As winter is in full swing (that means snow in Crested Butte and rain in San Francisco) we thought it was about time to make some handmade goods that will be wonderful during this season. Welcome the rice filled heating pad. Who doesn’t have tight shoulders and an achy neck? This DIY is a perfect gift for all of your friends! All you need is soft flannel fabric, sewing machine and rice.
Read more for details on how to make this therapeutic relief for body aches and pains! Give this DIY Homemade Heating Pad – Handmade Gift Series a try!
Supplies: a half yard pre-washed cotton flannel fabric, sewing machine, thread, scissors, and rice (essential oils optional)
1. Measure and cut two 28 x 8 rectangles out of flannel fabric.
2. Right- sides facing, sew a 1/4 in seam along 3 sides, leaving most of the top shorter seam open (sew one inch in).
3. Inside out the “tube” of fabric. Cut off corners. Sew an 1/8 inseam around the 3 sides, leaving the top open again.
4. Sew into the top opening inch in on either side. This is where you will pour the rice.
5. Next you will mark out sections for rice “pockets”. I did six, 3.75 inch sections. Lightly mark with chalk. Fill the bottom section with about 3/4 cup rice.
5b. This step was my most difficult one. Push the rice down and pin across the rice leaving enough room for your pressure foot to clear. You do not want to overfill the section as it will make it very difficult to make a seam. Repeat this step for the rest of the sections.
6. After you have completed the last rice section, sew the section closed. Then fold down and press end twice to create a hem. This will add a nice and secure end. My heating pad ends up measuring 24 x 6.
Note: I would recommend heating the pad in the microwave for 2 minutes. You do not want to over heat and burn the rice. Do not get the pack wet as the rice will hold the water and start to smell, etc. over time.
*You can add essential oil to the rice prior to sewing the pad.
All photos by Sara Albers for alice & lois