With the cold winter we we have been having – do your joints and muscles ache? I have just the thing for that! You can make your own heating pad in just a few minutes that will last a long time. Not only a project to complete in the comfort of your warm home, but to also help keep your aches and pains at bay!
Homemade Microwave Heating Pads
These can be made without a pattern. Just cut out the size of pad you want (with 1/2” seam allowance).
Old towels or washcloths
Full Cotton – plain, print, flannels, and denim
Cotton is the best fabric to microwave, so keep that in mind when choosing your fabric.
Spices, herbs, or essential oils. If using any of these, mix into filler (such as with rice) and let set for 3-4 days in a sealed container and stir occasionally. This will help get the fragrance evenly distributed throughout your filler.
How to make:
Cut and sew the fabric in the size you want – usually a wash cloth size is just right.
Leave only about 1-2 inches open so that you can fill the pad with your filler. Fill to about ¾ full so that it is moldable to your body. Sew the remaining opening by hand or machine and keep filler pushed away from the opening while sewing it shut.
If you want a removable cover, sew one just slightly larger than the pad filled with your filler.. You can leave one end open or sew a Velcro strip to be able to close it and open it easily. Remove cover to wash as needed. Do not microwave the cover.
Directions on use:
Heat 1-3 minutes in the microwave, depending on the size of the pad. Do not leave unattended in case the pad would start to smoke – do not want it to start on fire. Shut microwave off immediately if this happens. You can set a cup of water in with the pad or spritz the pad slightly first if you want some moisture. If you added spices or herbs, this is a good idea to do before heating the pad.
When you take the pad out – DO NOT immediately put it on the area you need it on – make sure the pad is not too hot for the skin – especially for children. These are great to use to help with aches and pains or to pamper yourself. Like if you have a difficult time sleeping – one filled with lavender may have you sleeping like a baby in no time.
If you are not into sewing, but want to try this out – use an old tube sock without holes and fill it with rice, tie the end and then microwave – for a quick heating pad in minutes!
Great for taking on vacation also!
(Photos used from a Google search for examples)