This is so much fun to post because I have made A LOT of these puppies! With the arrival of fall, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my favorite cozy accessory for cold days. It’s a “corn sack”. And no it’s not filled with your dinner time corn on the cob, and you won’t end up with popcorn when you put it in the microwave. 😉 You can find it at feed stores, you know, for animals and livestock. I’ve heard of these corn sacks being called other names as well, like corn bags.
You’ve probably seen something similar in the past, often filled rice or flax. The corn sacks are my favorite, and these bags last FOREVER. It’s kind of embarrassing how old one of mine is ; it’s probably time to pitch it, but my mom made it for me so I will keep it a bit longer. 😉
The one I am going to share with you today turns out to be about eight inches long and about five inches wide. It is a nice size to put in your bed to warm your toes. My family also uses it for aches and pains on any part of the body. When I get a headache I put it on my head or over the back of my neck.
You will need:
Small amount of cotton fabric ( I like heavier duty cottons, like a duck cloth – less than half a yard)
Good fabric scissors
Sewing machine (you could hand sew them, they are small enough. 🙂
Corn (buy this from a local feed store such as Big R)
Pitcher or funnel (Optional to pour the corn into the fabric bag)
How to Sew It:
Step 1: Measure out two rectangles 9 inches by 6 inches wide on your cotton fabric. To keep the lines straight, use a yard stick to draw where you will cut.
Step 2: Cut out your two rectangles, and face them right sides together. Pin around the edges, leaving space for your sewing machine foot.
Step 3: Sew around three sides, then sew HALF of the fourth side leaving that last side halfway open. Turn right sides out.
Step 4: Using a funnel, pitcher, or small container, pour your corn into the bag filling it 2/3 of the way full. Don’t overfill or it won’t lay nicely.
This is the tougher part:
Step 5: You will now sew along the entire edge of the bag that was partially open. The corn likes to try and come out as you lay the pillow flat to sew it closed. I place pins to hold back the kernels from the edge.
Sew down the entire open edge, from corner to corner.
To Use It:
Heat in the microwave for 1 – 2 minutes. (I always do mine 2 minutes) You need to be careful not to get it too hot as it can burn you or the actual bag itself. “Microwaves do vary” – there’s my official sounding warning. 🙂
It will put off a slight smell of corn and will be a bit damp, especially in the beginning.
My mom likes to have a little pillow case for hers, but I don’t have pillow cases for mine.
My family’s first corn sack was gifted to us by a family friend who grew up on a farm in Kansas. They would heat the corn over the stove, and then pour it into sacks to warm up their beds at night time. I love how cozy that sounds, but this is definitely the easier version. 🙂
Kids tend to love these! This could make a fun and unique stocking stuffer. 🙂
Have you used anything like this? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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