Happy day-after-Thanksgiving! Who's suffering from a food coma?! But isn't that the best part? What was your favorite food? Anything new on the menu? I'm over at Persia Lou sharing a tutorial for making a cute washable cover for the handmade heating pad that I'm sharing here today!
I first discovered handmade heating pads from a co-worker. I was having a rough day at work and asked her if she had a heating pad (one-in-a-million shot) and she did! But it was made of fleece and beans and had to be warmed up in the microwave! I was shocked... and hooked!
To make a handmade heating pad you only need a few items.
100% Cotton fabric
Before you get started making the heating pad choose what you will use for your filler. You can use any of the following grains... whatever you have on hand or whatever is on sale when you want to make it. Plan on about 2.5 cups per heating pad.
Once you have your filler, set aside and get to working on your heating pad.
Step One: Iron your fabric and cut a square so that when you fold it over you have a rectangle. Folded over, mine measured about 4"x10". But you can make your heating pad any shape and size you want. Fold your fabric in half with right sides together. Pin edges if you need to.
Steps Two & Three: Using your sewing machine, sew around one short side, the long side, and about 2/3 of the other short side shut. Then trim the corners off.
Step Four: Pull your fabric right side out through the opening you left in the short side. Push out the corners with your finger. Lay flat.
Step Five: Measure out 2.5 cups of your filler and pour it into your heating pad form (I used a paper funnel... you will need a funnel). I used long grain brown rice as my filler.
Step Six: Fold under the open fabric and take back to your sewing machine and sew shut.
Optional Step Seven: Separate the filler into two parts, sew down the center to create to pockets. Sew each pocket in half (splitting the filler in two parts again). Then you have a heating pad where the filler is evenly distributed.
To warm the heating pad, place in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. The heating pad cannot be washed and eventually the filler will burn and start to smell bad. At that time you can make another or use a clean 100% cotton sock and knot it at the end.
If you go the sock route, then you will want to make the cute washable cover that I am sharing today at Persia Lou!
Here we go with the official countdown to Christmas! Hope you add this project to your to make list!