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A corn heating pad is one of my all time favorite gifts that I have received. This corn filled heating pad is a great muscle pain soother, back relaxer or anything that a little warmth will give a bit of pain relief. The best part it can be used hot or cold.
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Corn Heating Pad
We call it the Crunchy Little Corn Bag! My mom received one back when I was in high school,
and we were always fighting over it. When I was student teaching, one of my darling students gave me one for Christmas. And here it is – almost 10 years later – my beloved corn bag!
They can be made in all sizes for all purposes. These corn filled bags are perfect for sore muscles, neck pain, cramp soothers, hand warmers and they also a bed warmer. The possibilities are endless.
Why use corn instead of rice or beans?
Corn stays cleanest the longest, won’t have problems with humidity, mold, and mildew and generally won’t provoke allergies.
Corn Heating Pad Supplies
- 9×11″ (for the bag)
- 8×5″ (for the bow tie)
- 2×5″ (for the bow tie)
- 4 pieces of 1×5″ (for the ruffles)
- dried corn (see note about using field corn)
- sewing machine
Take your 8×5″ piece and sew it right sides together with a 1/4″ seam.
Take your 2×5″ piece and sew it wrong sides together with a 1/4″ seam.
Turn your 8×5″ with right sides out and press both the 8×5″ piece and 2×5″ piece with the seam in the middle.
Wrap your 2×5″ piece around your bow tie,
and secure with your sewing machine or hand sew.
Clip off the excess.
Onto the ruffles.
I’m a ruffle cheater. I set my tension high with a long stitch and let my machine do most of the work.
With whatever ruffle method you prefer – be it sewing a long basting stitch and pulling just the top thread to gather, or cheating and letting your machine do the work – ruffle/gather your four pieces of 1×5″ flannel.
Lay your piece of 9×22 flannel out
and find the middle of HALF of it (9×11) – allowing for seam allowances.
I figured it would be about 4×5″ mark if I used 1/2″ seams.
Lay the middle of the bow tie on your middle mark.
Arrange your ruffles where you want them, and pin them down. I played with a few configurations (a frame, one ruffle on top & three on bottom), but I settled on two ruffles on top of the bow tie and two below.
Sew down the middle of ruffles with a regular length stitch. I’m reminding you to switch back both your tension and length because I always forget and then I’m silently cursing myself for forgetting.
Take you 9×22″ piece and sew right sides together with a 1/2″ seam
on 3 sides, leaving one side open.
(in my picture, I only sewed down the 2 long sides, but went back and did the bottom,
because I realized it would throw off my seam allowance figures for the ruffle/bow tie placement)
Fill with 3 ½ to 4 cups (about 2 pounds) with corn. You can find field corn by the pound where bird food is sold – it is whole kernel corn. Use whole corn, not cracked corn.
Or you can go to the local feed store and buy a 50lb bag of recleaned corn like I did 🙂
If you’re making a lot of them, it’s a great idea. It’s usually $13-15 for a 50lb bag.
And no, you can’t just use popping corn. . . LOL
To both sterilize the corn and help it to dry out, place the newly made bag on a paper towel in your microwave and heat it for 2 – 3 minutes. Let it cool for at least two hours, shake it up, and do it again on a dry paper towel. If your paper towel or the inside of your microwave is still showing moisture,
do the heat/cool cycle one more time.
Corn Bag Heating Pad Instructions
Kyla blogs at Funky PolkaDot Giraffe!