This Homemade heating pad with a pillowcase would make a great
present and is something kids can put together with just a little
practice sewing straight stitches on the sewing machine.
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You will need
2-9 x 12 inch rectangles cut out of fabric
2- 10 x 14 inch rectangles cut out of fabric (for pillowcase)
Rice about 4 lbs.**Do not use Minute Rice
Place the two 9 x12 inch pieces of material right sides together.
Example of right/wrong sides of
Sew three sides together by sewing one side to the end, take it off
the machine and sew the next side. Don't forget to do your backward
stitch after the first few stitches and at the end. (We will learn
how to do corners in the next level-if you already know how go
ahead!) Sew half way up the last side.
Turn right sides out. Stuff with long grain white rice, but don't
use Minute Rice.
Stitch the opening closed by hand sewing. Make sure your stitches
are close together so your rice won't fall out.
Pillowcase for your Heating Pad
Place the two 10 x 14 inch rectangles right sides together. Sew one
side to the end, take it off the machine and sew the next side.
Don't forget to do your backward stitch after the first few stitches
and at the end. Leave one short side open. Turn the edge over and
pin in place.
Sew along the edges removing the pins as you go. This is called the
hem. Turn right side out and your pillowcase is all done.
**You can take the pillowcase off and wash the pillowcase which will
make your rice pillow last longer.
To use the rice pillow heating pad:
Take pillow out of pillowcase and warm in microwave for 1-2
minutes. Test the temperature before giving it to a child.