Oh your back is just so sore! What in the world would make it feel a little better? Heat yes that would help, but you went to Wal-Mart and the only heating pads they have are twenty dollars and you’re on a really tight budget what do you do? You make your own heating pad!
You only need three things for this project and you’re already going to have them around. You’ll need a piece of cloth. It can be a remnant you have lying around, part of an old blanket, or pieces of an old shirt, it doesn’t matter it just has to be cloth. It doesn’t even have to be a particular size.
You will also need some beans or rice. Rice works the same way. Beans and rice, if dry, hold in heat. You know you have some somewhere. You probably bought some a while back meaning to use them or thinking you might use more beans, but decided cooking beans wasn’t worth the effort. So yes you have some somewhere.
And then of course, the thread to sew with.
Take your piece of cloth or two pieces of cloth if that is how you are choosing to do this and turn them wrong side out, then sew up three sides. Leave one side open, like you are sewing a pillow case.
Once you have done that, turn your sewing right side out. The idea is to sew channels down the open side of your sewing. I marked about every two inches. Sew vertically from the closed side to the open side, stopping about an inch away from the top.
This is what sewing the channels will look like.
Once you have sewn the channels all the way down your sewing, then you are ready to fill it up.
Using a tablespoon put one spoon’s worth of beans in each channel. Shake your sewing to get everything to the bottom.
Once a spoonful of beans is in each channel, you are going to sew across, as in perpendicular to the channels you sewed earlier.
You can use pins to keep the beans in their places, but I just moved them out-of-the-way while I was sewing. Repeat this step. I got four rows of beans in my heating pad. I tried to go about two inches apart on my rows just like the channels.
A quick tip, your sewing machine probably isn’t going to pull this along like it would something else you were sewing because this is so heavy. You are probably going to have to help this along a little through your sewing machine.
Now when you get to the very top most row don’t just sew across to seal in the beans like the other rows.
You are going to hem up the top. Remember you didn’t sew the channels all the way to the top, you stopped about an inch short to allow for a hem. Turn that allowance down and inside on both sides then pin it together like shown. Do this all the way down the heating pad.
Once you have sewn the hem up, snip off any dangling strings and your heating pad is done.
My heating pad is long so I can roll it up to store it or heat it up.
To use: Place in the microwave for 1-2 minutes then place on area you would like to use heat on. You may have to vary the time. These beans can get HOT! You could also use the oven, if you don’t have a microwave, but I don’t have a time for the oven. You can put cloth in the oven, just on low temperatures, this method is generally used to sterilize material for whatever reason.
An upcoming project will be a cover for the heating pad so the heating pad itself won’t get dirty from use, because you CANNOT put this in the washing machine ok, well, that is, unless you want a nasty mess.
An added bonus is, you can also put this is the freezer to make it cold. The beans or rice will retain some coolness, but for not as long as they retain heat. It’s good for those migraines that come along and threaten to ruin perfectly good days.
So this is how to make a homemade heating pad.