In this article, you will learn how to make a cheap homemade punching bag out of a pillowcase, rags and clothes, or sand while using a pillow cover or a duffel bag as the outer layer.

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With the increasing popularity of punching bags, their prices have skyrocketed within a few months. However, due to their numerous advantages, it is worthwhile to have one at your place. Whether, it is for a workout session or to be used as a therapeutic punching bag, it is extremely beneficial.

In such a scenario, it would be economical to make a punching bag with pillows and some other household items that don’t inflate your budget.

To get started with homemade punching bag with home supplies, you will need a number of items other than the pillows to make the home-made punching bags. The list of items needed is given below:

  • Pillow cases (Optional)
  • Pillows
  • Ropes
  • Sand/Sawdust (Optional)
  • Old Duffel bag or a similar one
  • Duct tape
  • Hanging hook
Homemade Punching Bag DIY Process
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Once you have all these items, get down to work immediately to build your first cheap homemade punching bag.

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STEP 1: Turn the Duffel Bag Inside Out

To begin with, turn the duffel bag inside out and examine it thoroughly to see if all the seams are welted well. Make sure there are no weak spots.

STEP 2: Fill the Bag with Pillow or Clothes/Rags or Even Sand

After you are done with examining, start filling the homemade punching bag with pillows and other clothes or rags. Alternatively, you can fill the pillow cases with sand. Use duct tape to close the cases securely and place them evenly in the duffel bag. Try packing the contents as densely as possible. Compress the pillows by stamping on them. Ideally, you should keep on filling the bag until you are 12 inches from the top.

Ideally, people prefer to fill a punching bag with sand because it mimics the human body.

STEP 3: Tie a Rope to the top-end

Shake the duffel bag from side to side to even out the pillows. Once done, close the bag and tie the rope around it tightly to make it as a homemade punching bag. Make sure to loop the rope around the duffel bag a few times. Make three or four turns around the bag and secure it with a knot. Also, a part of rope should be left hanging to enable you to hang the punching bag.

STEP 4: Use duct tape to wrap the bag

Another important step is to use the duct tape and wrap it around the bag horizontally. To ensure that none of the contents of the punching bag are visible, wrap the duct tape in a way that the loops of tape are overlapping each other. Continue to do so, circling the top, middle and bottom, until fully covered.

STEP 5: Use the End Ropes to Hang

Now you are almost done. Just use the end of the ropes to hang the homemade punching bag to the hanging hook or any other suitable surface. Alternatively, you can use this as a standing punching bag by attaching it to a stand. There are many homemade heavy bag anchors available that you can use to keep the punching bag at one place. This will help reduce its movement and you can punch it with more strength.

Hang Homemade punching bag to the wall or ceiling


Use a Homemade Punching Bag Holder

There are many homemade punching bag holders that you can use to hang the punching bag. These can be affixed with the wall or can be bolted to the ceiling beam. It also helps you avoid any major punching bag mistakes during workout.

We have written extensively on this topic and found some exclusive homemade punching bag hangers that you can use.

Fillings for Homemade Punching Bag

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You can use pillow fillings for your punching bag. But for most fitness enthusiasts, pillow fillings are too light on the hands. So, here are a few alternatives of Home-made punching bag fillings:

Wood Dust for Homemade Punching Bag

Wood Dust are wood particles that generate when wood is cut. These are small fine particles and almost the same size as of sand particles. They are perfect for punching bags because they are small and hard. This means you can fill the punching bag with wood dust (sawdust) to make your punching bag stiff and taut.

Sand for Homemade Boxing Slip Bags

Sand is mostly used in punching bags because the particles are solid and don’t hurt the fingers while punching. Moreover, sand mimics closely the density of human skin. So, using sand for homemade punching bags is another great way to exercise punching.

Rags and Clothes

Rags and clothes are another way to fill a homemade punching bag. The rags and clothes are heavy and fill the punching bag completely. This means users won’t have to get wood dust or sand to fill the punching bags because rags are readily available.

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Or, you can try a combo of two: rags and sand or wood dust and sand.

  • First add rags and clothes to fill the punching bag and then add sand or wood dust to inflate it further.
  • This will make the punching bag tough and sturdy.
  • Now it is ready for expert boxers.

That’s it. This is how to make a punching bag with home supplies. And, if you come across a problem, simply comment here.

How to DIY a Homemade Punching Bag Heavy?

You must be quite familiar with the punching bags if you are a boxer or you just practice boxing for fitness purposes. Punching bags, sometimes called heavy bags are usually found in the fitness clubs and boxing training facilities all over the globe. The fitness enthusiasts and boxers around the world use them as a cardiovascular and strength-gaining workout. A combination of quick kicking and punching requires significant focus and technique to enhance the performance results.

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However, the weight of your punching bag matters a lot in this regard. While practicing punching, you must be aware that your bag is heavier to an extent that is advantageous for you. Sometimes, you require a heavier punching bag for challenging your strength and fitness level. But, before you consider making changes to the bag, keep in mind your objectives and existing level of fitness. If you think it’s weight is not up to the requirement, here are some steps you can take to make it heavier.

Tutorial to DIY a Heavy Homemade Punching Bag

  • Take a scissor and remove any straps and hooks from your heavy bag.
  • Make sure to open one end of the heavy bag in order to expose the material stuffed inside the bag.
  • Now, it comes to filling your punching bag. Fill it with a closed-cell foam of 1 inch and then pack it in a tight fashion. The closed-cell foam would maintain the shape of the bag and deliver maximum amount of weight.
  • Now measure the weight of your punching bag. If you think that the weight is still low to your liking, add more closed-cell foam. Keep on adding it until you get the desired weight of the bag. In case you feel that the weight has increased the maximum requirement, you can simply remove the closed-cell foam to achieve the target weight.
  • You have now come to closing the heavy bag. In order to precisely close your punching bag, there are two steps you can take. You can either duct-tape the two layers together or sew them to close it perfectly. The duct tape would be extremely useful in increasing the lifespan of your punching bag. As far as straps and hooks are concerned, you can reuse them if possible.
  • After you have closed the punching bag, it is necessary to examine whether it has closed accurately or not. You can test the bag by inflicting string kicks and punches. If you observe the overall feel of striking kicks and punches on your heavy bag, you can figure out if some essential adjustments are needed to be made to the bag. In addition, if you do need to increase or lessen the weight of your punching bag in future, you can repeat the process.

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Build Your Own Punching Bag Stand at Home

Large punching bags need a dedicated stand. Or, you can suspend them in the air so that they move freely. But if your house doesn’t have a punching bag stand, you will have to buy one.

Buying a punching bag stand can be costly so in this article we will discuss how to build a punching bag stand that is cost-effective and takes less time and effort.

But before we focus on building a punching bag stand, let’s discuss a few options that we have to build a punching bag stand at home.

1.      Use a Pull-up bar as a punching bag stand

A punching bag can also be hanged from a pull up bar. There are many types of pull up bars and if you have one in your house, then you don’t need a punching bag stand. Simply use the pull up bar as a way to hang your punching bag. It will not only work great but you can take it off or put if back when needed. A pullup bar punching bag serves both the purposes i.e. pullups and pushups exercises and for use as a punching bag stand.

As the pullup bar can easily handle your weight, you can use it for hanging heavy punching bags to the custom stand as well.

2.      Use the Fan holder as punching bag stand

Almost all houses have a hook in the ceiling to be used as the fan holder. If you have a room-sized gym in your house, then you can use the fan holder as a punching bag stand. These holders can easily lift 100lbs of weight because of their strength and rigidity and as they are hooked with the beam of the house.

If the punching bag doesn’t need to be moved, then using a fan holder as a punching bag stand is a good option.

3.     Create Your Own Punching Bag Stand for Home

You can also create your own punching bag stand with iron pipes and welding machine. In fact,  Howcast has a complete video on how you can easily create your own home made punching bag stand.

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  • You will need six pipes of 4-6 feet each and one pipe of 8 feet.
  • Make sure that all pipes are at least 1 inch in diameter.
  • Now, join the four pipes at the bottom end in a cross shape.
  • Next, join the fifth pipe i.e 8 feet long, to the top of the cross shaped- pipe section.
  • Now, join two remaining pipes to the top of the punching bag horizontally. So that they both make a 90 degree angle with the vertical pipe.
  • Make sure that the top pipes are joined in a T shape position with the vertical pipe.

For more information about how to get this done, is by watching the Howcast ‘Create your own punching bag stand’ video.

4. Use a Hook for Punching Bag Stand

We have already discussed this one before. You don’t have to buy any additional equipment. Simply buy a punching bag hook, or create one for yourself using pipes. Now, hang your punching bag on these hooks. Just make sure that you have carefully fastened the hook to the hanger otherwise it will fall off sooner or later.

Here is a complete video about how to fasten the punching bag with the hanger.

Types of Punching Bags You Can Use with Stand

Here is a list of punching bags that you can use with a DIY punching bag stand in your home.
  • Regular punching bag
  • MMA punching bag
  • Speed ball punching bag
  • Full-sized punching bag
In short, you can hang all types of punching bags with a stand except the torso punching bag because it isn’t made that way.
That’s it.
Hope you now understand how to create or build your own punching bag at home with minimum resources.
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