Add some warmth to your bed this winter with these fragrant heat packs – they are a perfect project for the beginner sewer (or for teaching a child to sew!). Made from warm and cosy flannel fabric, and filled with lavender and wheat, they can be easily constructed in under an hour. You could make up a batch to give as gifts to friends and family, and they are best sellers at school fetes and fairs.
The Heat Packs are made from two rectangles of fabric sewn together.
Materials (per bag):
- Cotton fabric (we used flannel fabric), 2 pieces each measuring 30 cm x 15 cm (12 ” x 6 “). Try Deborah’s House Of Fabric and The Fabric Jungle on eBay for a range of styles.
- Co-ordinating ribbon or trim, 1 piece measuring 5 cm length (2 “).
- Wheat, 750g (Available from the pet food aisle in the supermarket. Other suitable fillers include uncooked long grain rice, lupins, barley, buckwheat hulls).
- Dried lavender, 2 tablespoons (Other aromatherapy options include a few drops of some essential oils, spices such as cinnamon and cloves).
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine
- Hand sewing needle
- Fold the piece of ribbon in half and position it 5 cm from the corner on one of the long sides of fabric, and baste in place. Pin the two rectangles of cotton fabric together with the right sides facing. Stitch around the rectangle using a 1 cm seam allowance, leaving a 5 cm gap on one of the short sides. Clip the corners of the bag. Turn the bag right side out. Use a chopstick or turning tool to poke out the corners. Press the bag.
- Use a funnel to fill the bag with approx. 750 g wheat, and 2 tablespoons of dried lavender. Use a ladder stitch to hand stitch the opening closed.
- If giving as a gift, be sure to include the heating instructions:
Lavender Wheat Bag
Use to warm up your bed or soothe aching muscles
Instructions: Heat for 1-2 minutes in the microwave with a small
glass of water to prevent the wheat from drying out.
Do not leave the bag unattended while heating in the microwave. As a precaution, you can set a cup of water inside the microwave while heating the bag to add moisture or spritz bag lightly with water before heating. Always check how hot the bag is before using it to avoid burns.
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