DIY Shooting Bag: How to Make Your Own At Home

If you like shooting, you need a shooting bag. You can opt to buy it from the local stores or make one on your own.

The latter is cheaper (and a great way to learn something new).

In this article, I am going to teach you how to make one yourself in the confines of your own home.

I’ll share with you TWO main methods on how to do it…

Method One

You will Need:

  • A pair of old pants
  • Scissors
  • 2 zipties
  • Pliers
  • Textile glue
  • Some rice


1. Get Old Pair of Pants

The first thing you do is look for an old pair of pants. And don’t look for just any pair of pants. Let them be made of hard material, something that can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Denim, for instance. Or camo wear – like a camo t-shirt or a camo pair of pants. My point – whatever you have available, so long as it’s good, tight, strong material like range bags.

2. Cut Pants’ leg and Tighten One Side with Zip Tie

Grab hold of one of the legs of the pants, and tie a zip tie around the knee.  You can use pliers, if you have them, to tighten the zip tie as much as possible. And if you have textile glue, you can apply it to the same. Not necessary, though, just being thorough.

Done that? Good. Now take your pair of scissors and use them to cut the pants’ leg just above the zip tie. Now you have the beginnings of your shooting bag. Put away the now ruined pair of pants – forget about them, their work is done.

3. Fill Your Shooting Bag with Rice

Do you have some rice in the house? About one packet of rice is good. Or rather, just enough rice to fill your shooting bag. Now pour the rice into the end of your shooting bag that you haven’t tied with a zip tie.

I have talked with different people, and watched DIY videos on this, and one thing sticks out: different people have different methods of making DIY shooting bags, but almost everyone of them uses rice. In other words, rice is tried and tested and proven. Sand is good too.

4. Tie the Other End with Zip Tie

Next, tie this loose end with the second zip tie. Use your scissors to cut off any excess material outside the zip-tied area. Repeat the same procedures as you did with the other side – pliers tightening and textile glue, if you have any. You should also cut off the excessively long ends of the zip ties.

5. Test Your New Homemade Shooting Bag

There you have it. I said it was easy. You now have a homemade shooting bag. Take it out and test it, see what you made  with your own two hands.

Method Two

You will need:

  • Pair of jeans
  • Scissors
  • Sandbox sand
  • Needle and thread
  • Plastic sandwich bag


This method is not unlike the one above. When it comes to making DIY shooting bags, the methods are many, but they have many threads of commonality.

1. Take the Old Pair of Jeans

So as in the other one, you take an old pair of denim pants. Again, as I said, you don’t have to limit yourself to denim pants – use what is available, so long as the material is tough and can withstand the wear and tear to which shooting bags are ordinarily subjected.

2. Cut a Tubular Piece of the Jeans’ Leg

Check to see if your jeans have rips or tears. The section you use to make your shooting bag should not have any holes in it. Now cut the leg of the jeans, leaving a tubular piece of about 10 inches. This tubular piece is what you will use to make your shooting bag.

3. Sew the End Shut

Next sew one side/end of the tubular piece. Sew it shut and sew it well. Make the stitches as close as possible. Ideally, you want it to be so tightly sewn that the wear and tear of regular use will not succeed in unraveling the thread.

4. Fill a Plastic Bag with Sand and Sew

Take about 8 ounces of sandbox sand and put it in a plastic sandwich bag and close the bag. Now take this plastic bag that’s full of sand and put it inside the 10-inch tubular piece you cut from your jeans’ leg.

Have you done that? Excellent. Next, do what you did with the other end. Sew it shut as well, and just as tightly.

5. Test Your Shooting Bag

That’s it. Another shooting bag, only using a different method, but same results

Method Three

You will Need:

  • Tall non-cotton sock
  • 2 lastic baggies
  • Bag filler – sand (heavy), rice, or commercial filler
  • Something to tie with


By now you already know the drill, and I am sure you can already guess the steps without reading the procedure just from glancing over the materials.

You are absolutely right. It’s the same procedure, different materials.

Do you have your non-cotton sock? I would prefer something that dries quickly. And the two plastic baggies should be the kind you get at the produce section of the grocery store.

Fill one plastic bag halfway with filler – that should be about 2 or 3 cups of rice, sand, or whatever you are using.

Use whatever you are using to tie the edges to tie the end of the bag.

Take the plastic baggie you have filled with sand and put inside the baggie that has nothing in it. Tie this baggie as well.

Now insert the baggie into the sock, tie off the top of the sock.

Easy. You have a shooting bag. Go out and test it.

Final Thoughts

Why spend your money on buying something expensive, which might not even last long enough to justify the expense, when you could just make it yourself? The attitude of the DIY pro. Using either of the above three models, you too can be a DIY pro.

These are simple and practical methods by which you can make a shooting bag instead of spending your money to buy one. . Choose the one you like most, depending on what you think is easy for you to do and what materials are available to you.

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