Who can rock a straight stitch? I can!!!! So with that bit of confidence and mediocre sewing skills in hand. I pulled out my sewing machine for the second project in a row. This corn filled heating pad was relatively simple to make. If you can turn on the machine, you are pretty much good to go. If not, the sewing can also be done by hand it will just take a bit longer.
I am not sure if the project can be done without a needle and thread. My concern would be that fabric glues may come apart while the pad is being warmed in the microwave.
When I decided that I wanted to create these heating pads (I made several) I did a little research to figure out what was the best material for the filling. Some of the popular choices include rice, flax seed, feed corn, and the fanciest of them all – cherry pits. I decided on the corn, mainly because of its availability and reported heat retention. However, if I get my hands on some cherry pits I will definitely try those out, rumor has it that they give off a cherry scent when heated. How lovely?!
I wanted them to be washable so these are made with an inner pad and removable outer case. I figured this was important especially since they will probably get lots of use when someone is under the weather and quite possibly germy.
The fabric came from JoAnn’s and the tag was created using graphics from Lettering Delights. The back of the tag features instructions on how to heat and care for the pad. I found the corn at Ace Hardware…a fifty pound bag for around $8.
If you want to see how to make it, check out the video. Oh btw, I tested it in the microwave the corn did not pop.