Sectioning Homemade Heating Pad

Homemade heating pads are easy to make and I am here to offer you a tip when sewing sections in the pad. Creating sections in the heating pad help distribute the wheat or rice evenly. It’s especially useful when wrapping it around your neck or knee.

Martha Stewart’s video instructions on how to make a basic rectangular heating pad is an excellent starting point. It’s simple and I especially like the size of the pad made.

I followed Martha’s directions and sewed my own pads using recycled old curtain material. I filled them with wheat from the local pet shop. I tried to sew the sections and filling them as I go but the needle kept getting caught in the wheat, despite my attempts at pushing them aside. Eventually, the sewing machine needle snapped! I gave up and just sewed the opening closed.

Yesterday I read Cathe Holden’s tutorial for making her lavender heating pad and saw that she sewed her sections after filling and sewing up her pad.

So before attempting to sew the sections on my pad again, I pushed the wheat as far away as possible from where I’m about to sew and pinned the wheat aside. I didn’t want any more broken sewing needles! The sewing went a lot smoother and no needles were lost in the process. In hindsight, it also helps if you do not overfill the pad.

Homemade Heat Pad

You can see from the picture below two different heat pads. The one above is created with Martha Stewart’s instructions and below it is the sectioned heat pad as suggested by Cathe Holden.

Homemade Heat Pad

By the way, heating pads have a misleading name. These pads can be used hot and cold. Place the pad in a sealed bag and freeze it for an hour before use. It’s especially good during hot summer days for a quick cool down. It stays cool for up to an hour. Leaving a pad in the freezer all the time is recommended. You can still have a heated pad by microwaving it straight from the freezer. So don’t just save your heat pads for winter and body aches. Use it all year round!

How do you make your heat pads and what do you fill it with?

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16 Responses to “Sectioning Homemade Heating Pad”

  1. Tiffany says:

    ooh, i made one in junior high.. can’t remember what year though 😛 it’s a round crab filled with rice 😀 i don’t use it though. it’s eye fell off haha.

    • Salihan says:

      Haha! You crack me up Tiffany! Now that you’re big girl off to uni, you might want to make another one. 🙂

  2. Taueret says:

    I prefer hot water bottles, I had a wheat bag once and it smelled weird!! I like your wee owl tho.

    Taueret’s last blog post..FO Swallowtail Shawl

    • Salihan says:

      I love hot water bottles too! But it’s not good for wrapping around my knees and shoulders. Good in bed during winter though!

      I’ve had wheat bags that smell weird. I read somewhere that the wheat smells when they’re overheated. The wheat or rice inside gets burnt I think. And that’s probably the smell that you’re talking about. I’m very careful now when I microwave them and so far so good! 🙂

  3. Kristin says:

    My mom makes ours. She fills them with rice, which gives off a very interesting smell when warmed. My friends in the guild have suggested adding lavendar or some other nice herb next time.

    I use my rice pad every single night!

    Kristin’s last blog post..A Plan Fulfilled

    • Salihan says:

      Cathe Holden’s tutorial showed her mixing a few drops of lavender oil with her rice before filling the pads. Maybe you could suggest it to your mum next time?

  4. Oiyi says:

    I like these alot.

  5. Cathe Holden says:

    Salihan, I can’t tell you how flattering it is to be a part of a blog post side by side with Martha! That made my day. Your pads came out fabulous! I tried to make a couple more today for my kids and as you mention, not overfilling is key. Once you start dividing and sewing, too much filling can become a nightmare. It doesn’t take as much as you’d think. Mine were a bust, I’ll be seamripping and trying again later. Thanks for linking to my blog. Your blog is so lovely.

  6. Salihan says:

    You’re most welcome, Cathe! You don’t have to be as famous as Martha Stewart to be able to share something with the crafting community. 🙂 Have a lovely week!

  7. Irene says:

    Any concerns about meal bugs?? I hear of many people using oatmeal, rice, flax seeds, etc. It seems as though they would get bugs over time. I have one that was given to me made of feed corn. Have had it for about 2 years and seems to be holding up ok. I want to make one myself and was looking for alternate filling that won’t get bugs. Feed corn is real cheap, however, you need to buy it in bulk and I would end up with way too much leftovers. Any ideas??

    • Salihan says:

      I’ve used wheat bags for many years now. Some homemade and some store bought. I don’t find any problems with them, except for a slight musty smell which some people can’t stand. I personally don’t mind and still use mine regularly. Hope that helps!

  8. Irene says:

    Where is the best place to buy the wheat?? I presume it is not hulled from it’s shell?

  9. Kaycie Len says:

    Is it okay to use shell corn from the feed store? I’m concerned about moisture/bugs, but have heard other crafters say they used shell corn.

    • Salihan says:

      I’m not sure about using shell corn. If you are concern about bugs and things, you might want to pop the shell corn (or anything else you decide to use) into the freezer for a few days to kill any creepy crawlies. Hope that helps!

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