Winter weather often inspires me to get crafty, because I spend more time indoors and holidays are my favorite part of the season. I love giving homemade gifts!
This year I was inspired by our chilly-ass office and one of our team members who wears a coat 24/7 indoors, to make these heatable packs as gifts. All you gotta do is pop it in the microwave and you have a nice little personal heater to warm you up. They are super easy to make, last a long time, and you can customize their size as much as you want. I have one that I made back in 2010 and it still works like a champ.
Things you will need:
- Sewing machine
- Uncooked rice
- Dried lavender or lavender oil (or other scent you like – I mixed rosemary in with a few, you can get creative)
Note, these should not get wet! Wet rice turns into cooked rice…which is not what you want in your heatable.
When you sew, you’ll basically make a mini pillow. I fold my fabric in half to create the bottom seam, it just cuts the amount of sewing down and makes these even easier.
First, cut your fabric to the desired size.
Second, fold it in half, inside out (right side of fabric facing in).
Third, sew the two side seams (with your fold making the third, bottom seam naturally). Then turn it right side out.
Fourth, fill it up about 3/4 of the way with your rice and lavender mixture
Fifth, sew your final seam. Fold the inner edges of your opening down so that the raw edge isn’t visible. Then pin this in place so that rice doesn’t go flying everywhere while you’re trying to sew. Your last seam will look like this when finished:
If you can’t sew it shut without rice getting in the way, you’ve probably overfilled it – take a bit of the rice out and try again.