Retread Your Threads: Cornhole DIY

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Fun for Friday = A new Retread Your Threads DIY! This is a great weekend project and one that will help you get ready for that first Spring BBQ!

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Last Summer, my husband and I bought a travel version of the popular lawn game, cornhole. We’d both played plenty of times before on vacations and at friends houses, but felt it was time to have one of our own for some good Summer BBQ entertainment. I’ll admit that our game is not high quality. It’s not ‘regulation size’ and the bags that came with it feel chalky and flimsy. To get ready for a new Summer of BBQs and get togethers, I knew that it needed a bit of a facelift. Step 1? New bags!

In the spirit of Earth Month and our Retread Your Threads series, I made new cornhole bags out of 3 different shirts that we had kicking around in our Goodwill pile. The project is super easy, fast and results in hours of fun!

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Materials & Tools
3 old shirts (I used two print & one solid)
Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®
Pellon® 931TD Fusible Midweight
Popcorn Kernels
Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
Iron & Ironing Board
Thread
Circle & Star Templates — download here

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Cutting Instructions
Cut eight 5″ x 5″ squares of solid shirt
Cut four 5″ x 5″ squares of each printed shirt
Cut sixteen 5″ x 5″ squares of Pellon® 931TD Fusible Midweight
Cut four 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ squares of each printed shirt
Cut eight 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ squares of Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®

*Please note that since we’re using a travel-sized version of the game, I chose to make my bags a bit smaller. If you’re using a larger board, you’ll want to cut 7″ x 7″ & 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ squares.

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Following manufacturer’s  instructions, fuse Wonder-Under® to wrong side of 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ printed squares. Fuse the 5″ x 5″ squares of 931TD to the wrong sides of all 5″ x 5″ fabric squares.

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Using the templates provided, trace the circle onto the paper side of all four 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ squares of one printed fabric and trace the star onto the paper side of the 4 squares of the other. Cut out the shapes and remove the paper-backing of the Wonder-Under®. (Tip: I like to lightly score the paper of the Wonder-Under® with a pin to help in peeling off the paper backing.)

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Center the shapes onto the solid 5″ x 5″ squares and fuse in place. Finish with a zig-zag stitch around the edges.

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Place circle squares right sides together with coordinating fabric squares & pin. Place star squares right sides together with coordinating fabric squares & pin. Stitch around all 4 sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 3″ gap on one side for turning. Trim threads and clip corners.

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Turn squares right side out through gap and carefully push out corners. Press.

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Fill each bag with about 6oz. of popcorn kernels. Pin opening closed and topstitch about 1/8″ from edge to secure the gap closed.

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Admire your work and get ready for some cornhole!!

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This project was created and sewn by Erin @ Pellon®. It was inspired by the Retread Your Threads series, and the lovely Jenelle Montilone of TrashN2Tees. For more projects in this series, see links below.

Denim Cylinder Sleeve by TrashN2Tees
Triangle Tee by Pellon®
T-Shirt Trays by TrashN2Tees

For more repurposing information, check out our Pinterest board here.

Coming Up: A brand new project from TrashN2Tees on Monday, April 22 — Earth Day!!

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