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Post by Claymore on November 6th 2013, 1:35 pm

Sandbags are extremely handy to use as shooting rests or to weigh down the base of a temporary flag pole or basketball hoop or even to tie the base of a camp-fly to.

Being a Parachute Rigger, I'm fairly handy with a sewing machine, and was thinking of going to Wal-Mart to buy some blue tarps to cut & sew into sandbags.

However, I came up with a easier & cheaper solution.

Take a worn-out pair of blue jeans (or khakis) and cut the legs off.  Turn them inside out, and sew across one end to close the "tube".  Now turn it right-side out, and you can fill it 3/4 with sand, pea gravel, saw dust, wood chips, etc.  Take a shoe string or piece of parachute cord, wrap & tie the top, and you have a perfectly serviceable sandbag.

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Post by Phillip Gross on November 17th 2013, 9:18 pm

Good idea! I'll have to start keeping old pants for this.

I took an old t-shirt from on of my boys and created a drawstring bag out of it with the sewing machine. Turned out pretty well. It's great to reuse things any time you can.
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Post by Claymore on November 17th 2013, 10:16 pm

Thanks.

When you turn it inside out to sew the bottom, if you sew the unfinished (cut off) end, when you turn it right-side out, you will have a finished seam around the opening (unless the pant bottom was all frayed).

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