Sore Muscle Corn Bag

When my kids were little I bought my first “corn bag” from a local craft fair. If you haven’t heard of a sore muscle corn bag, it’s a simple bag filled with corn that you microwave, and then place on your back or neck etc.. to provide heat to your sore muscles. Here’s the one I bought years ago and we still use it today.

This easy DIY sore muscle corn bag project is super fun and affordable.

However, it is a bit ragged and my daughter was saying that she wouldn’t mind having one for herself, that she can take to her apartment at college. Then we thought why not make one that is long and skinny to put it the bed at night to keep your feet warm for a little while. So I set out to make a few different sizes to give to my girls. In one I even added a little lavender to make it smell nice. Not that they smell bad. They smell like corn.

This easy DIY sore muscle corn bag project is super fun and affordable.

The Materials

Cracked corn – not popcorn
Cotton material – Below is a diagram of the ones I made, but you can make them any size you want.
Lavender flowers or essential oils (optional)

This easy DIY sore muscle corn bag project is super fun and affordable.

The Process

Cut out your fabric allowing 1/2 inch on all sides for a seam allowance.

This easy DIY sore muscle corn bag project is super fun and affordable.

Press under 1/2 inch one of the short sides.

This easy DIY sore muscle corn bag project is super fun and affordable.

With right sides together sew the two long sides and the other short side.

This easy DIY sore muscle corn bag project is super fun and affordable.

Cut corners and turn right side out.

This easy DIY sore muscle corn bag project is super fun and affordable.

Fill 2/3 – 3/4 full with corn and lavender. If you want to use essential oils mix them in the corn ahead of time.

This easy DIY sore muscle corn bag project is super fun and affordable.

Close the opening by top stitching with a similar color thread or a contrasting one.

This easy DIY sore muscle corn bag project is super fun and affordable.

That’s all there is to it.

To use, set in the microwave, and heat on high for 2 minutes. Shake slightly to distribute any hot spots. Reheat as necessary.

This easy DIY sore muscle corn bag project is super fun and affordable.

I also used same sample quilting squares in two complementary fabrics to make smaller corn bags. Too pretty for corn toss?

Wouldn’t they make great gifts?

This easy DIY sore muscle corn bag project is super fun and affordable.

You can easily find the cracked corn at any hardware or big box store, in the bird food aisle. Since this is cracked corn, it may have some powder in the mix from the ground corn, so you might want to rinse and dry it first, before filling your bags.

If you live in the country, feed stores would also be a great place to find field corn for your filler. Just don’t use popcorn. Additionally some people have used rice which I’ve read works well, only it does not last as long.

This easy DIY sore muscle corn bag project is super fun and affordable.

 

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. Earlene Ginter says:

    Yes there are great! You can also make icebags,put alcohol and water in a baggie put in freezer,it will not freeze solid,then put in a bag you have made,I have used fleece,hand towels and dish towels,what ever.

  2. Great idea! How do you store them? Can they sit out or do they need to be in a ziplock or the freezer?

  3. How do you wash them and keep them clean and fresh?

    • I don’t recommend washing it. You can spot clean it or if it is badly soiled I would cut it open, wash the corn and thoroughly dry it and make a new cover.

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