When I’m sore, cold, or sick there’s just something about a heating pad. Since I’m basically queen of making do with what I have, I’ve been known to fill a long sock with rice and heat it up in the microwave The rice stays nice and hot, and is easy and cheap to use.
Yesterday as I was cleaning out my sewing room, going through my huge scraps box, when an idea struck me.
Instead of using socks, I’m sure I could scrap bust and make something a bit prettier and functional.
Thus was born my rice heating pad. Mine ended up being the exact same side as my ipad, which works well for me. If you made yours a bit longer it could be great for using around your neck.
It took me about ten minutes to make, which probably explains the lack of pictures. I tried my best to diagram it out for you. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. It’s really simple, I promise.
Cut a piece of fabric that is going to be about an inch longer double the amount of height you would like your final heating pad to be.
On your long sides, press the seam allowance in.
Then Fold it in half, hot dog style, so the right sides are touching. Sew using about an inch seam allowance. Trim your seams.
Flip your pouch out again so the right sides are on the outside. Press so your seams are neat.
Then sew channels along the pouch on the outside. Leave enough room so it’s not hard to get rice in. You sew the channels so the rice stays evenly distributed, and so it can easily wrap to you body.
I used a funnel to get in my rice, leaving enough room to sew it shut.
I sewed a double row of stitching just to make sure it was secure.
And your done. This is a handy little heating pad, and make great gifts. Now that it’s getting colder, we all could use a little heat, no?
To use, simply place in your microwave and “cook” for about a minute at a time until it reaches the desired temperature. If it’s too hot, wrap it in a hand towel until it cools down.