As a quick recap, I call it bean bag toss because that’s what I was told it was called. Seems that online, the name Cornhole is a lot more popular. It’s a very fun and popular game (check out the rules here), and it resembles horseshoe throwing. Although you can go out and buy yourself a bean bag toss game set (bean bags and platform and all), if you have the tools and material, you easily make these yourself – or at the very least, the bean bags. In my instructions, I’ve used popping corn as a filler because that’s what I had lying around the house, but you can fill these with dried corn or beans (follow the same instructions to be make heating packs but use rice instead!).
Sewing-wise, each bag only takes a couple of minutes, I’ve made a video walkthrough to guide you through the process!
How to make a Bean Bag for Bean Bag Toss
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0:05 The Machine
You’ll notice that I’m not using the Ikea Sewing Machine from my previous post. The reason was because I already had my workstation one setup. For those that are interested, the sewing machine that I used use when I sewed professionally (and the one you can see here) is a Juki. The biggest difference between the professional machines and domestic ones are that the professional ones have much stronger motors and have features such as automatically cutting the thread.
0:10 Anchoring stitch
You can see me do an anchoring stitch by stitching a bit, then stitching backwards for a couple of stitches then going forward again. This strengthens stitches making sure it does not come out of the fabric.
0:42 Sewing the final edge
I sew about 1/3 of the way down the fourth edge, I then stitch an anchoring stitch and then cut the thread (usually you cut the thread the manually, but my machine does it for me).
0:52 Insider tip: Pointy corners
This is how I get pointy edges in bean bags (actually in garments as well). This step is optional, and you only do it on three of the four corners (you don’t do it on the corner with the opening), but it leads to much pointier corners than normally possible. A simple anchoring stitch is all that is needed.
1:15 Turn the bean bag inside out
Turn the bean bag inside out, from the furthest corner first, if you’ve done the previous step, you’ll find that you won’t need to use a pencil to push out the corners to get that really square look.
1:50 Fill the bean bag
Remember that for each bean bag, you need to fill it so that the bean bag weighs 1lb each I’ve used popping corn here in my video because it was handy, but most people recommend using plastic pellets as they tend to last longer.
1:57 Sew the final edge
Now that your bean bag is full, it’s time to sew the final edge. This is the fiddliest pit of the project. Sometimes I find it easier to use pins to hold the bean bag together whilst I sew it up, or as you can see in the video, you can simply fold over the final edges and hold it together by hand and little by little sew it together. You can see that I start off and end using the anchoring stitches to make sure that those sides are fully closed. When sewing the final edge, try to sew as close as possible to the edge. Don’t worry if you’re concerned about the strength of that stitch on that corner, 1/3 of that edge ends up having a double stitch so it’s actually the strongest seam on the bean bag.
2:22 Watch out for the stray filling!
Luckily only a few kernels here and there won’t make any difference to the final product. Remember to finish off on an anchoring stitch as well so that the edge is nice and strong!
Now you’re done, congratulations on sewing your first bean bag for bean bag toss! Only 7 more to go….
I hope you’ve found this video tutorial useful. You’ll find that a lot of the techniques used on smaller bean bags are also applicable on bean bag chairs as well and just change the filler if you want to make a heating pad (don’t use popping corn for this!).
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