How to Make a Hacky Sack or Footbag You'll need a little fabric and something to fill the bag with. For the fabric, you will need something sturdy. An old pair of denim jeans or corduroy pants would be perfect for the job. So long as the fabric is not too loosely woven. Hacky sacks take a lot of abuse, and you need fabric that's going to hold up to all the stress it's going to endure. Use Plastic pellets. They can be hard to find but JoAnn Fabric has them or you can use some from an old toy. Alternatively, you can fill your hacky sack with small dry beans, such as lentils, but I think the pellets hold up better and longer. The hacky sack you're going to make looks like a tennis ball or baseball. Using the light bulb shaped pattern, cut two pieces of fabric. The straight edge should be placed on a fold. After cutting them out, you are going to lay them with the right sides of the fabric together. Lay one piece horizontally in front of you, with the right side of the fabric showing. Lay the other piece on top of it vertically, with the wrong side of the fabric showing. The rounded part of the fabric on top should be in the "valley" of the fabric on the bottom. Begin sewing (1/4 inch seams) at the center point on the top, and work your way around the curves. This is rather tricky, because you will have to match up the curves which are going in different directions. Sew slowly and work your way almost the whole way around. Stop sewing when you see that you only have about an inch left to go. To make your hacky sack really strong, start at the beginning again and set your sewing machine to zig-zag. I use stitch width 6, and sew all the way around again, leaving that one inch space open. When you are done sewing, turn your hacky sack right side out and inspect the seams. It is very important that you have good sturdy seams. How to Make a Hacky Sack or Footbag To fill the hacky sack, you can use a funnel or a rolled up pick of paper in the shape of a funnel. Slide the bottom of the funnel into the one inch opening and pour some pellets in the top. Most "hackers" like the hacky sack filled about two-thirds full. Don't be tempted to fill it any more than three-fourths full. A full hacky sack doesn't work as well, and will not hold up for very long. When you have the pellets inside, it's time to sew the opening closed. Using a needle and thread, hand-sew the opening closed. It is usually a good idea to go back and forth three times and make frequent knots along the way. This seam has to be extremely tight, so it doesn't burst open when it is used. Remember, these things take a lot of abuse. Not only are they kicked around, but they get scraped along the pavement under shoes.
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