How to Sew Cornhole Bags – Free Sewing Tutorial
One 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 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
- 12 oz. duck canvas, 1/4 yard each of two colors
- Quality feed corn, 15 oz. for each corn bag (or use 15 oz. dried beans)
- Zipper foot
- Optional: 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge
- Optional: Clover Point 2 Point Turner
- Optional: Wonder Clips
- For each bag, rotary cut two squares of fabric 7″ x 7″.
- 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.
- 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).
- “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.
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.
- Refold the 1/2″ pressed seam allowance.
- Press again.
- Turn the bag right side out.
- Use the Point 2 Point Turner to push out the corners.
- Fill with 15 oz. of corn.
- 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.
- Attach a Zipper Foot to your sewing machine.
- Carefully sew the opening; removing pins as you stitch.
- Optional: Use Wonder Clips at this step for ease of pinning.
- 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.
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