With all of the time at home, we have realized that a punching bag makes a great tension reliever.  So here are 2 versions of our punching bag, a No-Sew Punching Bag and a Sewn Punching Bag.

No-Sew Punching Bag

Materials

  • Old pillowcase
  • Rope or thicker ribbon (about 6 feet or more)
  • Ruler or yardstick
  • Scissors
  • Old clothes that you don’t wear much to fill it with (You can always take these out and use them, if you need to.)

Step 1: Gather your supplies.

Get your pillowcase, ribbon and old clothes.

Cut the ribbons into 3 foot lengths.

Step 2: Cut 2 small slits.

On the inside of the pillowcase underneath the hem (the folded end of the pillowcase), mark 2 little “X” on either side of the seam. 

Cut 2 small slits.

Step 3:  Cut 4 more small slits.

Cut 4 more slits under the hem about 6 inches from each end.  So there will be 2 slits on each side of the pillowcase, plus the 2 near the edge of the seams, for a total of 8 slits all the way around the pillowcase, just under the hem.

Step 4:  Pull ribbon through slits.

Take one of the ribbons (3 feet) and start at the slit near the end seam and pull it in and out the next 3 slits until you get to the other end of the pillowcase. 

Then repeat on the other side, leaving 2 ends of each ribbon hanging out on each side.

Step 5:  Fill with clothes and tie it up!

Fill with old clothes, pull the strings all together, and tie the strings near the ends. 

I recommend taking all 4 ends and tying an overhand knot.

Hang in a tree and you are ready to punch, kick, or hit the bag!

USE CAUTION:  We had to take turns so we didn’t hit each other accidentally.  Bring it in when it rains!

Sewn Punching Bag

Materials

  • Heavy fabric about 36 in by 33 in (We used an old curtain.)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Ruler or yardstick
  • Rope or thick ribbon (about 6 feet or more)
  • Safety pin

Step 1:  Find some heavy fabric.  

If you do not have a curtain or some fabric with a hem already sewn in, sew a hem of about an inch at the top of your fabric.

Step 2:  Cut your fabric. 

We cut ours to 36 inches wide (folded over was 18 inches) by 33 inches long.

Step 3:  Fold the fabric and sew.

Fold the fabric with the outside showing.  Make sure the folded fabric measures at least 18 inches wide and at least 33 inches long. 

Sew 2 sides of the rectangle only: the bottom of the fabric and the side opposite the fold.

Step 4:  Cut slits in the hem.

Cut small slits in the inside of the hem in 2 places directly across from one another.

Step 5:  Cut the ribbon and pull through the slits.

Cut the ribbon or rope into 3 foot pieces and pull through the slits on each side.

You should have 2 ends sticking out of each of your 2 slits.

Note:  We used a safety pin to help get the ribbon through the hem.

Step 6:  Fill with clothes and tie it up!

Fill with old clothes, pull the strings all together, and tie the strings near the ends. 

I recommend taking all 4 ends and tying an overhand knot.

Hang in a tree.

Go to town punching or kicking your new bag!  

USE CAUTION:  We had to take turns so we didn’t hit each other accidentally.  Bring it in when it rains!

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Posted by:Karen Riley

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