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Aromatic Heat Pack with Belt Tutorial

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If you have back pain or just like to keep warm, consider sewing your own cute heat pack. Follow this aromatic heat pack with belt tutorial to create a stylish accessory to soothe an injured back.

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How long do you heat in microwave for the rice one?

I typically heat mine for 1 minute. But it will also depend on the size of your heat pack.

Couldn't you just change the measurements to use it for your neck? You might be able to start a pattern from one of those heat wraps for neck and shoulders i.e. Thermacare etc.??? I'd love to make two - one for my neck/shoulder area and one for my lower back. Will have to work on making that pattern I guess! Riding in the car kills my back but ice packs don't last very long unfortunately.

Of course you can. You can make them any size you want!! I've made several heat packs, but have never made one with a "belt". I've made them is several sizes. I have found that if you make one very large, it is best to stitch off "compartments" for the rice. You don't have to, but I found it works best. crazywoman/billie

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I fill rectangle bags with field corn. These can be heated in the microwave - corn will not pop. The corn gives you a warm moist heat. You purchase the corn at a feed store. You can also put them in the freezer for a cold compress. In fact I store one in a zip lock in the freezer for just this purpose. I like the smell when they are heated but if you don't you can purchase different oils to sprinkle on the bag. I usually make them with a soft (comfortable) material but not too stretchy, more like a velvet, polar fleece or fake suede. Do not use a material with a deep nap since the corn puts off a moist heat the excess nap gets too damp. I've made well over 100 and give them as gifts all the time. Everyone can use some warm moist heat at sometime. Even kids like them and babies (but be sure not to get it too hot). One Christmas I made polar fleece blankets for all my grandchildren and I made a corn bag out of the same material - the kids loved it. Use a simple pillow pattern leaving one side open to add the corn (about 2/3 full), then sew up the last side - easy!

do you h ave any pattern or instructions to make one? Annette

The only problem I found with using corn is that after heating it a few times, it starts to smell really odd, almost like stinky feet! My MIL made me one, and filled it with corn, and it did that after a few uses.

I used a plain cotton knit material(the more flexible the better) and stitched two heavy woven cotton loops into each end. I then made several "sleeves" of pretty,decorative material,depending on your mood,to slide over. You can use rice to fill it with but buckwheat works the best to retain heat(plus it doesn't smell). I've made these for several people,especially seniors,to keep the aches away or just to warm up hands or feet on a chilly night. They can go with you to bed. No furry pet needed although your pet will appreciate it too!

@ cynthiacorby 2095264: This heat pack is made with a simple pillow filled with rice. The easiest way to make something similar for your neck would be to make a neck pillow and fill it with rice rather than stuffing. That way you can microwave it to create a heat pack. Hope this helps! -- Editors of AllFreeSewing

HELP ! ! ! I would LOVE this for my neck to sleep in or perhaps driving long trips. ANY SUGGESTIONS ? ? ?


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