Monday, October 22, 2012

Homemade Heating Pad

Oh my goodness.  I can't believe I haven't been here in two weeks.  Sorry folks.  It has been so crazy, getting near a computer just wasn't an option.  Planning a baby shower, getting things ready for two craft shows, organizing a yard sale and running a household just didn't leave me any time for blogging.  That being said, I've been working on lots of projects and trying recipes.  I'm in process of a few projects and still have a few left to start.  All which I'll be able to show you!

Handmade Heating Pads

I made these last Christmas for the ladies in my family and of course, myself.  I have used mine and love it.  Now that the weather is cooling, I expect to be using it a lot more.  Brassy Apple has a great tutorial that I followed and now I want to share it with you!

The best thing about these, aside from the yummy smell, is that they are super easy.  You need maybe 15 minutes from start to finish.

wheat or rice
essential oil
sewing machine and things that go along with it

Cut your material 10x14. Make sure your 14" side goes along with the pattern of your fabric.  

This is where my directions differed from the Brassy Apple tutorial.  Fold your fabric in half, right sides together so that it's 5x14.  Leaving one end open as your top, sew along the long side and the bottom end.  It should give you a tube with one end open.

Fold your raw edges in about 1/2 inch and press flat.  

Put 3.5 - 4 cups of rice or wheat into a bowl.  I've used both and just happened to have rice available to me this day for my project.  I've used Red Mill wheat and like it just as well as the rice.  Add 3-5 drops of your essential oil and stir.  I've used peppermint and lavendar.  Then scoop your rice into your tube.  It will fill it about halfway or just a little less.  

Top stitch two rows to secure it.  Make sure you're stitching on the 1/2 inch that you folded in so it will be nice and strong.  That's it.  You're finished!  Pop that bad boy in the microwave 45-60 seconds and enjoy.  It's a treat for your muscles and your nose!  

Send me pictures if you make one!

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  1. LOve your idea of adding essential oil... Because rice doesn't always smell terrific....
    But essential oil: they do!

    Enjoy your nice warm cozy hot pads!

  2. Do you have a printable gift tag too?

  3. love the essential oils idea! make your hands smell good after you take your gloves off/warmers out. thanks for this tip!

  4. I love simple projects - this one is great and nice and useful too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. Hi! Just wondering what type of rice you are using or if it matters. Thanks!


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