For the beginner archery it can be overwhelming how expensive everything is. My wife and I are poor college students so I decided to try to make a target myself so I can save a few bucks.
Step 1: What You Will Need and Cost
1. animal bedding chips $7 at Cal Ranch
2. burlap sack $1.50 at Cal Ranch
3. milk jug lid $free fifty
4. any heavy string or cordage lying around the house I used hemp decorating string because my wife had some.
Step 2: Put Your Filling in the Bag
Really I imagine you could use quite a few different things for filling. Even a bag of potting soil but that might be hard on your arrow points. Newspaper crumpled up would work but it would take a lot to make it dense.
Step 3: String Needle
I didn't have a needle to use with thicker string so I made this. just make a pointy shape with a hole in it and viola, you've got a needle that'll work with burlap.
Step 4: Sewing the End of the Bag
You don't have to be a pro to sew burlap just about any stitch will do. I just go through from one side to another. No idea what kind of stitch this is but it works.
Step 5: Your Done and It Cost Less Than 10 Bucks! Woot Woot!
have fun and make sure to have something behind the target if you are shooting with a high poundage bow. I have a 60 pound compound but I made a few pvc bows for fun to shoot with my wife. Thanks to BackyardBowyer on youtube!