How to Sew Cornhole Bags – Free Sewing Tutorial

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How to Sew Cornhole Bags – Free Sewing Tutorial

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BeanBags NancyZieman Last 2One of America’s family’s favorite outdoor games goes by quite a few names; cornhole, tailgate, bean bag toss, doghouse, Baggo, or, just plain bags. What would the game be without festive, colorful bags? Today, learn how to sew your own cornhole bags (or bean bags) and let the games begin!

How to Sew Bean Bag/Cornhole Bags by Nancy Zieman

How to Sew Bean Bags for Cornhole or Bean Bag Toss

Using the following instructions, you’ll be able to create regulation-size bags as set by the American Cornhole Organization. If you’re going to play the game, you better be official!

Supplies, Notions, and Fabric

     If you opt to use novelty print cotton fabrics for your bean bags, perhaps to align with your favorite sports teams, be sure to underline the cotton squares with duck canvas for durability.

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  • For each bag, rotary cut two squares of fabric 7″ x 7″.

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  • Use the 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge to measure a 1/2″ hem on one edge of each square.
  • Press hem toward inside of square, prior to stitching edges.
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  • Match right sides and use a 1/2″ seam allowance to stitch one edge of the square.
  • Stitch seams twice, or choose a double-stitch decorative stitch for durability (we used Baby Lock 1-05).

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  • “Wrap” the corners: Fold the fabric along the stitch line at the bottom corner; pin.
  • Stitch the bottom seam starting at the fold, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
  • Fold the bottom seam along the stitch line and sew the remaining edge, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
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    In the following pressing steps, it’s helpful to press the bean bag envelope around a 2 x 4 Mighty Mini Board.

  • Press seam allowances open at the top edge.
  • Remove a small rectangle within the seam allowance to reduce bulk.

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  • Refold the 1/2″ pressed seam allowance.
  • Press again.

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  • Fill with 15 oz. of corn.

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  • Pin the pressed folded edges, placing pins parallel to the fold.
  • Optional: Use a hand sewing needle to sew a long basting stitch along the top edge, to hold the corn in place when you move to the sewing machine.

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  • Attach a Zipper Foot to your sewing machine.
  • Carefully sew the opening; removing pins as you stitch.

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  • Optional: Use Wonder Clips at this step for ease of pinning.

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  • Use an anchor cloth (starter piece of fabric) to stitch the final seam. Reverse stitch on the fabric to secure the seam. Then, clip away the anchor cloth.
BeanBags NancyZieman oWhat a great project combining sewing and backyard fun!
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Learn How to Build Your Own Cornhole Boards

Check out this blog and video on how to make the corntoss board, compliments of This Old House.
How to Build a Cornhole Game Set

To learn more about the game, visit the American Cornhole Organization website.

Wrapped Corner Tips

The wrapped corner technique detailed above is also featured in Nancy Zieman’s book, The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew or watch the demonstration online on Sewing With Nancy.


Watch The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew on Sewing With Nancy online.

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The randomly selected winner of a Fat Quarter Bundle of  Farmhouse Florals AND Shiplap Ahoy Quilt Pattern! from Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC on the June 26 post is Moe West.
Farmhouse Florals Quilt Pattern: Shiplap Ahoy Quilts by Nancy Zieman - Sewing With Nancy

Moe’s comment is: I like the blue and white quilt. The other colors really pop against that background.


Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Linda
    July 3, 2018

    I am making a quilted table topper for my round patio table. It has a hole in the middle like a tree skirt so the umbrella will fit into the stand. It will make my parties festive. Thank you for the chance to win. Happy fourth!

  • Shirley C
    July 3, 2018

    That book looks like a must-have for me as a busy grandmother keeping active kids busy all summer- sewing projects that are fast and easy to make.

  • Anne Z.
    July 3, 2018

    I am working on several projects. First, I am designing and sewing a quilt using the Storm at Sea block. I am also making cosmetic bags for Christmas gifts for the ladies in my family.

  • Sandi C
    July 3, 2018

    Our industrial arts class makes corn hole games to sell as a fundraiser and kids in my sewing class have made the bags. I enjoyed reading the directions for making the bags. we usually left a hole at the top to pour in the corn and then closed it. Next time, we’ll try this method to see which we like best. Thanks!

  • diane c
    July 3, 2018

    I am making baby thing for my new grandchild

  • Max
    July 3, 2018

    A summer picnic quilt, table runner and place mats to add to the summer gatherings.

  • Susan Spiers
    July 3, 2018

    Four WIP that need to be sewn together & quilted! Will be gifted for family at Christmas!

  • Janice Ringer
    July 3, 2018

    I plan to see some fruit and veggie themed placemats.

  • Clovis
    July 3, 2018

    Summer is good for making Christmas gifts. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Alice Lammly
    July 3, 2018

    With the beautiful weather outside I spend more time gardening than sewing…but on these HOT days and when I need a change of pace – it is up to my studio and a great time to work/ finish my “I’ll Finish this Later Basket”.

  • Carol
    July 3, 2018

    I plan to sew some easy doll clothes for my granddaughter’s 18” doll.

  • Sandy
    July 3, 2018

    Perfect timing, just planning to make corn hole game and now have bag directions. Doll clothes, placemats, valances, baby quilts and etc. on summer sewing list.

  • Kathryn Englebretsen
    July 3, 2018

    I need some new shorts and a couple of tops. I hope I get these sewn in time to wear them.

    July 3, 2018

    Love the Cornhole bag instructions. Thank you.

  • OrahLee
    July 3, 2018

    I “plan” to sew up some summer shorts and breezy tops. Shorts scraps make good corn hole bag fabric. Waste not want not.

  • Janet johnson
    July 3, 2018

    I plan to sew a couple of summer tops and shorts to match.

    If you make the bean bags a bit smaller, they make great bags to learn to juggle with. Kids love them.

  • MoeWest
    July 3, 2018

    I’m just starting a heart-shaped backpack for a little girl.

  • Kit Ritter
    July 3, 2018

    Working on a strip/string quilt. then on to a quilt for a new great grand baby! Made some corn hole bags with two other great grands a couple of years ago. A fond memory. We all had fun!

  • Martha
    July 3, 2018

    Next project is to make a BBQ apron & placemats for a hunting enthusiast and his bride-to-be!

  • Julie M.
    July 3, 2018

    I’ll be making a few BBQ aprons for the Grill Master in our family. We love to play cornhole, too. So now I’ll have to look for more fabric to make custom bags. Darn! 😉 Thank you for posting these instructions.

  • Bonnye
    July 3, 2018

    I am making a table runner for a wooden table that I just oiled.

  • Gail Beam
    July 3, 2018

    My granddaughter wants me to make some new covers for some chairs she is taking to college and my daughter wants me to make some curtain toppers out of an extra bed skirt for her bedroom windows to match the new bed set she just bought. Love all of Nancy’s tips and would Love to win this book on The Easiest Way to Sew!!.

  • Sha-Leine
    July 3, 2018

    I am sewing purses right now, and clothes…and maybe when I need a break from that I will do some quilting.

  • beth d.
    July 3, 2018

    I am working on birch tree quilt blocks.

  • Beverly
    July 3, 2018

    I will be finishing some quilts this summer, but also have pulled out some patterns and fabrics to make some great new blouses for summer.

  • Bonnie
    July 3, 2018

    I am making a colorful table runner and matching placemats for the summer.

  • Joan
    July 4, 2018

    I will be sewing a summer wall hanging and then a dinosaur baby quilt as my projects. Also 1st tee shirt with granddaughter.

  • Teresa Williams
    July 4, 2018

    I love making table runners and table toppers. They are quick, easy to make and give me a feeling of accomplishment.

  • Sue Camino
    July 4, 2018

    What a great “must have” book. I am newly retired and will start my long awaited goal of getting back into sewing again using my many collected boxes of fabric. This would be a great refresher book for me, touching on everything from darts to zippers etc.

  • Harriet Wetherell
    July 4, 2018

    I sew for family and charity. It fills my heart to see others receive my sewing projects. Stockings for veterans,blankets for Hope to Others for African babies fighting hyperthermia, care bags to Putting Prayers to Action for children in Appalachia and my church group Prayers and Squares. All these groups were sent to me by Nancy’s TV show and I sew everyday. Seventy-five this July and sewing keeps you busy and useful. Start small and learn from Nancy.

  • Stephanie Carlsen
    July 4, 2018

    My summer project is a table cover and chair seats for my patio.

  • judy
    July 6, 2018

    Some capri pants for myself, table toppers for siblings, fun projects for the great grandaghters in learning to sew.

  • Lorie
    July 6, 2018

    This is my summer for UFOs. I also am working on holiday table runners/mug rugs for Christmas already. Never seems to be enough time no matter how early I start!

  • Susan
    July 6, 2018

    Great project shown for summer fun! Plan to work on holiday projects for gift giving.

  • Rebecca Price
    July 8, 2018

    I’m planning to make a teddy bear from blankets used on the baby, as a token of remembrance. I have done two of these, and they seem to be very well liked by the young ones receiving the bears. This one was requested by my daughter-in-law’s brother (in Arkansas). I’m in Florida. I love these projects.

  • Jean Long
    July 12, 2018

    Right now I am working on a charity quilt for auction and have several baby quilts to make for charity. I broke up the piecing with making a dress but it has been so long since I made some clothes for myself. I think I need a refresher course.

  • Home decore
    October 27, 2018

    I’m just starting a heart-shaped backpack for a little girl.

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