Winter is here and showing absolutely no signs of leaving. I know it's hard for most of you to believe, but we actually have snow on the ground until May. That means we still have at least two more months of shoveling, snow-blowing and slipping on the ice.
When your daily activity involves one of those three it's very handy to have at least one of these around, even several if you can manage. Perfect for all those achy places including your neck and shoulders, back, stomach cramps and even your feet. It pays to have this awesome DIY heating pad ready to go whenever your aches call. All you need is soft flannel fabric, a sewing machine and some uncooked rice.
So are you ready to make your own?
Cutting your fabric:
A simple ruler and scissors is all you really need, but I do love my rotary cutter. :)
Measure and cut two 18" x 8" rectangles out of flannel fabric.
To assemble heating pad:
With right sides together, using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew around your rectangle leaving a 1 1/2" opening on one of the shorter sides. Make sure to back stitch the beginning and end of your stitching to hold it tight.
Once sewn, cut the corners off at an angle being very careful to not cut through or too close to the stitching. Turn the fabric right side out through the hole left in the stitching.
Sew an 1/8" inseam around the 3 sides, leaving the top open again.
This next step is completely optional. You will be dividing your heating pad into 5 sections. You can use a piece of chalk to measure and evenly mark them ahead of time. I have a tendency to just eyeball the distance and hope it comes out right. If you like to be more precise, mark them now.
Pour 3/4 cup of rice into pad. Press done to the bottom.
This step was my most difficult one. Push the rice down and pin across where you would like the division between sections to be 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. Sew across section division.
Repeat this step for the rest of the sections. Fill, Pin, Sew.
After you have completed the last rice section, hand stitch the hole closed. Using your machine, sew an 1/8" inseam across the top matching the seam sewn around the other 3 sides earlier.
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