Directions to Make a Hacky Sack

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Directions to Make a Hacky Sack
Make your own hacky sack at home. (needle image by Radu Razvan from

A hacky sack, or a footbag, is a round fabric bag usually filled with rice or plastic beads. It resembles a bean bag, but on a much smaller scale. A hacky sack is often tossed around with the feet and can be played with more than one person. You don't have to spend money on buying one. You can just make your own with materials found around the house. You can even make a hacky sack out of an old mismatched sock.

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Things you need

  • Sock
  • Rice
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • 10x10 inch scrap of fabric
  • Large cup
  • Pencil

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    Cut the mismatched sock in half using a pair of scissors. Make sure you are not using the part of the sock that has holes because it will leak rice. Throw the top half of the sock away.

    Directions to Make a Hacky Sack
    Sock (sock 6 image by chrisharvey from
  2. 2

    Fill the bottom half of the sock with uncooked rice grains. You need to fill only a small portion of the sock with rice since a hacky sack is suppose to be a small ball, similar in size to a golf ball.

    Directions to Make a Hacky Sack
    Grains of rice (basmati rice image by Carpenter from
  3. 3

    Fold over the sock so the rice does not fall out and sew it closed using a needle and thread. Cut any remaining pieces of thread from the hacky sack.

  1. 1

    Fold the scrap of fabric in half. Place the largest part of a cup on top of the fabric and trace one large circle onto the fabric using a pencil.

  2. 2

    Cut out the circles using a pair of scissors and place the pieces on top of each other. You should not be able to see the bottom circle as it should be covered by the top piece.

  3. 3

    Sew the edges of the circles together using a needle and thread. Make sure the stitches are close together to prevent the filling from falling out when playing. Leave an opening in the stitching that's about 1 inch long.

  4. 4

    Turn the fabric circles inside out so the stitching is now on the inside.

  5. 5

    Fill the opening of the fabric with grains of uncooked rice. Continue filling the hacky sack until it is nearly full.

  6. 6

    Fold the opening of the fabric inward and stitch the hacky sack closed. Cut any remaining pieces of thread from the hacky sack.

Tips and warnings

  • The hacky sack has been in existence since 1972 when John Stalberger and Mike Marshall invented it. According to, in the past, when people referred to a "hacky sack" they were referring to the trademark name given to the footbag itself. Over time, the term "hacky sack" has taken on a dual meaning. Today, when people refer to a "hacky sack," they could either be referring to the footbag you kick around or the game itself.

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