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Homemade Heating Pad
Sometime right around the first part of the year I did something to injure my shoulders. I’d been having issues for a while and then all of the sudden I was out of commission from serious back pain for about a week and then still hurt for another week. Thanks to several issues that cause inflammation in my body, my chiropractor told me it’s going to be an on-going issue and something I’ll need to deal with. In addition to some new supplements and treatments I’ve been using even more ice and heat (I’m supposed to alternate both) on my shoulder area.
Have you ever tried to use a heating pad or an ice pack on your shoulders? It just doesn’t work! It’s an awkward shape and doesn’t fit snugly around the area you need it to. After having great success with making my own Homemade Hand Warmers last month I decided that a full homemade Heating Pad wouldn’t be that difficult. And it’s not! This project takes about 30 minutes, start to finish. I even made a nice little cover for mine so if it gets dirty I can just toss the cover in the wash. Another reason I love this project is because you can use fabric scraps!
Homemade Heating Pad
Start with 2 pieces of cotton flannel fabric. Make sure you are using cotton and make sure it doesn’t have any metallic in the fabric otherwise your microwave will not be happy with you. (I got mine from Fabric.com)For the cover, you need a piece of flannel that is 24 long by 18 inches wide. For the heating pad you will measure a piece of flannel that is 22 inches long by 16 inches wide.
For the heating pad, fold the fabric is half the long way (so now it’s 22 inches by 8 inches folded over) with the wrong sides out. Sew along one short side and one long side, just like you are making a pillowcase. Turn it inside out when you are done.
Make a mark with a fabric pencil every 5 1/2 inches. This will help you sew in a straight line the 4 different sections of the heating pad.
Fill the bottom of the heating pad bag with 1 1/2 cups of rice. Sew along the first line you made. Fill the next section with another 1 1/2 cups of rice, sew again, repeat for the 3rd and 4th sections.
Finished heating pad! Set this aside for a moment.
Heating Pad Cover
Take your other piece of fabric (for the cover) and on one of the shorter (18 inch) ends, sew a hem.
Then do the exact same for the cover as you did with the heating pad, sew on the wrong side in a pillowcase shape, leaving the hemmed end open.
Once it’s finished, take the heating pad and slip it in to the cover (just like you would with a pillow into a pillowcase) and you are done!
The makes a nice long heating pad. Perfect for putting right over your shoulders and neck. Whenever it needs to be washed simply slip the pad out of the cover and wash the cover with your other clothing.
To warm up the homemade heating pad, simply place the entire thing (You can put the cover in too) into the microwave and warm for about 1-2 minutes depending on your microwave settings. Don’t warm up for too long otherwise you may scorch the bag and the rice. This pad stays warm up to an hour. You can also place the bag in the freezer for a cool pack. If you don’t have a microwave you can warm this up by simply laying it on top of a warm stove. Enjoy! 🙂
Make the smaller version of this homemade heating pad perfect for pockets…Homemade Hand Warmers!