A few weeks back, we picked fresh lavender which I dried in the garage for two weeks, I think it was the best the garage has ever smelt! I have been wanting to use that lovely dried lavender and a heat pad was the perfect project to use it in.
I think I was motivated to make a heat pad due to the fact that I have had a rather sore back from last week’s gym workout!
I have based this tutorial on this one, but have changed the ingredients. This is a great beginners sewing project. You will need; two pieces of fabric, 6 inches by 18 inches, 4 cups of rice, 5 tablespoons of dried lavender (you could use lavender essence instead – if you did this, only a few drops would be required).
Pin the right sides of the fabric together, and then sew a half inch seam all around, making sure you leave a gap at one end to enable you to pull it right side out and to allow you to fill the bag. Before pulling it right side out, cut the corners to get rid of bulk and to give a more neater finish.
Mix rice and lavender together and fill the bag half way. You don’t want to fill it too much otherwise you will not be able to sew the seams to partition the heat pad.
Once you have filled the bag up half way, sew the opening closed. Now to add three seams to ensure that the rice/lavender mix is evenly placed. Keeping it evenly placed will give you more of a balance heat pad.
Firstly, bend the bag in half, even out the rice/lavender so that there is an even amount on each side, pin the centre point and stitch.
Now do the same for each half side so effectively you have separated the bag into quarters by the stitches, making sure each quarter has an even amount.
And there you have it, a lovely scented heat pad, great for aches and pains and great for heating up your bed in winter!
To heat, place in microwave for 1 to 2 minutes depending on your microwave. I also put a mug with some water in the microwave at the same time so that the rice doesn’t dry out.
I will be making more of these as it is such a lovely project to make and so useful. I am thinking hand warmers for pockets on a cold winters day!
30 August 2013 – I thought it would be useful to have a PDF of this tutorial for those that like to print them off, Lavender Heat Pad Tutorial