Shop NEW! Cotton Canvas Fabric Colors available at ShopNZP.comOne 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, Team NZP shares how to sew your own cornhole bags (or bean bags) and let the outdoor 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 quilting fabrics for your bean bags, be sure to underline the cotton squares with Cotton Canvas – for durability.

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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 using a Schmetz Denim Needle.
  • Stitch seams twice, or choose a double-stitch decorative built-in stitch on your sewing machine.
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  • “Wrap” the corners: Fold Canvas Fabric along the stitching line – at corner; pin.
  • Stitch seam starting at fold, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
  • Fold seam along stitching line and sew the remaining seam, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
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    In the following pressing steps, it’s helpful to press canvas bag envelope around a sleeve board. 

  • Press seam allowances open along top edge.
  • Using a scissorsgrade seam allowances, removing a small rectangles of fabric within the seam allowance. This helps reduce bulk within the seams. 

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

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  • Fill canvas bag with 15 oz. of corn.

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  • Pin pressed top 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 closed; 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 (scrap piece of fabric) to stitch the final seam. Reverse stitch on the fabric to secure the seam. Be sure to double stitch this seam! Then, clip away the anchor cloth.
Shop NEW! Cotton Canvas Fabric Colors available at ShopNZP.comWhat 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.
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Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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