Are you ready to embrace the fall season? As the days get colder, it’s the perfect time to cuddle up and keep warm. Instead of reaching for conventional heating pads, why not try making your own natural microwavable heating pad? In this article, we’ll show you how to create a cozy and sustainable heating pad using yarn. It’s a fun and practical project that will not only keep you warm but also help reduce waste. Let’s get started!
The Magic of a “Corn Sack”
You might be wondering, what exactly is a “corn sack”? No, it’s not filled with your regular dinner corn on the cob, and you won’t end up with popcorn when you put it in the microwave. A “corn sack” is actually a reusable heating pad filled with corn. You can find it at feed stores, typically used for animals and livestock. These corn sacks, also known as corn bags, are a great alternative to traditional heating pads filled with rice or flax. They are durable, long-lasting, and perfect for keeping you warm during chilly days.
Crafting Your Own Heating Pad
To create your own natural microwavable heating pad, you’ll need the following materials:
- Small amount of cotton fabric (preferably heavy-duty cotton, like duck cloth)
- Good fabric scissors
- Sewing machine (or you can hand sew it if you prefer)
- Corn (available at local feed stores)
- Pitcher or funnel (optional, for pouring corn into the fabric bag)
- Measuring tape
Here’s a step-by-step guide to sewing your heating pad:
Step 1: Measuring and Cutting
Using your cotton fabric, measure out two rectangles that are 9 inches by 6 inches wide. To ensure straight lines, use a yardstick to draw where you will cut.
Step 2: Sewing the Fabric
Cut out your two rectangles and place them right sides together. Pin around the edges, leaving space for your sewing machine foot. Sew around three sides, then sew halfway of the fourth side, leaving it partially open. Turn the fabric right side out.
Step 3: Filling the Bag
Using a funnel, pitcher, or small container, pour corn into the fabric bag, filling it about two-thirds full. Avoid overfilling, as it won’t lay nicely.
Step 4: Sealing the Bag
This is the trickier part. Sew along the entire edge of the bag that was left partially open. The corn may try to come out as you lay the pillow flat to sew it closed. You can use pins to hold back the kernels from the edge. Sew down the entire open edge, from corner to corner.
That’s it! You have successfully created your own natural microwavable heating pad using yarn.
How to Use Your Heating Pad
To use your handmade heating pad, simply place it in the microwave and heat it for 1-2 minutes. Be cautious not to overheat it, as it may cause burns. Microwaves vary, so adjust the heating time accordingly. Once heated, your pad will emit a slight smell of corn and may feel slightly damp, especially in the beginning.
The Perfect Companion for Cozy Nights
These homemade heating pads are versatile and can be used for various purposes. Place them in your bed to warm your toes, or use them to soothe aches and pains on any part of your body. You can even place it on your head or on the back of your neck to ease headaches.
Let Your Creativity Flourish
If you’re feeling crafty, you can personalize your heating pad by choosing fabric patterns that reflect your style. Consider making them as gifts for your loved ones. Kids especially love these cozy accessories, making them an excellent idea for unique stocking stuffers.
So, why not embrace the warmth and comfort of a homemade heating pad? Give it a try and share your experience in the comments below. And for more easy sewing patterns and creative projects, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter.