When my kids were little I bought my first “corn bag” from a local craft fair. If you haven’t heard of a sore muscle corn bag, it’s a simple bag filled with corn that you microwave, and then place on your back or neck etc.. to provide heat to your sore muscles. Here’s the one I bought years ago and we still use it today.
However, it is a bit ragged and my daughter was saying that she wouldn’t mind having one for herself, that she can take to her apartment at college. Then we thought why not make one that is long and skinny to put it the bed at night to keep your feet warm for a little while. So I set out to make a few different sizes to give to my girls. In one I even added a little lavender to make it smell nice. Not that they smell bad. They smell like corn.
Cracked corn – not popcorn
Cotton material – Below is a diagram of the ones I made, but you can make them any size you want.
Lavender flowers or essential oils (optional)
Cut out your fabric allowing 1/2 inch on all sides for a seam allowance.
Press under 1/2 inch one of the short sides.
With right sides together sew the two long sides and the other short side.
Cut corners and turn right side out.
Fill 2/3 – 3/4 full with corn and lavender. If you want to use essential oils mix them in the corn ahead of time.
Close the opening by top stitching with a similar color thread or a contrasting one.
That’s all there is to it.
To use, set in the microwave, and heat on high for 2 minutes. Shake slightly to distribute any hot spots. Reheat as necessary.
I also used same sample quilting squares in two complementary fabrics to make smaller corn bags. Too pretty for corn toss?
Wouldn’t they make great gifts?
You can easily find the cracked corn at any hardware or big box store, in the bird food aisle. Since this is cracked corn, it may have some powder in the mix from the ground corn, so you might want to rinse and dry it first, before filling your bags.
If you live in the country, feed stores would also be a great place to find field corn for your filler. Just don’t use popcorn. Additionally some people have used rice which I’ve read works well, only it does not last as long.