Cornhole Bags, Carrier and Seat Cushions How To

10 Aug

Last year, Alisa, the daughter of friends of ours asked me to make some Ohio State cornhole bags to go with the boards she and her dad was making as a Christmas present for her husband. 

Alisa supplied the corn, fabric (dark and light gray canvas), and eight (8) Ohio State logo patches she bought online. 

For some reason, the clerk at the fabric store miscalculated how much fabric she needed for the bags and so she ended up buying way too much fabric. Not wanting her to be left with all of it, I decided to make a carrier for the bags and two seat cushions they could use when they went to the Ohio State football games. 

Alisa’s dad was helping her move the day she took these pictures. He was goofing around and asked her to take and send this picture to me…BIG MISTAKE, Tim. Here it is for EVERYONE to see!!!

I call it the MAD HATTER picture!!

How To Make The Cornhole Bags and Carrier

Cornhole Bags (8)

Finished size: 6” X 6”

1/2 yard of two different colored canvas or duck fabric (45” – 54” wide)

Matching thread

8 Iron on Logo patches (optional)

8 lbs feed corn (you can find it at Tractor Supply)

 1.  From each color of fabric, cut 8 – 7” X 7” squares

2.  If adding iron on patches, like the Ohio State logo, center them on the front of the squares, pin and stitch them in place along the edge, and then iron them.   Make sure you stitch them BEFORE ironing so the glue doesn’t gum up your needle.

3.  With right sides together, stitch 2 squares (one logo and one plain) together using 1/2” seam allowance, leaving a 4” opening at one side for turning.

4.  Turn right side out and press.

5.  Fill each bag with 2 cups of corn and pin opening closed.

6.  Top stitch 1/4” along all sides, double stitching the side with the opening.

Cornhole Bag Carrier

1/2 yard of outside and lining fabric (45” – 54” wide)

1 package piping

36” – 40” 1/2” extra wide double fold bias tape (for drawstring)

Heavy interfacing

Matching thread

1.  Cut 4 – 15” X 7 1/2” bag and 2 – 7 1/2” X 7 1/2” bottom pieces from the outside and lining fabric.

2.  With right sides together, stitch the sides of the 4 OUTSIDE bag pieces together using a 5/8” seam allowance. Press seams open.

3.  On the right side, pin piping 1/2” from the top edge and stitch using a zipper foot.

4.  With right sides together, stitch the sides of the 4 LINING bag pieces together using a 5/8” seam allowance. Press seams open.

5.  Insert LINING bag inside OUTSIDE bag, right sides together with seams matching. Using the piping stitch line as a guide, stitch both bags together along the top, stitching just outside the piping stitch line.

6.  Turn right side out, then push lining inside and press the top (piping) seam.

7.  Baste lining and outside bag bottom edges together 1/4”.

8.  Top stitch along the top of the bag 1/4”, then stitch 1” down from the top to form a 3/4” casing.

9.  To make the drawstring, stitch the open side edges of the bias tape together.

10.  On the outside of the bag, open one side seam (in the casing) and insert drawstring. Stitch through the casing side seam that’s opposite the drawstring seam so the drawstring can’t be pulled out. Trim the drawstrings, if needed, and tie each end in a knot.

11.  Apply interfacing to the wrong side of one bottom piece. With wrong sides together, zigzag the bottoms together along the edges.

12.  Clip through the 4 bottom seams of the bag 1/4”. Pin and stitch the bottom piece to the bag bottom (OUTSIDE fabrics together) using a 1/4” seam allowance.

13.  Clip the corners and zigzag seams to finish.

14.  Turn bag right side out.

How To Make Seat Cushions

FOAM

I made these seat cushions a little larger than the normal 14” X 14” cushions you can buy. I don’t recall the exact size, but they’re probably about 16” width X 15” deep X 2” high . I used 2” thick dense foam rather than the standard 1” thick foam. If you can’t find 2” dense foam, you can always glue two or even three 1” foam pieces together with spray adhesive. It works really good. 

FABRIC:

To determine how much fabric you’ll need to measure your foam pieces as follows: 

Add the width (16”), plus the height (2”), plus 1” = 19”. Then add the depth (15”), plus the height (2”), plus 1” = 18”. Based on these measurements you’ll need one 19” X 18” piece of fabric for top and back of the cushion. 1/2 yard of two different fabrics will make two cushions. 

PIPING (optional) 1 yard 

NYLON WEBBING (handle) 2 – 11” X 1” pieces

If you don’t have nylon webbing you can leave the handles off or make them from leftover fabric, measuring 12” X 2 1/2” each. Fold each strip in half right sides together and stitch along the long edge 1/4”. Turn right side out, press, baste ends closed, and top stitch 1/4” from each side.

1.   Stitch piping 1/2” along the two sides of the top cushion piece.

2.  On the right side of the top cushion piece, center and baste the handles in place. The spacing between the handle ends should be about 3”.

3.  With right sides together, stitch the top and bottom cushion pieces together 1/2 “ along each side, leaving the the wide side without the handle open about 14”.

4.  Clip corners. Press seams open. Press under opening seam allowance (1/2”).

5.  Box the corners:  At the corner, line up the side seam to the bottom seam to form a point. Flatten the folds with your fingers and pin.   Sew a 2” stitch line (width of foam) across the point. Trim seam to 1/4”.

6.  Repeat step 5 for the remaining 3 corners.

7.  Turn cushion right side out, insert foam and stitch opening closed.

 

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