Monday, February 1, 2010

How to make a Valentine's Warm-Corn Bag

I made these for my girls last year for Valentine's Day. It's perfect in the winter, because you can take it to bed with you and it keeps you warm while you fall asleep. It's also great for aches and pains, cramps, things like that. I made mine out of an old pillow case, and then made a removable outer shell because my kids are messy and I figured it would be easier to take the shell off and wash it, instead of trying to surface-wash. (And guess what - the very first night my kids used theirs, my daughter threw up on hers! I actually ended up washing the whole thing - threw the shell in the washing machine, but soaked the corn bag in soapy water, and let it air dry. But I think it was still easier to clean, having the shell to take off.)


old pillow case, sheet, or other light, cotton fabric (I'm a big fan of repurposing)
flannel fabric for outer shell
dried seed corn
(can be found at pet stores, farm supply stores, etc. or you can also use rice. please don't use popcorn.)
embroidery thread (optional)
letter stencils (optional)
sewing machine or needle and thread

1. Cut a long rectangle out of the pillow/fabric - you can make it whatever size you want, but for those who need specifics, go with 12" x 24 " - this will give you a square corn bag.

2. Fold fabric in half, right sides together.

3. Sew together the three open sides, leaving about 2-3 inches open.

4. Flip so right sides are facing out.

5. Using a funnel, pour corn into bag, about 2/3 full.

6. Stitch up the hole so the bag is completely closed (as you can see, mine is not square).

Now, on to the shell:

7. Cut out a piece of the flannel fabric about 1" longer and 1" wider than the cotton fabric.

8. Fold in half right sides together, and sew up 2 sides, leaving one side open. Flip so right sides are out.

9. Fold the top of the opening down about 1/4", and hem.
(instead of hemming, I just used embroidery thread and hand-sewed this roundy stitch - sorry, I have no idea what it's called or how to describe it. If anybody knows, please feel free to enlighten me)

10. If you want to embroider your child's name, take your stencils and trace the letters wherever you want them on the shell, and then follow the lines with your embroidery thread. I had to do names, because all 3 of my girls got basically the same thing.

Put the corn bag into the shell, place in the microwave (with or without the shell) for about 1-2 minutes, and you have a warm little lovey to keep you from freezing on these cold winter nights!

I am linking to these parties!


Dawn said...

I've been wanting to make these for my girls for Valentine's Day but wasn't going to take the extra time to make one and a cover to go over it-thanks for convincing me I should in case I need to wash the cover. Thanks for sharing!

extreme personal measures said...

I have also been wanting to make these. I need to get on it. You have inspired me :)

Unknown said...

I make these only with rice. You don't have the stinky corn smell with rice. Use regular rice, not instant rice.

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

We have these and have been using them for years. We love them on a cold night and you can freeze it too for an ice pack (we love the smell)

I never thought of an outer bag, for washing, good tip.

So Sunny Day said...

I love making these! We've used rice and flax seed for filling. Love your outer layer for washing convenience :)

~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What a fun gift!

Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

I made these with rice and dried mint from my summer garden. They smell sooooo good after heating.

Julie said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

Angie - said...

Come link your cute tute at my party: Thursday's Treasures!!

Andy Porter said...

We were at a friends house the other day and they had one of these. I can't believe how much my kids fell in love with it. It made me want to make one, but I totally forgot about it. Thanks for the link!

silly eagle books said...

I love corn bags! What a great idea to make them as valentine's gifts!

Lenetta said...

Here from Thursday's Treasures! I made corn bags for Christmas this year. Since they were for adults, I didn't bother with covers, but I definitely see the benefit for kiddos. (As was already demostrated for you...) I love the smell of corn and have found that it holds heat longer than rice.

Misty @Creative Itch said...

I love these!! Your tutorials are always great! Thanks for linking up @Creative Itch!

Remodelaholic said...

Jeannine- I love these things, they are so nice to have! Thanks for linking up to the party! Please come by again this Friday!

Angie - said...

Thank you for sharing your awesome project at Thursday’s Treasures last week! Come share your crafty projects in this week’s Thursday’s Treasures too!

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