February 17, 2013

comfort corn heat pad

My mother-in-law shared a really cool idea for a home-made, reusable heat pad using scrap fabric and feed corn.  I couldn't wait to share it with you!  It's perfect for the cold winter nights we've been having.  You warm them up in the microwave for a couple of minutes, and they'll stay warm for almost an hour.  We put them under the sheets and put our feet on them. They were life-savers.

We also read that you can put it in the freezer overnight and using it a cooling pack.

One thing to make sure of is to use feed corn, not popcorn.  This will definitely not work with popcorn for the obvious reasons.

You can make them in different shapes and sizes.  Here's one we made that was long and thin, perfect to put around your neck.  The instructions below are for a 8"x12.5" bag.

feed corn and other supplies
giant bag of feed corn. i think you can get it in smaller quantities :)

Here's what you'll need:
Scrap fabrics
Fabric scissors
about 4 cups of feed corn (we used NatureWise cleaned grains) - do not use popcorn kernels
Sewing machine
Pins and thread
Measuring tape


These directions are for a 8x12.5" sized finished bag.  But you can make them any size of like, just adjust the amount of corn you use accordingly.

1) Cut a 19"x13.5" piece of fabric (this allows for 1/2" seam on each side).  Fold your fabric over on the long (keeping the bag inside out for now), so you have a 9x13.5" sized rectangle.  Pin it in place.

2) Sew a straight stitch along two of the sides that join at the edge.  (Tip: don't remove the needle once you've finished one side.  Just lift the needle and turn your fabric 90 degrees and continue sewing the second side.)

3) Now you should have one end of the bag still open.  Turn the bag right side over.  Fill the bag with corn feed.  Flip the ends of the fabric inside, allowing about 1/2" of fabric to get folded inside.  Pin the fabric in place.

4) Sew the remaining side, sewing as close to the edge as possible.  Voila!  You have your bag of feed.

To use:
1) place your comfort corn heat pad in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.  Don't heat longer than that since you could risk over-heating or catching fire.
2) Remove it from the microwave. The bag will be nice and warm now and you can use it as a heating pad.  It should stay warm for about 30 mins to 1 hour.

cut your fabric, get it ready to be pinned
pin your fabric
sew your fabric
hot tip: cut the edges of your fabric like so before you turn it back over.  this makes it much easier to get nice corners.
nice corners after I've turned the bag back over
pour your feed into your bag
sewing the final side!

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