Mar 27, 2015

How To Make A Lavender Rice Heat Pad

Today I made a new lavender rice heat pad.  I made a few of these in different shapes and sizes many years ago but with all the Lyme pain we've used them so much they finally fell apart.  So, it was about time to make another one and I thought it would be fun to share it with you.

Here's my disclaimer, I am not a seamstress and quite honestly I really don't know how to sew.  I used to tease my seamstress friend and tell her that I "rig" sew.  I can't follow a pattern, I hate to measure the fabric and follow directions.

Basically, I visualize what I want and just go for it.   I know, I know, for those of you who can sew this may be painful to read through but for those of you like me, you'll love it and see that you really don't need any skill to make one of these warm, cozy, yummy smelling heat pads.

So, here we go.  The first thing you'll need is fabric.  I chose a nice weight of fabric, not too thick but also not so thin that it will tear apart quickly.   I didn't measure it but it's approximately 18"x12" after it was made.  So, you'll need a little extra for the seam allowance.

The first thing I did was cut my fabric and then I ironed it because I've had it for awhile and it needed it.  I also folded the edges down and ironed those all the way around just to make sewing a little easier.
Next, I sewed the seams down all the way around.  Then I folded the fabric in half and decided how large I wanted my rice "pockets" to be.  I didn't pin or mark these areas, again I just eyed it and sewed across the fabric leaving the outside edges open so that I could fill them with rice.

Don't laugh at my edges, I realized after I did two sides that my bobbin wasn't in correctly so I had to take those apart and redo them.

Once I sewed my pockets, leaving the outside edges open, I went ahead and mixed up my rice.  I added 10 drops of my Young Living Lavender essential oil to the rice and mixed it up.  Then I measured my rice so that it filled the pocket but not too full.

If there's too much rice you won't be able to sew the edges.  My pockets held almost 2 cups.

The last part is always the hardest and that's sewing up the very last seam.

Once your last seam is sewn, clean up all the leftover strings.  I know this sounds funny but I shake my bag just to make sure all the rice stays safe and secure inside and that I didn't miss any areas.

Once you're finished, place your rice heat pad in the microwave.  Mine feels great after 3 minutes.

Now it's time to sit back and enjoy all my hard work.

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  1. This is when I miss not having a microwave. I have been given these bags as gifts but I have no way to heat them up. I love this blog!!!!

    1. Glenna, I've read that you could put these in the oven but you have to watch them and it takes longer. I haven't gotten to the place where I'm ready to give up my microwave even though I don't use it often we do use it for our heat pads. :)


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