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How To Make A Corn Bag

Updated on September 9, 2013

Giving The Gift of Warmth

This past winter, I was looking to make some cheap holiday gifts for family and friends. Since I didn't exactly have a lot of money laying around to go out and buy everyone an expensive gift, I started thinking about what I could sew.

My mother-in-law had actually received a corn bag the year before and we thought it was a really neat gift! So this year, we set out to make our own for holiday gifts and they turned out great! Here's how you can make your own corn bags.

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First Off: What Is A Corn Bag?

Great Question!

I knew at this point that you'd be thinking, "What exactly is a corn bag?" - which is a valid question. A corn bag is a bag filled with feed corn. It's perfect for cold winters or hot summers. In the winter, simply place the corn bag in the microwave and heat it up for 2 minutes. When you take it out, it's all toasty and warm and it's like a little heating bag!

Put it on your lap, on your feet, under your feet, on your neck for sore muscles, or even your stomach for cramps. It's a wonderful little invention and I've basically worn my out!

In the summer, put it in the freezer until the corn is cold. Then use it as a nice little refresher!

Image by kevin1024 on Creative Commons
Image by kevin1024 on Creative Commons

Step #1

Starting From The Top

First step is heading to the store to pick up your choice of fabric. Make sure to purchase fabric that is cotton or flannel so that you don't have any problems with melting or burning fabric!

For each corn bag, you will need fabric that is 24" x 12", so that when your bag is sewn, it will be about 12" x 12".

Next thing you will need to purchase while you're out and about is a bag of corn feed. You can usually find this at a feed store or anywhere that has animal food. Typically each corn bag will use 3 cups of corn.

Note: Rice can also be used as an alternate to corn.

Choose a cute flannel or cotton material

You don't want a melting

or burning corn bag!

Image by wordridden on Flickr
Image by wordridden on Flickr

Step #2

Sewing The Bag

When you've got your material and your corn, you can fold your material so that it is inside out when you sew. Once you've sewn 3 sides (double-stitched works best to really hold the corn in), sew half of the 4th side shut and leave the other half of it open.

Once you've done this, you can then turn your bag inside out again, so that the material is facing the right way.

Sewing Tutorial - Video

Since sewing the fabric for a corn bag is much like sewing a pattern for a pillow, this tutorial is very similar to what we'll be doing.

Here are several different corn bags I've sewn

Step #3

Adding The Corn

Once your bag is flipped right-side out, you can then measure 3 cups of feed corn and pour the corn into your corn bag. This is easiest if you have a wider funnel, or a measuring cup that has a pouring spout.

When you have poured in the 3 cups, lay the bag down on a table of flat surface and be the judge if you want more or less corn in your bag. Some like it more full, others like it less full. Just be sure to account for this when you heat up the corn bag later. Less corn = less time in the microwave.

Check the temperature of your bag!

Don't just assume that all microwaves are the same. Be sure to check the temperature of your bag before you take it out of the microwave so that it won't burn you.

Step #4

Finishing The Bag

Once the corn is in and you are happy with the density or firmness of corn in the bag, then it's time to sew it back up. Carefully fold in the edges of the bag where you poured the corn into. Hop back onto your sewing machine and sew up the hole. It's best if you double-stitch this as well, so that the corn stays in the bag for good.

Once you've finished this part, you're all done! You've got a great unique Christmas gift or a wonderful way to stay warm this winter (or cool this coming summer)!

First Time Heating

The first time heating your corn bag, it might be damp. From my experience, this is just any water that was left in the corn. After a few times, it won't be damp at all!

Corn Bag Comments - What are your thoughts?

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    • JJNW profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      How fun! Thanks for teaching me something new.

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      6 years ago

      What an interesting idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      8 years ago

      This reminds me of buckwheat neck pillows that you can also put in the microwave - great for MN winters!! BEWARE to not microwave too long because the corn (or buckwheat) can burn and leave an awful smell in the house. My aunt did this in my mother's microwave and it literally stunk for weeks :) Love the step-by-step instructions!

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      8 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      Very cool idea!! We actually have a couple small rice bags in our freezer for when the boys get hurt. We call them "boo boo bags" and they are made with fun cartoon fabrics. I may have to try a corn bag because my feet are always cold in the winter!


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