Saturday, January 21, 2012
Functional art....homemade heating pad
So I decided it was time to make another one. I had some old t-shirts laying around that were too soft and wonderful to throw away and just waiting for a new life, as well as some lovely Anna Maria Horner little folks flannel. Gray and yellow is one of my favorite colour combinations, and I decided to wing it.
I forgot to take pictures until after I had cut out the fabric, since it belatedly occurred to me that it would be a useful tutorial to share. The process was fairly straightforward however, and very easy. I simply cut out hat looked like a very large eye mask. I wanted it to dip in the middle, so that it could comfortably sit around my neck and still cover a fair amount of my shoulders without slipping all over the place. Once the t-shirt was cut out, I ironed the fabric, and backed it with a lightweight interfacing to stabilize it and keep it from stretching out too much when filled.
Clamp the open end shut from time to time and flatten the bag out to check the fill level. You don't want it too full, or it will be really heavy and bulky and take forever to heat up.
Take it out partway through and shake the beans up to ensure even heating.