How to Make a Punching Bag? [Easy Methods]

A punching bag is a round or tube-shaped part of athletic tools used by professional trainers and by amateurs for exercise. The bag can be used for many purposes, and it comes in different sizes.

The core use of the bag is to increase the strength and stamina of athletes and are mostly a tool used by martial art students to improve and perfect their techniques.

However, purchasing a punching bag from retail outlets can be a bit pricey, and this is one problem for many that are training on a budget. One way to have your bag is to make one yourself.

If perchance you are on a tight budget and buying a cheap punching bag seems a bit of a challenge, it shouldn’t mean you have to stop your using a homemade punching bag. To make a bag for your home use, there are lots of DIY tutorials you can invest in, and you will be able to create one that you can use and work just like the real bags you would have bought on amazon or any other sport store.

As many people begin to understand and appreciate the martial art sport and are investing money to buy a punching bag, the prices of these bags have skyrocketed.

However, because having a bag to work on your techniques and other numerous advantages of owning one, it is indeed a good idea to have a bag at home.

How to Make a Punching Bag for Your Home

To get started with making a punching bag for yourself, you will need some materials to accomplish your objective. Some of the materials include:

  • a durable sack
  • a plastic bag
  • filling materials
  • a hanger

With these materials at your disposal, even a kid will make a heavy bag without so much stress. Here are some tips on how to make your heavy bag that will be best suited for your usage.

Use A Bag Half Your Weight


The ideal bag to get the best result from your regular training is to use a bag that is almost half your weight.

For example, if your weight is 200 pounds, you will need filling equipment of say 80-100 pounds.

This way, your punching bag will not swing everywhere, nor will it be stationary when you are hitting it during your workout sessions.

Also, if you intend to train your cardio, it is recommended to go for a lighter tool, which will be suitable because it will make you move more as it swings here and there.

The size of the bag you will be using matters to your getting good results with your punching bag. As long as the bag can provide an excellent surface to practice your various punches, you are good to go.

While some people will prefer to use customized bags, if you are on a tight budget, you can use a seed or potato sack of about 40 inches or thereabout to make your punching bag.

The important thing here is that the bag should be strong enough to withstand your punches.

The bag you intend to use should be durable, and the material should be one that is easy to work with. The most commonly used material to get the job done include synthetic leather, canvas, and Vinyl.

Using leather fabrics would have been the best of them all, but purchasing leather for this project can be a bit expensive, and besides, it can be a bit difficult to work with.

But in any case, using a leather material would have been the best option if not for the price.

Sew it Together

Getting the bag ready is one thing; making sure the bag stick together to accommodate all the filling is essential. Using a needle and thread to sew the bag is not recommended in this case, no matter the materials you are using to make your punching bag. You can invest in an old sewing machine or find someone to help you sew the bag together.

When you sew the bag, turn the bag inside out to examine if all the seams are correctly welted and make sure there is no leak or weak spots.

Filling the bag

After you are done with sewing the bag, start filling it with stuff you think will fit into the bag. You can fill the bag with clothes, rags, or even pillows. Alternatively, you can use pillowcases filled with sand and use duct tapes to seal the cases properly and place the cases evenly in the bag.

Compress the pillows by using a weighty object or stamping on them and make sure the contents are densely packed. Ideally, its best to stop filling the duffel bag when its about 12 inches from the top.

The good thing about filling your bags with sand is that a punching bag filled with sand can be as good as mimicking the human body. Although you have different options to choose from when it comes to filling your bag, the lesson is to fill the bag so it will be the best suit for your regular usage.

If you want a hard-punching bag, you can fill it with clothes and sand, and if you want it lighter, you can use sawdust or form.

The key to making a good punching bag is to remember that the bag has to be controlled by your punches i.e., it has to respond when you hit it by swinging lightly and be heavy enough to take in the punches without swinging all over. So using old rags, sawdust will work well, including using dirt and sand, to make it stable.


To not make the bag lumpy, you can line some form or other soft material as an inner layer to the bag, this way it makes the surface of the bag smoother than when it is not lined.

Make sure to shake the heavy bag from side to side so the materials you use in filling up can even out. Once done, close the bag lid and tie the rope around it, looping the rope several times and secure it with a knot. Also, make sure you have part of the rope left out so you can use it in hanging the bag.

Use Duct Tape To Wrap

Another good thing to do is use the duct tape to wrap around the bag horizontally. To make sure people do not see what the content of the punching bag is, you need to loop the duct tape in such a way as to roll the tape over each other.

Continue to loop up the bag by fully covering the top, middle, and bottom of the bag.

Use The End Rope For Hanging

Use the remaining end of the rope you use to secure the lid of the bag to hang your homemade punching bag to the ceiling hook or any other place you have in mind to hang your bag. On the other hand, you can make your bag a standing punching bag by attaching to a stand.


Finding a decent place to hang your punching bag is one of the most critical parts of making a heavy bag at home. The reason is quite simple; you wouldn’t want to hand your bag where part of your ceiling will give out under the weight of the bag and fall on your head while you are training or hitting the bag.

So, since you are using a rope to hang the bag, it makes it easy to hang it on a beam or probably take it outside the house and hang it on a tree. However, the best way to enjoy your punching bag is to hang it on a sturdy beam using a hanger because the hanger will make it move/swivel easily.

Cost Of Making A Heavy Bag

To calculate how much you will spend on this homemade punching bag project will depend on individual preferences. For many people, they will have access to old clothes and fabric some will even have a duffel bag that they have no use of, and many people will have plenty of rags stock somewhere in the house.

On the other hand, these same materials might not be readily available for some people, and therefore they have to purchase it somehow.

Therefore if you have to buy the materials to make your punching bag, make sure they are materials that you will readily need.

So, even if you have to factor in the prevailing market rate for all that you will purchase, you’ll still save some money.

If you are on a tight budget and you need to put up your punching bag fast, this guide will guide you to making one at a very affordable price, and besides, it’s effortless as long as you have the materials on the ground.