How to Sew Ears of Corn

How to Sew Ears of Corn

Prepare a bountiful harvest table and include an abundance of fall ears of corn. Make them in a variety of fall fabrics or yellow-and-white checked fabric for yellow corn. Fill a bowl, attach them to a wreath, or place them in a basket next to your hearth. Greet the season with this easy craft, and gift them to those who you are thankful for. Each ear of corn takes a small amount of fabric and very little time to create. Spend an afternoon of family time crafting this simple decoration.


Step 1

Taper the length of the cardboard, halfway to the end, to measure 2 by 8 inches. Round the 2-inch end.

Step 2

Fold the square of fall fabric in half with the right sides together. Lay the pattern for the ear of corn on the fabric and draw around it. Pin the layers together.

Step 3

Sew around the ear of corn on the drawn line. Leave the 3 1/2-inch end open.

Step 4

Cut out the ear of corn, cutting close to the stitched line.

Step 5

Turn the ear of corn right side out. Iron and stuff.

Step 6

Cut four pieces of paper twist 7 inches long. Unravel the paper twist pieces for the corn husks on the ear of corn.

Step 7

Fold a short end in half, and glue one corn husk. Overlap the glued husk with another one facing the opposite way. Twist the glued ends together. Overlap a third husk over the glued husk ends. Overlap the three husks with the last husk facing the opposite way.

Step 8

Fold in the open edge of the ear of corn a 1/4 inch. Sew a running stitch around the edge.

Step 9

Poke a hole in the stuffing at the top of the ear of corn. Fill the hole with craft glue. Insert the glued and gathered ends of the corn husks into the hole.

Step 10

Gather the running stitch from the ear of corn edge around the corn husks. Stitch through the husk layers a few times. Finish with a knot, and clip.

Step 11

Separate the husks. Bend and scrunch to make the husks look more natural.

Tips and Warnings

Nature is full of many colors and textures. Experiment with purple, red and gold colors, and burlap, satins and corduroy fabric. When gluing the ends of the corn husks, use a clothespin to hold them together until the hot glue is cooled. Raffia or different-colored paper twist may be used for the corn husks.

Things You'll Need

9-inch square of fall fabric, 28-inch tan paper twist, Stuffing, Iron, Sewing machine, Scissors, Matching thread, Hand sewing needle, Craft glue, Hot glue, 3 1/2 by 8 inch piece of light weight cardboard, Pencil, Pins

About this Author

Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for over 20 years.

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