Homemade Heating Pad
Want to know how to make the world’s cheapest, easiest homemade heating pad? You’ll need a washcloth and some rice, some way to sew, and a microwave to heat it up in. It should cost under $2 for materials and less than 5 minutes of your time to make one.
I know it sounds a bit dramatic, but this homemade heating pad has made a HUGE impact on my life. Let me explain – in 2008 I somehow managed to herniate a disc or two in my lower back. Actually, my doctor wasn’t sure if they were actually herniated or just bulging, but I was in P-A-I-N. The take your breath away kind of pain that makes childbirth look not so bad.
And I’m a pretty tough cookie – just ask my husband. The good news is that after many months of drugs, yoga, and these fabulous heating pads being liberally applied to my back I’m recovered. My initial homemade heating pad was nowhere near this pretty – it was literally a men’s tube sock filled with rice and tied off at the end. But that doesn’t make the most attractive gift. Since we’re here to talk about homemade gift ideas – this is nearly as easy and a bazillion times cuter.
Although if you don’t sew at all (or can’t sucker a friend into helping you), the tube sock idea is still a great one. Just find a cute sock instead of your basic men’s white or black one.
These little heating wonders are great for backaches, menstrual cramps, or just warming up a cold bed at night. My kids all have their own which they use to snuggle with in the winter when they first go to bed. And you know what makes these babies even better? You can keep one in the freezer as a boo-boo bag. They hold the cold just like they hold the heat.
Anyway – are you ready to make one yet? Let’s do it.
What You’ll Need
You’re looking at a basic washcloth and some white rice (not instant rice). That’s really as easy as this is! If you want to get a little fancier – you could add some dried lavender to the rice as you’re putting it in or a few drops of your choice of essential oil (like lavender since it’s so relaxing). Total cost to make one of these will run you around $2.
How to Make It
First step is to sew two seams to create a tube. Don’t sew the third seam just yet because you’ll need to fill it up with rice first. The arrows in the picture below show you the three spots. In the washcloth I used, I sewed up one of the green ends and the long side first.
Then add the rice (and lavender and/or essential oils if you will – should probably use about 20 drops of the essential oil in a heating pad this size).
Here’s a shot of what it looks like filled up, but without the third seam sewn up.
Sew that last seam closed being careful to keep the rice in the tube rather than all over you. The best way to do this is to not fill the tube too full.
And the finished product!
You’ll need to experiment with how long to microwave this because it depends on the size of your finished product and the strength of your microwave. I have a 1500 watt microwave and I heat one this size for about 2 minutes for a very hot pad.
Don’t just make one for a gift either – you need one too!! I’m telling you – these are the best!