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How to Make Cornhole Bags

Description

If you have ever been to a tailgate party, brewery, Fall football game or picnic, you have probably seen cornhole being played. Cornhole is a popular game (similar to horseshoes), played using two sets of bags, two platforms and up to four players on two teams. With its popularity, we are often asked how to make cornhole bags.

Cornhole is great for all ages and easy to carry with you to your next outing. At Canvas ETC, we encourage people to take part in the DIY trend and make their own household items. This includes your very own game of cornhole.

How to Make Cornhole Bags with Cotton Duck Fabric

Check out our video tutorial on how to create your own cornhole bags. This easy project is perfect for even a beginner. Just make sure you have your tools handy for this quick project.

What You Need to Make DIY Cornhole Bags:

Product List

Rotary Cutters

Straight Pins

Marking Pen

Straight Edge

Self-Healing Cutting Mat

Other Supplies (to be purchased from your local craft store)

10 oz Red Duck Cloth

Sewing Thread (Bonded Polyester T69)

Cornhole Bag Filling – How to Make Cornhole Bags

There are two common fillings for cornhole bags: corn and pellet filling.

  • Corn Filling: Traditional cornhole bag players prefer to stick with an equally traditional filling. Corn filling requires that the bags get broken in over time. Over time, the corn breaks down, leaving a fine dust behind. This helps them slide more easily on the platform. While this is a popular filling, it does have its downsides. The natural corn can suffer from decay and mold if not cared for properly. If you plan on children being the predominant players of your cornhole game, the pellet option might be best.
  • Pellet Filling: Plastic filling is a great alternative to corn filling. It does not break down, mold or attract rodents. If you lay the bags in the sun, they will dry out easily. Pellet filled bags do not require the breaking in time that corn filled bags do. In the end, it is all about user preference.

A Brief History of Cornhole

There is not a sure and certain inventor of the cornhole, but in 1883, a patent for a game called Parlor Quoits shows what appears to the modern version of cornhole. The only differences that the board featured a square hole instead of a round one. It was similar to horseshoes. The benefit of cornhole, however, was that it could be played indoors.

The rights were sold to a Massachusetts toy maker, and was then sold as a board with two different holes that had point values.

Cornhole Makes a Great Gift

Cornhole bags are a great gift for someone new to the sport. Bags can be customized by color and even embroidered for the person. If you know someone who loves playing cornhole or just enjoys lawn games, consider making a set of custom cornhole bags for them.

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