Sunday, March 16, 2014

Here`s a warming tutorial for you; How to make a heatpillow!

Today I have a great tutorial for you! This one is super for everyone with sore necks and shoulders, cramps or even cold feet.
For christmas I wanted to make something homemade for several of my family members.
And I thouhgt about something that I made about a year ago. My husband and I are both acquaintanced whit the term of stiff and tiered neck. So I made a proto type of a heating pillow. You know, the kind you just throw in you`re microwave and heat a few minutes before you place it on the needed area.

But as mentioned, this was just a proto type that I tossed together, so I had to come up with something a bit more clever and lasting.  I made a picture series that shows you the step-by-step making of this clever little thing.
I allso have to mention that the ones I gave away for chirstmas were VERY popular, and the word spread. I have made 15 of these, both as gifts and for paying customers. You should definitely give it a try.
Just follow these steps:

 1) Find You`re fabric. Flannel is the best kind.
Off course it`s extra fun if you have very nice fabric! I bought these flannels here

2) Then you have to cut you`re fabric. Cut two same length pieces (find the measurements that fits you. Mine
has about 60 x 12-15 cm ).  Pin the pieces together and stitch using zigzag stitches, starting from one corner, and all the way around. Leave an opening at one of the short sides, enough to get a big spoon in. The gap right here is where you are going to insert the rice.

3) Then you topstitch all the way around, BUT still leave an opening at the shorter side.  Howdie!

Now it is time to fill up this sucker! You might want to mark where you want to stitch up the pockets of rice in advance so that you get an even result.
You`ll need quite a lot of rice. You can allso use other things like wheat or even cherrystones, I have heard. But I dont eat a whole lot of cherries.... Allso, I like the waight that rice gives. It makes just the right pressure.

Here`s a tip for you: before you insert the rice, blend in a couple drops of lavender! It makes you feel like you are at the spa when you use you`re heatpillow :D

4) Pour the rice whit a spoon. Now, there will be some spilling. Just dont let it get to you...
Make sure that you dont add to much rice, neither to little. You`ll get the hang of it as you go.
After each "pocket" has enough rice, bring it over to an ironing board, or the edge of youre table. You want to do this so that the rice gathers on the bottom, before you pin it down where you measured it earlier. 
Now you are ready to sew it up. Just be carefull not to sew over alot of the rice. You can break the needle. But again, you`ll get the hang of it.

5) After you have finnished all of the "pockets", you have to close up were you kept the shrort side open. Just tuck in the edges short of a centimeter, pin it, and sew over a couple of times. You want to make shure it does`nt rip open.

And there you have it! Just throw it in you`re micro wave oven for a minute or two (this depends on youre oven) and place it where it is needed. I often have it with me in bed when it is very cold. It is great for coold feet. Even my two kids asks for it when it`s bedtime. 
But be ware! If you tell anyone of this lovey creations, they will bag you to make them one. So you might as well just make a bunch when you`re first at it;)


  1. Yay, with winter looming, I need heat packs - Stat! Cute tutorial, thanks so much for sharing :)

  2. Thank you Jen! I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Great tutorial! I'm going to make tons of these for the folks I work with, I think!


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