I kinda hurt my neck.
I don’t know how I did it. I would love to say that I injured myself rock climbing or saving kittens or something but I probably did it sleeping.
And no, I will not take this opportunity to bitch about getting old. People who do that bug me. How ungrateful can you be? I get irate at parties when generally healthy people sit around complaining about “getting old” (I heard it recently from a bunch of 21 year olds) and I tend to spew something like “death is your other option – does that sound preferable to you?” and people get uncomfortable when faced with their own mortality and I don’t get invited back to said parties.
But anyway, this post is not about my frustration at the western cultural obsession with youth or my social awkwardness; it’s a DIY project, so let’s go.
You can fill heating pads with a variety of things, like rice or flax seeds, but buckwheat holds the heat better than the other options. Also, there have been some accounts of heating pads catching on fire in the microwave and buckwheat is least likely to burn. But always keep a close eye, and spray a little water on the pad before nuking if you’re worried about it.
Here’s the stuff I needed
- Fabric – I had a scrap of leftover flannel that was about 20 inches by 15 inches
- Lavender flowers - totally optional, but I happen to like lavender
Both the lavender flowers and buckwheat I got in the bulk section of Whole Foods. I got about 3 pounds of buckwheat and 1 - 2 ounces of lavender.
Here’s what I did
1. Folded the fabric in half lengthwise, with the right sides facing each other.
2. Stitched along the outside with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. I stopped 4 inches from the end, to leave space to fill the pad. (I almost forgot to do this. Don’t forget!)
3. Through that space I left, I flipped the fabric inside out, so the right side is now out.
4. Pushed out the corners completely and ironed it flat
5. Mixed the lavender flowers into the buckwheat so they were integrated.
6. Filled the bag a little less than halfway with the buckwheat/lavender mixture.
7. Closed the top of the heating pad with a top stitch/hand stitch.
Pop in the microwave for about one minute or store in the freezer for a chilly wrap.
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