DIY Microwaveable Heat Pack / Hot Pad - stay warm, relax

DIY Microwaveable Heat Pack / Hot Pad – stay warm, relax

Welcome to my Blog, the DIY part of Kylie.T. Interiors. Today I’m going to show you how to make a simple and sturdy microwaveable heat pack using simple items found around the house.

Supplies:

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1 – Fabric (thick cotton is best like “Duck”)

2 – Cotton same color as fabric

3 – Ruler

4 – Scissors

5 – Rice – enough to fill your heat pack to the ½ or ¾ full mark. There are many different types of grain that are  suitable. See link below for added options.

http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/organic-fillers-warming-pads-we-compare-rice-corn-and-flaxseed

I’ve also used lentils and wheat in the past

DIY Microwaveable Heat Pack/Hot Pad

6 – Essential oil

7 – Sewing pins

8 – Piece of paper

9 – Iron

10 – Sewing machine

11 – Tape (scotch tape or any kind)

 

How do we make it?

Step 1: Cut 2 identical pieces of fabric to the size and shape of your choice. This is the heat pack bag. Mine is rectangular and about 8” x 6” (20cm x 16cm)

DIY Microwaveable Heat Pack/Hot Pad

Step 2: Place right sides together of both pieces of the heat pack bag and align the corners. Sew around the edges of  3½ of the sides leaving a ½” (1cm)  seam allowance.

DIY Microwaveable Heat Pack/Hot Pad

Step 3: Snip corners of the heat pack bag off on an angle to de-bulk. Be careful not to go too close to the seam.

DIY Microwaveable Heat Pack/Hot Pad

Step 4: Turn heat pack bag in the right way making sure corners are well turned out and press. Using the same color cotton as your fabric, top-stitch SEWN seams only.

DIY Microwaveable Heat Pack/Hot Pad

DIY Microwaveable Heat Pack/Hot Pad

Step 5: Add a few drops of essential oil to your rice

DIY Microwaveable Heat Pack/Hot Pad

Step 6: Roll paper into a funnel shape and tape in place. Insert this into the ½  seam that remains open of your heat pack bag.

DIY Microwaveable Heat Pack/Hot Pad

Step 7: Pour the rice into your heat pack bag via your paper funnel so it is ½ – ¾ full

Step 8: Pin the remaining open seam of the heat pack bag closed and top-stitch around the last seam.

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…and you’re done, you have a heat pack/hot pad. Microwave for 1-3 minutes depending on size.

Here are some of mine:

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Sources of Inspiration: http://www.mysocalledcraftylife.com/2012/12/06/12-days-of-handmade-diy-flannel-heating-packs-hand-warmers/

http://aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com/2011/06/winter-warmers/