Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Homemade Heating Pad

Sometimes the pain can really get to you and you need something to take the edge off. If you don't have a heating pad that you like, then try making (or having someone make) this heating pad for you. It could be helpful for painful necks and backs or just relieving excess tension. I have not made this pad myself, but it sounds pretty easy and is probably much more attractive than an ordinary heating pad! An even quicker option would be to take an attractive and soft sock, fill as instructed below, and sew the open end closed. Hope this helps those aching muscles and joints!

I promise I will post about drugs sometime soon...things have been bumpy lately, so I haven't been able to post about it yet, but I will!

Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living, Inc

Tools and Materials
Sewing machine
Fabric (about 1/2 yard will make at least one)
Machine-sewing thread in coordinating color
Bone folder
Dried cherry pits or buckwheat
Lavender essential oil (optional)

Heating Pad How-To
1. Fold a 20-by-14-inch piece of fabric in half lengthwise, right sides facing.
2. Sew one short side and one long side with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
3. Fold the open end out 1/4 inch and press it.
4. Clip the corners, being careful not to cut into the seams. Turn the fabric right side out.
5. Use a bone folder to push out the corners and make them sharp.
6. Fill the bag a little less than halfway with dried cherry pits or buckwheat. If desired, the pits or buckwheat can be mixed with a few drops of lavender oil before filling.
7. Close the open end of the bag with a top stitch.

1 comment:

Jackie said...

A quick note about the heating pads - use whole buckwheat SEEDS, not hulls, as the filler. Hulls cannot be safely heated in all microwaves.

And very best wishes on your journey to health!

Jackie and Lindsay

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