16 March 2011


Well, GuemesFest 2011 is this weekend, which means lots of bacon, white russians, beer, kubb, extreme croquet, night-light bocce, and CORNHOLE!! Which means it is high time I get around to making some new cornbags, as the last set is around 3 years old, and has been limping along, accompanied by a patch kit, for the last year and a half.

Previous to this, I have filled my cornbags with the cheapest popcorn I could find at the grocery store. This time I'm doing it up proper and got whole feed corn. Fifty pounds of feed corn, which is the smallest quantity the feed store sells. If I'm bringing raging GMOs into the house, I'm bringing lots. 

Would you all like a cornbag tutorial? Competition specs are that they measure 6x6", and weigh between 14 and 16 ounces, according to the American Cornhole Association. This go, I tried some new stitching techniques, which hopefully won't blow out as fast. 

In the past, I have made bags with denim, and heavy decorative canvas. All the bags looked the same, so half were marked with dots, so that the teams were Dots and Nots. This time, I have Team Jean and Team Carhartt/Kavu. Actually, Team Jean is half Carhartt denim, and half Levis denim, but seeing as how the Carhartt/Kavu team features traditional Carhartt brown, it receives the appellation. Cornhole is played with 4 bags per team, but I made an extra of each. In case a bag needs to go into the ICU mid-game, play can go on with the spare.

 And below, we have an example of each: Levis, Kavu, Carhartt denim, Carhartt brown duck (aged, of course). And the honorary lone survivor from the last batch.

If you play cornhole, and want a new set of bags, I still have around 40 pounds of corn left! Give me your old pants whose legs are fairly solid, and I'll hook you up. If you don't play cornhole, you should. It's one of those spectacular games where you can hold a beer in your hand all game long. All you need is a sheet of plywood (or old apple boxes, in the case of my first set), a couple of two-by twos, and a 2x4, along with 16 pounds of corn, and some strong cloth. You can buy boards and/or bags, but that's just silly. Make your own. Do it. DOOooo it.
How's that for an exciting post?