

Cornhole Bag

Cut the bottom off of a red solo cup to use for a funnel.

Cornhole bags
Fancy Schmancy funnel!

Filled each bag with two cups of corn–approximately 1 lb.

Cornhole bag

Cornhole bag

Cornhole bag

Cornhole bag

Triple top stitched the side with the opening. Done!  And ready for competition at the Al-La-Palooza!

 

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