A while ago I blogged about my “famous” Homemade Heat Packs that I created. They started selling like crazy and many wanted to know exactly how to make them. Well, here you go! :) I promise, they’re REALLY easy if you know the basics of a sewing machine.
- Old Fashion Oats
- Essential Oil (peppermint is preferred)
- Sewing Machine
- two different colors of Fabric
First of all, these heat packs take about one week to complete; the reason for this is because you have to let the Essential Oil of your choice (I use Peppermint because it smells amazing and is calming) soak in the oats for about 5-7 days. So I just take a container of oats, they don’t have to be expensive, (I normally buy the generic store brand), add about 10-15 drops of essential oil to the container; shake it up well to mix in the oil; and put the lid back on and let it sit for about a week.
When the oats have sat and are extremely fragrant (almost too strong to smell), then it’s time to sew the heat pack. :)
I make two sizes of heat packs, so when I created this tutorial, I was making one of each size.
- The large heat packs are 18″ x 5.5″.
- The small heat packs are 9″ x 5.5″.
Start out with two different colors of fabric and cut them according to the sizes above (depending on which size you’re making.
Next, pin the two fabrics together, right sides facing each other.
Next, sew around the outside of the two fabrics, but leave one end open. After you have sewn the edges, trim off any excess fabric.
Then pull the fabric through the open end and sew the edge one more time to make a double seam around the whole heat pack; but again, DO NOT sew the open end closed.
Next, pour in about 3.5 cups of essential oil oats into the open end of the heat pack.
Next, fold down the open edge and sew it closed. I tend to sew the edge about two times to make sure it’s sealed and does not come open.
This is what your closed end should look like!
That’s it! :) See, I told you it wasn’t so bad.
When you want to use the heat pack, just throw it the microwave for about 30 seconds (at a time) until the desired temperature has been reached. Then sit back, and enjoy! :) I honestly love these heat packs for headaches. A couple of “treatments” and my headache is normally gone.