How to Make Cornhole Bags


If you're looking for a fun outdoor game for summer, chances are you're considering cornhole. Cornhole is a tossing game in which teams of two compete, trying to throw fabric bean bags into a hole on a wooden board. If you're on a budget, making your own cornhole bags is a simple project You'll just need a few supplies and basic sewing skills.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 yard of Color A duck canvas or other outdoor fabric 
  • 1/2 yard of Color B duck canvas or other outdoor fabric  
  • Ruler 
  • Fabric scissors 
  • Pins 
  • Sewing machine  
  • Thread to match Color A and Color B fabric 
  • Pencil (optional)
  • Sewing needle  
  • 8 pounds of feed corn or other filler of your choice  

Step 1

Cut the fabric into eight 7-inch squares of Color A and eight 7-inch squares of Color B. Note that the regulation size for cornhole bags is 6 inches square. This will be the finished measurement after you sew the bean bags.

Step 2

Place two squares of Color A fabric right-sides together. Pin around the square to hold in place.

Step 3

Thread the sewing machine with thread to match the Color A fabric. Sew a straight stitch using a 1/2-inch seam allowance starting about 1 inch from any corner and ending 2 inches from where you began sewing. You should have a seam around three sides of the square, with a 2-inch opening on one side of the square for filling later.

Step 4

Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the remaining squares of Color A fabric; then repeat steps 2 and 3 with the eight squares of Color B fabric. You should have a total of 8 bean bags when you are finished sewing.

Step 5

Turn each bean bag right-side out, using a pencil to poke the corners out if necessary.

Step 6

Fill each bean bag with 1 pound of feed corn or other filler of your choice.

Step 7

Thread a sewing needle with thread. Sew the open gap of each bean bag with small running stitches to close.


    • If you do not have access to a sewing machine, you can sew the cornhole bags by hand with a needle and thread. Just be sure that you are using short, even stitches to make the bags as durable as possible.
    • Use a sewing needle that's appropriate for heavier outdoor fabrics; otherwise, the needle may break in the machine.

Choosing Bean Bag Fillers

When it's time to fill your bean bags, you have several different options depending on your needs and who will be playing the cornhole game.

Feed Corn

Best for: Players who want to go the traditional route

Feed corn is the traditional filler, giving the cornhole game its name. If you've ever played with a feed corn bean bag, you may have also noticed that the feed corn causes dust to rise from the bag. This is the corn breaking down inside the bag, which also allows the bag to slide across the cornhole board.

Plastic Pellets

Best for: Players who want cornhole bags to last longer

Plastic pellets are available in a size similar to feed corn; however, plastic pellets won't break down like corn. Plastic pellets are also resistant to water, mold and insects, making the bean bags last longer.

Dried Beans

Best for: Players on a budget

Beans are an inexpensive option for filler. If you decide to use dried beans for your bags, choose a bean that is similar in size to corn such as baby lima, pinto or split pea.


  • Dried beans will attract unwanted pests such as insects. If you fill your cornhole bags with beans, consider storing the bags indoors in a sealed container when you're not using them.

Dry Rice

Best for: Young players who need a lighter bag

Like dried beans, rice is an inexpensive filler. Rice's light weight will result in a bag that's much easier to throw than one filled with corn, making it ideal for small children to play with.

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