Whether for gifts or for your family, we have found these hot corn bags to be not only a blessing, but a necessity, too! They are helpful for sore muscles, warming cold bodies, therapy sessions, and just plain ol’ comfort.
My friend Joanne had a stroke at the beginning of 2011 (read about it here), and I made these corn bags for her family, thinking they may be helpful in all those ways–and they were. Her dad says she uses all five every day in her therapy sessions!
And the cost per bag? $3 each! All you need is the ability to sew a straight line with a sewing machine and a needle and thread for finishing–plus the supplies. Let me fill you in on all the details!
- 4 yds flannel material (Be sure if you deviate that it is 100% cotton, as you will be putting these in the microwave–no fire hazards, please!)
- 2 spools of your favorite all-purpose thread–to match the material you pick
- 100 lbs deer corn from the feed store
- sewing machine
- measuring tape
- scissors or cutting wheel
- cutting board, if using a cutting wheel
Cut your material into 18 1/2 X 13 ” pieces (We used the overflow/scrap material, too, to make other shaped bags! No waste at all.)
Fold material inside-out, like this:
Sew 3 sides entirely with your sewing machine. For the fourth side, sew with the machine for 3/4 of the side.
Leave 3 inches not sewn!
Gently turn the material right-side out. You should have a rectangular-shaped bag with a 3 inch opening to pour corn in.
Add 7 cups deer corn.
Sew the rest with needle and thread, using the finishing stitches. Here is a good video for how to sew a blind stitch. My friend Joanne actually showed me how to do one exactly a year ago, in Chick-fil-A, drawing it out on a napkin. But since we aren’t sitting across the table from one another, I thought a video would help you!
Once you have finished the blind stitch and knotted it accordingly, you are ready to use it!
Just microwave this heat pad for 3-4 minutes (depending on your tastes and your microwave). It will smell amazing and exude a warm, moist heat that is just the thing for those sore neck muscles!
Let me know how your project goes! I sure would love to hear back from you! And questions…If you have them, ask away.