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Resident’s corn bag heaters to appear at arts, crafts show

December 4, 2009

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The Hunninghake family will sell field corn bag heaters at the inaugural  Holiday Extravaganza Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday. Warming up with the bags Monday at their home are Melissa Hunninghake, center, and her children, from left, Blaine, 3,  Aaron, 6, and Macey, 8.

The Hunninghake family will sell field corn bag heaters at the inaugural Holiday Extravaganza Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday. Warming up with the bags Monday at their home are Melissa Hunninghake, center, and her children, from left, Blaine, 3, Aaron, 6, and Macey, 8.

More information

• Holiday Extravaganza Arts and Crafts Show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Building 21 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 21st and Harper streets.

• More than 80 artisans will display handmade arts and crafts.

• Some spaces are still available to rent, and they cost between $50 and $75.

• For more information, contact Duane Peterson, the city’s special events supervisor, at 832-7940 or at dpeterson@ci.lawrence.ks.us.

Usually, placing a bag of corn in a microwave leads to popcorn.

But not always. Sometimes, it’s a way to heat the body and soothe sore muscles. That is, if you heat one of Lawrence resident Melissa Hunninghake’s field corn bag heaters.

The fabric bag heaters are filled with field corn. They come in pocket size, a small pillow size, and in a thinner, longer shape to drape around your neck. Put them in the microwave for a few minutes, and you have an instant heater for a couple of hours. And no, the corn won’t pop.

The heaters will be one of many crafts displayed at Saturday’s inaugural Holiday Extravaganza Arts and Crafts Show at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Hunninghake got the idea to make corn bag heaters from her sister, who gave her one years ago. Hunninghake and her family use them at bedtime, snuggling the bags on their feet and behind their necks.

Last year she started making them with her three children — Macey, 8, Aaron, 6, and Blaine, 3. They began selling them to friends for the holidays and decided to expand the business this year to Saturday’s show.

The heaters cost less than $10, and the Hunninghake family plans to use the proceeds for holiday gifts and school supplies.

Hunninghake said the bag heaters are also a fun holiday craft for her children, who are home-schooled. “I thought it’d be a great home ec thing,” she said.

Each of the three children has a job in the process. Aaron and Blaine fill the bags with corn, and Macey does the sewing.

But the final say on the fabric used on the bag heaters is up to mom, who recently decided to use Kansas University and Kansas State University fabric on some of the heaters.

In their Lawrence home, which also doubles as the bag heater assembly plant, Blaine recently asked his mom about adding another college fabric to the product line.

“What about Missouri?” Blaine said.

“No, we won’t be using Missouri,” Hunninghake said.

For more information about the bag heaters, visit their Web site at wix.com/3kidscornbags/3kidscornbags.

Comments

FreshAirFanatic 5 years ago

Who said it's not a good time to start a business! Good luck kids!

nbnozzy 5 years ago

Okay, no Missouri bags...... then I'll buy a couple. Actually my girlfriend already told me we WILL be purchasing a few of them this weekend. I think this is a great idea for this family and I wish them much success.

KansasPerson 5 years ago

Great idea. I'm impressed that the heat lasts for a few hours.

I have read that in the old days, people used to warm up salt in the oven and fold it up in a cloth to use much the same way.

cellogrl 5 years ago

I have three of these that a friend of mine made. They are WONDERFUL! I really recommend them.

short_one 5 years ago

Rice works just as well! Very nice.

nbnozzy 5 years ago

Well, I did purchase 2 warmers today and put in a specialty order for $40 worth of the small hand warmers as gifts. I met the family in person and they seem like very nice folks. I hope others support their endeavors.

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