Bean bag games have become very popular for people of all ages and backgrounds. Similar to horseshoes, teams or individual players compete by throwing or tossing small bean bags at their opponent’s board to score the most points.
A bean bag toss game can be purchased for less than $100 bucks, but if you are handy, they can also be made fairly easily. Essentially, there are 2 game boards each made of plywood that constitute the targets. These boards are about 24 inches wide and about 36 to 48 inches long. Each game board is angled at a slight forward pitch. This creates a bit of challenge for the bag tosser when trying to keep the bag on the game board. If the bag slides onto the ground, the team will not receive a point toward their goal.
“Corn holes” are cut into the top and positioned vertically or staggered across the board. These holes are the targets that the opponent shoots for to try and score more points. Holes can be range from 4 to 6 inches in diameter. The smaller the hole, the more challenging it becomes.
Once the game boards have been made, the next step is to make the bean bags. Start by selecting the basic fabric you want to use for your bean bag. You can recycle old blankets, shirts or even an old pillow case can be used.
You can also purchase material from the local craft or department store. Either way, the fabrics can range from common cotton or polyester blends to softer materials like fleece or flannel.
Once you decide on the fabric, cut them into 4 to 6 inch squares. Each bag will need 2 square pieces cut for each side. You will need a total of 8 squares for 4 bags. The next step is to find the right size beans to fill the inside. You can find standard dried beans at the local grocery store. Some people will use dried feed corn instead of beans for more mold resistance.
After the squares have been cut and the filler beans have been obtained, the next step is to sew the sides of each bag together. You want to make sure you use the strongest thread available and do a double stitch process to even more strength to help prevent the bags from tearing open during play. Sew all sides together leaving one side with about a 2 inch opening. Place a small funnel into the hole and add your bean or corn material to the bag. You should fill each bag about 2/3 full but be careful not to overfill.
You are now ready to try out your new bean bag toss game. Enjoy!