Sew Your Own Denim Cornhole Bean Bags

Sew Your Own Denim Cornhole Bean Bags

In my quest to save money, entertain the kids, blog, and rid myself of my husband’s rather large pile of unwanted jeans, I was trying to find creative ways to upcycle denim.  Upcycling?  What’s that?  It’s a trendy way of reusing or repurposing old items, thus giving the item a new life, and saving resources and the environment in the process.  Yay, upcycling!  I already upcycled some of the denim into a cute patriotic banner (tutorial here) and, now that we have a new cornhole game board (tutorial here), we needed cornhole bags, and I thought the denim would be a good choice since it holds up well in the outdoor elements.  Denim cornhole bean bags it is!

This is a super quick tutorial and takes very little sewing ability.  Really!  It does take a sewing machine though, so dig that dusty, old machine outta the back 40 of your closet, try to remember how to thread it, and get ready for a little Sewing 101.

1.  Snag some old denim jeans.  Use a ruler to mark and measure a total of 6 ~ 5 X 5 inch squares on one side of the pant leg.

2.  Cut out the denim squares with a sharp pair of scissors through both sides of the pant leg, rendering you 2 pieces of denim fabric.

3.  Line up the edges and sew around the denim square with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, forming a pocket.  When you begin, place the fabric an inch from the first bottom edge to be sewn.  Sew around all 4 corners but only sew an inch down the last side.  This will leave you with a 2 inch opening on one side the square.

4.  Fill the bags with corn.  At first, I was trying to hold the bags with one hand and pour with the other.  MESSY!  Then I used my brain and placed the bag in a small bowl to hold it upright so I had both hands free to guide the corn seeds in.  It also caught any renegade seeds that tried to escape the cornhole bag.  Pin the bags shut to prevent further spillage.

5.  Sew each bag shut using the same 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Be sure to back sew at the beginning and end of each seam to keep it from unraveling later.

6.  Fray the edges with scissors by firmly gripping the cornhole bag and running the scissors along the edge of the bag in short 1 inch drags.  This gives the bags that summer denim short cutoff look and as the bags are used in game play, they will continue to fray and look better and better.  Just like that favorite pair of denim cutoffs you used to own as a teen.

The cornhole bags are now ready to get used and abused and look trendy, durable, and on point as they do.  Switch out the corn seed and use rice or beans, but not cooked rice and beans.  Use your brain people, like I did.  Now, go grabs you some denim and go get yawls’ cornhole on!  Hee haw!

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  1. Cornhole is a staple game of summer, at least here in the Midwest. As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to pull out the boards and bags and let the games begin! Over a season, cornhole bags see a lot of wear and tear. If your bags look past their prime or you’re building a new cornhole set, sewing new bags is an easy do-it-yourself project.

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