For Christmas, I wanted to make more homemade gifts. I think I did pretty well, and everyone seemed to like their homemade gifts (which is always a fear). Now that the holidays are over, I’m going to share what I made. I couldn’t do it earlier because many friends and family members read the blog.
Hopefully, some of you can find inspiration for future gifts or for yourself (which is really my style – I made one of everything I’m sharing for myself, too).
Today, I’m showing the hot/cold corn bags that I made. These were only created because of my lovely friend, Laura. She wanted to make these as gifts and I decided that I did, too. I made something like 15 or 16 of these for coworkers and friends.
I used a really inexpensive but pretty nubby fabric (the same used on our pillows). I found this fabric months ago, loved the texture, and loved the $2.99/yard price.
You can make these bags any size, which makes this a great project for scraps. I filled an inner bag made out of white fabric with feed corn. The finished size was approximately 12×5 inches. Then, I sewed it shut. The outside cover is a bit larger than the inside pocket and is similar to an envelope pillow. Just hem the ends and sew it, right sides facing. (You can also fill the bag with flaxseed or rice, but I live in the Midwest, so corn it was. Just make sure to use feed corn so it doesn’t pop in the microwave.)
Here are how a few turned out. I also hand monogramed names/initials, which I think turned out nicely.
You can freeze these bags or heat them in the microwave. They feel great draped on your shoulders after a long day.
I added a tag with the following poem that my friend Rebecca and I wrote:
Christmas can be busy,
stressful and quite trying.
But this corn bag will calm you down,
it’s truly stress-defying.
So, warm me up or cool me down.
I’ll sooth your aches and pains.
Here’s to a relaxing new year.
I hope this will keep you sane.