Saturday, November 19, 2016

Gift Idea - DIY Corn Heating Pads

Happy Saturday! It's been a cold and gloomy day here so far. Most of my day has been spent doing laundry and  watching Hallmark Christmas movies by the warm wood stove with Audrey.  All these Christmas movies have me really excited to decorate for Christmas, but I'm still holding off until after Thanksgiving.  Speaking of Christmas, have you started your shopping yet?  I've bought a few things, but I'd like to add in a few homemade gifts this year as well.  If you enjoy making gifts, then this could be a good gift idea for you! 

We all love microwavable corn heating pads around here, even our kids.  The ones we had were finally wearing out, so instead of buying new ones, I decided to make them.  I made several so we could also give them as Christmas gifts.  To make them extra special I added in dried lavender because I love the soothing, calming scent.  I omitted the lavender for my husband, he isn't a fan.

We are loving these so much. I want to share all the details with you all in case you want to make a few as well!

Here's what you need:
Corn/deer corn (ours is from a local feed store)
Cotton thread
Dried lavender buds (optional)

First you need to decide what size you would like to make.  I folded a piece of fabric (2 yards) in half, and was able to cut out 9 larger rectangles and 3 smaller ones, totaling 12 heating pads all together.  I chose blue ticking fabric because I love the vintage look.  We always have these heating pads lying around so they might as well match our decor!  I pre-washed the fabric before hand.

Pictured below is the corn I used as well as the dried lavender buds.

 Place like sides to like sides to sew your heating pad together, making sure to leave an open place to pour in the corn.

Before turning the fabric right side out be sure to trim the excess fabric on each corner.

Turn the fabric right side out.

Now that the heating pad is turned right side out it's time to iron.  This is an important step because it makes sewing the zig zag stitch (not sure the actual stitch name) around the perimeter much easier and neater.

 After ironing, I used the zig zag stitch around the edges to create more durability and a more finished look.

Now it's time to fill it up!

For my heating pads, which measure approximately 10.5 inches by 8.5 inches, I used 3 to 4 little medicine cups full of dried lavender and 4 to 5 cups of corn.  I found that using a funnel made the process of filling up the bags much easier.

Sew up the opening and you're ready to enjoy your new corn heating pad or package it up beautifully to give as a gift!

Instructions for use:
Place corn bag in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.  For cold use, place corn pad in a sealed freezer bag and place in the freezer.

I hope this has inspired you to DIY a few Christmas gifts this year!  If you're not into crafting but would love to have one of these of your own or to give as a gift, I have listed a few in my Etsy store available for purchase!

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Have a BLESSED day!
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Our Thanksgiving Thankful Tree

Hey guys! Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving? I feel like fall is flying by way too fast. We just celebrated my son's 5th birthday over the weekend.  Most years I'm ready to break out the Christmas decor as soon as birthday decor is put away, but not this year.  One of my goals is to create more family traditions in our home.  My grandmother never ever decorates for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, and I want to do the same around here.


I thought it would be fun and meaningful to begin a new tradition, our Thanksgiving Thankful Tree.  I set up a pencil Christmas tree in our living room and decorated it with all things fall. Burlap ribbon, leaves, pumpkins, and sweet ornaments that read grateful.  In addition to the store bought decor, we decided to make ornaments that we could write on each day explaining one thing we are each thankful for leading up to Thanksgiving day.


I found this free printable to use for our template from the blog, Making The World Cuter.  I also gathered some glue, craft paper (I actually used brown paper bags because I already had them) and jute twine.

The craft paper border adds a little depth to each ornament and ties them in with the rest of the tree decor.

Audrey and I went ahead and made several of these so each day we can add more ornaments to the tree expressing what we are thankful for.

This has been such a fun way to encourage our kids and my husband and me to really reflect on how much we have to be grateful for.  We are able to slow down and focus on being content with where we are right this moment, and it's beautiful! 

Thanksgiving has always been sort of skimmed over around here in the past, so I'm excited to begin this new family tradition.

What kind of Thanksgiving traditions do you enjoy with your family?  Do you decorate for Christmas before or after Thanksgiving? I'd love to hear about it!


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Have a BLESSED day!

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