Homemade Heating Pad how to do it yourself
Easy instructions to make your own microwave heating pad
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Tear off an 8 inch strip of 44″ inch wide cotton fabric.
Fold in half lengthwise, right sides together, so that now you have a 8″ by 22″ rectangle.
Sew the two long edges shut with a one quarter inch seam allowance.
Fold down the open edge one half inch and press.
Now turn the bag right side out and sew a seam directly down the middle lengthwise, stopping and starting 2 inches from each end.
This forms a partition that helps keep the filler evenly distributed.
Usually one long lengthwise partition will make your heating pad drape and conform better then several short crosswise ones will.
Now its time to fill it.
What kind of filler to use is up to you. Commonly used fillers are dried corn, rice, Flax seed, wheat or other grain or seed.
Be sure not to overfill, it is easy to do, usually about 2/3 full is about right.
If your homemade heating pad does not conform well to your body and just sets on top like a bag of rocks, it means you have it overfilled.
You can pin or baste the opening closed so that you can experiment a little with how full you want it, try draping it around your neck and so forth to see if it molds well. When you are happy with how full it is, sew the opening shut, close to the folded down edge.
Here we have used dried corn as a filler
For an almost instant Homemade Heating Pad, simply fill a large sock with your choice of filler, leaving just enough room to tie off the end. The stretchiness of the sock, allows the filler to conform well to your body even with a full sock. I like to tie off the end first with a rubber band and then with a ribbon or cord, that way if one fails, you have a back up.
These sock heating pads also make excellent, cheap bed warmers for cats and dogs. And its a must have for a new puppy in the house that must sleep alone for the first time.
How long do I Microwave my Homemade Heating Pad? The amount of time depends on your microwave, what kind of filler you used and how much filler is used, so you will need to experiment a little to find the right amount of time. Start with about a minute and increase the time 30 seconds at a time until it reaches the desired temperature, then you will know how long you can heat your heating pad in your particular microwave.
If you do not have the time to make your own Heating Pads, you can order one (or more!) of our Hemp Heat Pads and fill it with your choice of local fillers.
Our all natural Hemp Microwave Heating Pads can be filled with flax seed, rice, corn or any other grain or seed for inexpensive moist heat therapy. You save money by ordering an empty heating pad and filling it yourself, with whatever filler is easily available in your area.
Dried corn, flax seed, wheat, rice, etc holds heat well and produces a moist heat. After repeated and prolonged use, it will dry out and need to be replaced, but that is easy to do with our refillable heat pads. You can compost the old filler or simply toss it out on the lawn for birds or other creatures.
You will love your all natural Homemade Heating Pad!