Remember that whole me being pregnant thing??? Right. Well, sadly, for me that means a whole lot of sciatic pain and complimentary pain in my sacrum. It's just part of the deal for me I guess. However, the pain is lightened with my perfect heating pad.
Why is it perfect?? Because it is just the right size, with just the right amount of rice that is equally distributed and it's completely fabulous and cozy. Oh, and the added bonus?? It only took two hours to make two of them.
This tutorial will give you instructions for making both an adult-sized heating pad and a child-sized one.
So let's get started!!
Here's what you'll need:
For a Large-
8.5" x 10.25" flannel (short end on fold so entire piece is 8.5 x 20.5)
about 3lbs white rice
For a small-
6.5" x 14.25" flannel (short end on so entire piece is 6.5 x 28.5)
about 2 lbs white rice
1/4 - 1/2 cup measuring cup
(you'll need a little less than a 1/2 yard for both heating pads...I just used up some flannel scraps I had)
First, fold fabric right sides together. Sew one long side and the short side together, leaving a long side open.
**TIP--on the open long side, sew in 1.2 inch from the short sides, this will give you a nice corner when you turn it.
Once you've sewn all the edges, clip the corners (like above) and turn your bag right side out and push out the corners.
Now it's time to mark where your pockets will be.
Large: mark 4 lines every 4"
Small: mark 3 lines every 3.5"
Sew these lines, starting at the closed edge and stopping 1/2" from the open side.
Now fold in and press the opening closed.
Here's the fun...and messy (I currently have a lot of rice surrounding my sewing desk...) part. Time to fill your pockets with rice. Do one pocket at a time!! Fill it, then sew it closed. And do the next pocket.
Large: fill each pocket with 1.5 cups rice
Small: fill each pocket with 1 cup of rice.
Snip all of your threads and you're done!
Now all you have to do is find a recipient, or go throw it in the microwave for 2.5-3 minutes and enjoy the warmth all to yourself. I find myself warming this sucker up when my husband has to work nights and there's no one in my bed to keep my feet warm. Works like a charm.
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