Homemade Heating Pad

Homemade Heating Pad

Winter can bring aches, pains, and headaches but I have a favorite comfort item that is simple to make! It just takes just a minute to prepare for easing tired muscles or pounding heads. I was inspired by this pretty one here on Scratchmommy.com, making mine a bit longer and using flannel to be more comforting in the winter weather! While this easy diy is great to make to keep on hand for yourself, it also makes a thoughtful gift for friends and family. You can use a variety of pretty flannels to make them unique. From the comforting warmth to the soft texture and the relaxing scent of lavender, this Homemade Heating Pad is a winner.

This post is part of our 2016 Homemade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2016 Home Made Christmas Gifts.

Homemade Heating Pad

 

Homemade Heating Pad

For this Homemade Heating Pad / DIY Heating Pack you will need:

6 cups white rice

12″ x 24″ flannel fabric

2 T. dried lavender flowers

8-20 drops lavender essential oil

Directions for the Homemade Heating Pad:

If you have not yet, cut your flannel into a 12″ x 24″ length.

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Fold in half lengthwise, right side to right side, sew up one end, down the length, and halfway across the other end.

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Next, in a large bowl, stir together rice, lavender, and essential oil. Mix it well to distribute the essential oil evenly.

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Pour or funnel rice mixture into flannel tube.

img_2908-1Tuck unsewn part inward, you can either do a hidden stitch inside by hand or just sew all the way across with the machine.

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To use your Homemade Heating Pad:

Heat in microwave for approximately 1 minute. After 1 minute, carefully check to see how warm the pad is. If you want the pad warmer, heat it again in 30 second increments, checking the temperature after every 30 seconds so it doesn’t get too hot. When it is a nice temperature and feels ready to use, gently place it on your neck, back, knee, or wherever you need heat and aromatherapy. Use it for 10 minutes at a time, and then take a 10 minute break before you use it again. Be careful not to fall asleep with it on! 🙂

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If you loved this simple Homemade Heating Pad / DIY Heat Pack, be sure to check out other great DIY Homemade Gift ideas in our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

 

Comments {11}

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  • 11.26.16 Tonia

    Do you have to use the lavender? Can it be plain rice? Thanks

  • 11.26.16 Jaime Prideaux

    Lavender is optional. 🙂

  • 12.16.16 Valerie Lerma

    thanks for posting this ive been looking for ways to make heating pads without having to spend so much money and for them to be effective in relieving the pain and i finally found it here

  • 01.06.17 Lisa Johnston

    Wow what an easy gift to make, I love it 🙂

  • 01.13.17 Angela Lombardi

    Cant wait to make one!

  • 04.01.17 Karen Propes

    Thanks so much, I needed this the other day. I will stop and make one so i will have it when I need it the next time.

  • 04.01.17 Tracey Concannon

    I can’t believe how easy it is to make this! How long does the scent last on these? Thanks!

  • 04.04.17 Margaret Appel

    I love how easy this would be to make the homemade heating pad. Thank you for sharing, I am going to drag out the sewing machine & try making this!

  • 04.28.17 Cindi Hatch

    These will come in very handy!! Thanks for the DIY!

  • 05.05.17 Tricia Hope

    The essential oil is a nice touch

  • 05.07.17 Judy Thomas

    What a brilliant idea and great for gifts too 🙂