Learn how to make a linen heat pack, perfect to help treat unwanted aches and pains. This is a great beginner sewing project to use up fabric scraps and any rice in your pantry.
Have you ever experienced painful cramps or muscle pain that’s lead you to reach for a heat pack? I definitely have many times before.
These pains can come at uncertain times so being able to quickly and effectively ease some pain is so important in our fast-moving society. That’s why these heat packs are great to have on hand in your home.
Using a heat pack is a great natural remedy as heat helps promote blood flow allowing sore and tightened muscles to relax and ease pain.
These linen heat packs are filled with rice and essential oils, which are sure to become a pamper favourite in the evenings before bed.
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WHY USE PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL IN YOUR HEAT PACK?
Peppermint essential oil has so many benefits, it can help relieve pain, muscle spasms, headaches and it can even help improve sleep. It’s such a soothing smell so I definitely recommend using it if you can.
MATERIALS & TOOLS
- Linen scraps
- A few cups of rice
- Essential oils (Peppermint or Lavender)
- Sewing Machine (this is the sewing machine I recommend)
- Fabric Shears
- Add dried lavender or camomile flowers in with the rice for extra relaxing fragrance.
- Before adding the rice you could divide the heat pack into 3 sections by sewing two rows of stitching.
- Play around with shapes that work for you and your needs. I prefer these for my neck which is why the shape is a long rectangle. You could make a large square for back or stomach pain.
HOW TO USE HEAT PACKS?
Pop your heat pack into a microwave with 1/2 cup of water for about 3-4 minutes at a time. Check the heat of the pack and once it’s warm enough place it onto the muscles that are sore.
I like to use a cloth over my skin as sometimes the heat pack can be really hot when first out of the microwave.
HOW TO MAKE LINEN HEAT PACKS
Start by cutting out a rectangle at 13″ x 5″ from your linen scraps. You can make this whatever size you like, this is just the measurements I used.
Mix together your rice and essential oil in a bowl. I added about 12 drops of peppermint essential oil. Now is the time to add in any dried flowers if you have some.
Pin the pieces together and sew around the outside with a 1cm seam allowance. Leave about a 4cm hole to turn the fabric through to the right sides.
Trim off the corners to reduce fabric bulk and turn through the opening to the right sides.
Fill the heat pack with the rice until you are happy with how full it is. You could use a funnel to help you with this bit.
Once filled use a pin and close off the opening and edge stitch closed on the sewing machine.