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Sack Race Bags

Jazz up easy-to-make sack-race bags with fun painted stripes and designs.

Kids in a sack race with painted sacks

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Sewing machine
  • Tape measure
  • Painter’s tape
  • Spray adhesive
  • Painting supplies
  • Large piece of scrap cardboard
  • New or leftover paint as desired


  • 3-ft x 24-ft garden burlap, #119195

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Step 1

From the roll of burlap, cut 8-ft-long pieces. If the bags will be used several times by older children and adults, consider sewing double-thick bags. (Two burlap rolls will make three double-thick bags or six regular bags.)

Step 2

Fold over a 1-inch strip of burlap at one end and fold that edge over again. Pin the hem, press with an iron, and sew the hem. Repeat on the opposite end.

Step 3

Bring the two hems together at the top and sew the sides 1 inch in from the edge of the fabric to form the bags. Turn the bags inside out to place the hems and seams on the inside.

Step 4

Cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside the bag from edge to edge and top to bottom. (You can combine cardboard scraps with shipping tape, if necessary.) Slide the cardboard inside the sack to block paint on the inside from seeping through.

Step 5

Print out and assemble the number patterns on 11-in x 17-in paper. Then cut out the numbers. Tape around the outside of the bag 6 inches from the sides, top, and bottom.

Step 6

Apply spray adhesive to the back of a number pattern, let dry until it becomes tacky, and center it between the tape strips on the bag. Apply a light coat of paint between the tape strips, lift the burlap away from the cardboard to keep it from sticking, and let dry.

Step 7

On the opposite side, paint stripes, dots, or other freehand designs; let dry and then remove the cardboard. Repeat for the remaining bags.