Introduction: Hot Corn Bag
Here is an easy sewing project that will deeply soothe sore muscles and bring many hours of heat.
Step 1: Step 1 Gather Materials
flannel fabric in a snuggly pattern that you love
five to seven pounds of dried hominy from the bulk section of the grocery store
Sewing machine (you could use a needle and thread and do it by hand if you must.)
Step 2: Step 2 Decide on a Size
You can make it long and skinny to rest on your spine or shoulders or, thicker and shorter for deeper longer lasting heat. Just make sure it will fit in your microwave.
Step 3: Step 3 Measure It
I made a simple folded in half pattern for fewer seams. Multiply the width you want by two and add 1 1/2" for seam allowance. Measure the length you want and add 1 1/2" for seam allowance. I like to mark with chalk and a straight edge.
Step 4: Step 4 Cut It Out
Cut along the marks you made. You should have a big rectangle.
Step 5: Step 5 Iron the Seam
Fold the rectangle in half and iron so the edges meet.
Step 6: Step 6 Sew the Bottom and Side
Sew the bottom first, about 3/4" from the edge. When you get to the corner, leave the needle down, lift the foot and turn the piece so it's ready to stitch in the other direction. Put down the foot and step on the gas!
Step 7: Step 7 Iron the Top
Turn the top edge inside so about 3/4" is tucked in. Iron it so its nice and straight.
Step 8: Step 8 Fill It Up
Add the corn to within 4 or 5 inches from the top. It's good to leave a little room so it will be flexible and conform to your body. Pin the top and leave the bag standing upright for the next step.
Step 9: Step 9 the Chopstick Trick
This is how I kept the corn from getting in the way of the needle when I went to sew the bag shut. Put a rubber band around the end of two chopsticks. Slide the chopsticks down the bag until they are up against the corn. Add another rubber band to keep it together nice and tight.
Step 10: Step 10 Sew It Up
The last thing to do is sew along the edge of the fold, remove the pins and chopsticks and it's finished.
Step 11: Step 11 Heat It Up and Enjoy
You do need to be careful here as it is possible to get the corn too hot and burn yourself. This is more likely if you lie on top of it. There are variables such as the size of your corn bag and the power of your microwave so start out at four or five minutes. If you need it warmer go up a minute at a time. Now put it on your shoulders, back, etc and let the heat soak right in.