Are you one of the creative folks who like to practice boxing or mixed martial arts but wouldn’t want to buy ready-made equipment? You have landed at the right place. Here, we’ll explain how to make your own punching bag with household material. Do-it-yourself is a great way to get what you want, and we imagine that DIY lovers have a lot of tools.
Before starting to work on your DIY punching bag, make sure you have read the article thoroughly and have the correct and adequate material handy. If you do not, this process, which generally takes just about an hour, would end up stretching to multiple days while you figure out the missing tools or material.
What do you need to make a punching bag?
Here is the set of pliers that would help you. You may buy this for a very nominal price. Click here to check on Amazon.
Do-it-yourself has the advantage of reusing material that’s no longer useful. It is environment-friendly too. Get yourself the following items:
- A pair of jeans (not torn on the thigh portion)
- Old clothes that you intend to discard. Soft garments like t-shirts and trousers work better. We’ll tell you how.
- Metallic wire rope (about 10-15 inches)
- Nylon rope (2-4 meters)
- PVC pipe (1” diameter), about 4 feet
- A stick to beat and consolidate the sand
If you intend to make a lot of punching bags, you can have a PVC pipe in your inventory. Buy the pipe here.
A wooden or metallic stick could be used to beat and consolidate the sand.
Now that you are all stocked up to make your punching bag, you may get started.
Method to make a heavy bag at home
Cut the jeans
- Cut the flat portion of the jeans just below the rugged pocket area. Make the other cut just above the thicker hem bottom of the jeans.
- Use the cut portion and turn it inside out.
Close one end
- Bring together the fabric at one side of the cloth and tie the metallic rope wire tightly around the fabric to seal the end. Tie the wire at about 1” from the end.
- Use a set of pliers to twist and tighten the metal wire sufficiently so that the punching bag can endure your attacks without leaking.
- The image on the right shows the kind of tight seal you should be aiming at. More the number of twists, better is the seal. Be careful that you don’t break the wire or end up having the wire pierce the fabric.
Note: Metallic wire ends can cause grievous injury. Make sure you bend the wire inwards so that in case of inadvertent contact with the wire, you do not get hurt.
Congratulations. You have completed the first part of making your punching bag. Hold the piece from the tied end. You may see the initial shape of the boxing bag coming up.
Insert the PVC pipe in the cloth
- Cut the PVC pipe to a length a few inches longer than the height of the punching bag.
- Insert the PVC pipe piece you just can on the open side of the cloth and anchor it to the knot area on the other end.
- Spread the cloth and start stuff soft fabric cloth into the “bag.”
- Preferably, use cotton t-shirts and shirts because cotton provides a natural boxing feel and provide adequate feedback without being too harsh on the knuckles.
Note: Twist the clothes before tying them to the PVC pipe. Remember, you are making a punching bag, and you need an impact upon hitting. If you arrange the clothes like would do in a piece of luggage, the clothing will absorb a lot of impact and you do not get the feedback upon hitting the DIY boxing bag.
The PVC pipe at the center ensures that the cloth is spread evenly, and a void remains in between.
- Use the wooden or metallic stick to compress and consolidate the clothes inside the bag. Consolidation provides a more solid feel as it increases the density of the bag.
- Don’t worry; we will further increase the density using sand.
Fill up to the brim
- If, after consolidation, you feel there is more space in the bag, stuff some more clothes in the bag and keep consolidating and filling until you think the bag is full.
Excellent work, you are half-way through, and your hand-made punching bag is almost ready. Just a few more steps and you would be looking for places to hang the bag.
The picture on the right should give you an idea of what the bag should look like before you start filling the sand.
Start filling the sand
- Start pouring sand around the PVC pipe.
- Fill slowly and do not pour a lot of sand at once.
- Fill some sand and then consolidate the sand around the PVC pipe.
- Now fill sand inside the PVC pipe.
- Repeat the same steps of consolidation and filling till you reach till the top.
Remove the PVC pipe
- Hit the sides of the bag to make sure the sand is evenly distributed everywhere and then gently pull the PVC pipe out of the bag.
Adjust the sand
- For one last time, you need to adjust and consolidate the sand. Removal of the PVC pipe could disturb the distribution of the sand.
- The best ways to consolidate are to pick up the bag by the side sand thump it against the floor. The impact ensures even distribution of the sand.
Tie the other end
- You should now tie the other end of the punching bag with a nylon rope.
- This rope seals the other end of the punching bag, which is now fully ready.
You now need a find a place to hang the bag. Look for hooks on the ceiling where you may use a rope to suspend the punching bag you just made.
Hanging the punching bag
- Since you have explored the do-it-yourself domain in punching bags, we assume you are already having a lot of knowledge about boxing and mixed martial arts.
- The height of the rope with which you suspend the punching bag is essential. You must get the length right; otherwise, there the swing in the bag would be not adequate.
- Too long a rope could make the punching bag swing a lot on the slightest of impact.
- On the other hand, if a short rope is used, there would be a harder impact on your knuckles and hands.
- Measure the height of the punching bag and search the adequate hanging height for the punching bag. Google’s your best friend if you are looking for information.
- Once you have figured out the correct length, use the nylon rope and tie the second end and suspend it to the hook.
- Once you have done all the above, you should have your self-made punching bag ready for action. This is how your punching bag would probably look like.
Testing the punching bag
- We assume you know what boxing feels like, what is the correct level of impact, and feedback you should get once you punch.
- Test your DIY punching bag by having a tough practice session.
- What you need to ensure is that the bag is suspended from an adequate height.
- We suggest you go the do-it-yourself route only if you are comfortable using the tools. The metallic wire can cause grievous injury if it is not cut or tied correctly.
- If you want to begin boxing practice or any mixed martial arts, DIY is not the recommended route. Beginners may consider purchasing a ready-made punching bag because it is necessary to understand feedback, impact, and swing.
Note: We have very detailed articles on punching bags. You may refer to our top picks and buying guides on the website.
- Finally, if you already know how to box and are inclined towards DIY, go ahead. Chances are you would do a better job at making a punching bag.
- There are chances that boxing bag may lose consistency or density because of improperly packed clothes or sand. In such cases, unsuspend the boxing bag and shake and roll it on the floor and beat with a wooden rod to have the sand spread evenly.
Those long hours of practice may make the send to settle at the base.
Boxing or martial arts are a great way to keep up your health and have a hobby. Making a punching bag yourself requires items like clothes that are probably waste, which may end up as trash. Going the DIY route not only gives the satisfaction of having made your own boxing equipment but is also eco-friendly. After all, you are reusing waste material.
Keep a watch on any problems like excess swing, leaking sand, or torn cloth. Do not ignore these warning signs. If your punching bag fails, all you need is a pair of jeans and you are ready to go DIY again until you perfect your technique.