Wild Gourd Farm

Organic Gardening in St. Louis City

Frugal Friday: Heating Pad

It’s incredibly easy to make your own heating pad- for the simplest version, all you need to do is fill a sock (a long tube sock, preferably) with rice and/or flax seeds and stick it in the microwave for a minute or so.

You can also sew your own, which allows you to custom fit your heating pad. It’s best to use 100% cotton, because you don’t want to be repeatedly putting synthetic materials in the microwave. I have neck issues, so I shaped mine like a shallow “u” with strings at either end to tie around my neck. All you have to do is sew the two sides together, inside out. Leave a small gap so you can flip it outside in and also so you can fill it up. Before filling, you can sew lines across so the filling doesn’t all settle downward when you wear it. Be careful not to overfill it, about 3/4 of the way is usually good.

Microwave times will vary according to the size of your heating pad and how full it is. Mine typically take about a minute or a minute and a half, and the heat lasts for half an hour or so.

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6 responses to “Frugal Friday: Heating Pad

  1. Quinerly March 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    you are so “fashion forward!!!”
    are you doing tiny ones for the “girls?”

    • We Will Work for Food March 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks! We do have to think about keeping them warm next winter! But they eat, or at least try to eat, anything and everything, so we’ll probably just run a light out there to put in their coop. We’ll see!

  2. Quinerly April 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    love your blog. hope you know I was kidding about little heating pads for the “girls!”

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  4. joanna December 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Do you prefer the flax seed or rice? I want to make this for a friend but I’m not sure which to use! Thanks for posting!

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