i should be mopping the floor: DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags

Thursday, August 31, 2017

DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags

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These DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags are perfect for tailgating and football season. In the south, we always pull out the cornhole boards...especially at a tailgate par-tay! These would be fun to make in your team's colors, too. 

DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags | Make your own fun and colorful cornhole bags with this simple tutorial.
All of the cornhole or bean bags I found to use with our cornhole boards were a little on the blah side. Since I gave our actual boards a fun makeover at the beginning of the summer (see that post here), I wanted to create some colorful regulation cornhole bags to coordinate. Check out this tutorial below.

DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags | Make your own fun and colorful cornhole bags with this simple tutorial.
Aqua is slowly creeping out of my home's decor and all the way to the yard.
I mean...these boards were just screaming for cute bags, no?

DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags | Make your own fun and colorful cornhole bags with this simple tutorial.
As you can see, some of them have a denim back fabric to make them a bit sturdier.

DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags | Make your own fun and colorful cornhole bags with this simple tutorial.
For this tutorial, I used some fabric scraps from this colorful Riley Blake Fat Quarter set (grab it on Amazon here). I also grabbed some Mod Podge Stiffy. This was optional, but I lightly brushed my fabric with it before beginning the project. Traditional cornhole bags are made of duck cloth to help them stand up to the elements. Since I used a regular weight cotton fabric, the stiffy made them a little closer to a duck fabric (but I still store them inside when not in use). I also grabbed some dry corn and coordinating thread. I did an exterior seam on my bags, so your thread color will show on these. 

DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags | Make your own fun and colorful cornhole bags with this simple tutorial.
Cut your fabric into 7.5"x7.5" squares (two squares per bag). Place right sides together to sew.

DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags | Make your own fun and colorful cornhole bags with this simple tutorial.
Continuously sew only THREE sides of the bag using a basic stitch on your machine (as pictured above). Clip your two corners that are sewn on both sides (this makes for cleaner corners once we flip this thing right side out).

DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags | Make your own fun and colorful cornhole bags with this simple tutorial.
Turn right side out and gently push out your corners. I use the slanted end of a cuticle stick (super carefully, you don't want to poke right through) and poke out the corners to a nice, crisp point.

DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags | Make your own fun and colorful cornhole bags with this simple tutorial.
Place your bag into your kitchen scale and fill with corn. 
The entire bag (fabric and contents) should weigh exactly 16 ounces.

DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags | Make your own fun and colorful cornhole bags with this simple tutorial.
Once it's filled, turn in the open seam 1/2" to sew. You'll actually sew that side closed (on top) and then sew around the entire perimeter with 1/2" seam allowance.

DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags | Make your own fun and colorful cornhole bags with this simple tutorial.
The above photo should give you a better idea of how I sewed around the entire perimeter.

DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags | Make your own fun and colorful cornhole bags with this simple tutorial.
Give them a coat of Scotchgard to protect them a bit.
And remember not to leave outside when not in use...squirrels love these. 

DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags | Make your own fun and colorful cornhole bags with this simple tutorial.
So much more bright and fun than the standard cornhole bags from the sports store.


DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags | Make your own fun and colorful cornhole bags with this simple tutorial.
Let's play, y'all!





6 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I love it!

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  2. we enjoy playing yard games like this. Today saw an indoor game of this that really sparked my interest. thanks for sharing
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  3. We just played cornhole this afternoon. I often think about making a set for our yard. Thanks for sharing on #HomeMattersParty

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  4. This is really GREAT! I love the colors you selected, it makes me want to play the game :). We don't own corn hole, but I'm thinking we need to add this to our backyard!!
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  5. Thank you for sharing this post at The Pin Junkie link party. Some of our Cornhole bags are falling apart - we have them in baggies! Anyway, this is definitely a post that we needed>

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