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!
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