DIY Heating Packs

Apr 16 2014
DIY Heating Packs
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I have had the same heating pack for I want to say 10 years. It literally is a white tube sock that now smells like burnt rice.
It's disgusting.
Gross.
Nay nay.
Blahhhhhh.
So guess what I did? I made my own heating packs last week with the fabulous George Newbern on Home and Family on the Hallmark Channel and now I have 10 brand new heating packs that are colorful and fabulous and lavender scented and amazing. Awwwwwww. Do you want to learn how to make one!? Well, that's what I thought! You can watch my segment here: Jessie Jane makes DIY heating packs or follow below for the instructions!

DIY Heating Packs

What you need
1 Knee High sock or tube sock
2 cups of long grain white rice
Essential oils
Peel N Stick Fabric Fuse permanent adhesive tape
Hemp Rope
Fabric Fusion glue

Instructions
1. Pour your desired amount of rice into a plastic bag and add 4 drops of essential oil to each two cups of rice if desired. I used Eucalyptus and lavender, but I also like the smell of the plain rice. Use 2 1/2 cups of rice for a normal tube sock. If you are making multiple socks just multiply the amount.

2. Cut off the heel of your sock and fold the bottom portion inside out. 

3. Apply hem tape on the inside of the sock around the entire diameter of the sock. If you are using the hemp rope you want to place one end if the rop in the corner of the material and the other end in the other corner. Apply Fabric fusion glue around the rope so it's stuck in the sock. Be careful not to get glue on the outside of the sock. Press down so the tape adheres to itself and the glue forms a bond and the rops is completely stuck in the middle. Let dry for two hours before filling with rice and completing the other end.

4. Once dry, flip the sock right side up and fill with rice (scented rice if you added the oils).

5. Add the hemming tape to the inside of the top of the sock and again add the rope to each corner so you make a handle then add the fabric fusion glue and press closed again. Let dry for 10 hours before using.

Tips: A) If you want to add rope to the end of your heat pack as a handle you must cut approximately 8" of hemp rope and insert the ends at each side of the sock before you seal it with hem tape. You will also have to add fabric glue inside the seam to make sure everything stays intact. (You can also hand stitch, which I recommend)

B) If you want to be able to refill your sock over time seal with velcro instead of hemming tape. You can also sew the ends if you know how to sew.

C) To make your heating pack last longer, place a damp paper towel over the heating pack when you place it in the microwave and heat no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds. 

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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