11 May 2008

relaxing heat pack

  • 1/2 yard fabric
  • 1 cup dried rice or beans
  • 3 tea bags or tablespoons loose tea of your favorite flavor

1. Cut a 10" by 9" piece of fabric.

2. Fold in half with right sides together so that the folded fabric measures 10" by 4 1/2".

3. Sew a 1/2" seam around the raw edges, leaving a 3"ish opening on the long raw edge to insert filling. Make sure to backstitch at both edges and also before and after the opening.

4. Sew another seam at 3/8" to reinforce. Trim excess seam allowance and turn rightside out.

5. Fill the fabric pack with your choice of dried rice or beans. Tear open the teabags (or use loose tea + herbs) and add to the rice. Anything can be subsituted here so if you have a favorite dried herb or potpourri feel free to use it! The pack shouldn't be filled too much, it should still bend really easily and have some "give" to it. (If you still want an extra fragrance kick, try dabbing your favorite essential oil or perfume on the outside of the pack.)

6. Carefully pin closed the opening, being sure to fold the raw edges under 1/2". Hand sew opening closed using a slip stitch. Reinforce the opening by sewing closed the opening twice.

Tip: I doubled up my fabric so there are two 10" by 9" layers instead of one. Consider doing this if your fabric is particularly thin.

Microwave for 20-30 seconds on high and place over eyes, shoulders or any other area that is TENSE. Then c h i l l o u t.

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