jazzing up our cornhole game...

like many others around the country (+ the world), my family loves a good game of cornhole... after a few seasons of owning the game, our bean bags started to look a wee bit sad, even dispersing white powder when thrown... (i'm assuming whatever it was inside the bean bags has disintegrated... ) 

i decided it was time to upgrade said bags!

here, i offer a quick tutorial on cornhole bean bags - enjoy!
{ making these bean bags will take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to complete! }

the haberdasherie cornhole bean bags (15 of 15).jpg

to collect:

  • 6.5" x 12.5" rectangle of main fabric for each bean bag (i used cotton + steel's mystery food by sarah watts),
  • 6.5" x 12.5" rectangle of inner fabric of choice (i used white kona cotton),
    { you will need about a half a yd of the main fabric + a half yd of the inner fabric to make 4 bags }
  • 435 grams of pinto beans, per bag (just under 1 lb),
  • sewing machine + thread,
  • scale which measures in grams or pounds, 
  • chop stick, point turner or corner pusher,
  • rotary cutter, ruler, cutting mat, pins + fabric scissors (possibly a seam ripper! lol)
the haberdasherie cornhole bean bags (1 of 15).jpg

creating your bean bags

  • begin by cutting out your rectangles... lay your main fabric on top of your inner fabric and cut the two pieces simultaneously... your finished rectangles should measure 6.5" x 12.5".
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  • after cutting out your rectangles, with both fabrics lined up, one on top of the other, fold them in half the short way (a hamburger fold) - right sides facing inwards + pin all four layers together (see image below).
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  • begin sewing from one of the folded corners, using a 1/4" seam allowance (as seen in the top left corner of the pic below). 
  • continue sewing two + a half sides, leaving a few inches un-sewn to turn right side out (the fourth side will be the folded edge)(see below).
the haberdasherie cornhole bean bags (7 of 15).jpg

  • using your fabric scissors, snip the corners of your fabrics (see below).
the haberdasherie cornhole bean bags (8 of 15).jpg

  • turn your bean bag right side out, + using your point turner, corner turner or chop stick, push your corners out. 
    your bean bag will look like the image below!
    finished size = roughly 6" square
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  • it is now time to fill your bean bag!  turn on your scale + begin filling...
    our original bean bags, including fabric, weighed 435 grams... 
    at 435 grams, this size bean bag leaves plenty of room to sew your opening shut.
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  • once filled with beans, fold your un-sewn edges inward.  crease an edge + pin in place.
  • push all your beans towards the opposite end of the bean bag to ensure a flat surface for sewing.
the haberdasherie cornhole bean bags (12 of 15).jpg
  • beginning at the end of the bean bag that has already been sewn shut, sew a top seam roughly 1/4" - be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of the bean bag. 
    after sewing the 1/4" seam, repeat using a 1/8" seam, also backstitching at the beginning and end of the bean bag.
  • trim your threads + repeat, depending on how many bean bags you want to make! 
    { cornhole requires eight beanbags in total, four per team }

 personalize your cornhole game with custom bean bags... + decals! { our beach house vibe includes decals provided by our local realtor,  Alex Abad Real Estate Group  }

personalize your cornhole game with custom bean bags... + decals!
{ our beach house vibe includes decals provided by our local realtor, Alex Abad Real Estate Group }