Monday, October 26, 2009

An Apple A Day

Thank you Susan from Between Naps On The Porch for hosting another Metamorphosis Monday.
I made one of those heating pads that you can heat up in the microwave. I cut a design from cotton fabric. Placed and pinned the right sides of the 2 pieces together. Sewed the two pieces together...leaving a small portioned unsewn. Next turn the pieces inside out. The small unsewn opening is where you pour rice, flax seed or spelt into it. I used spelt. Spelt is a grain found in Germany and when heated has an earthy smell to it. It also retains heat and moisture. It's great for an ear ache because of the hint of moisture it produces. Hand stitch or machine stitch the small unsewn opening and presto....you have a heating pad! Place this pad into the microwave for 1 minute and use it for a heating pad or place the pad into a Ziploc plastic bag and put it into the freezer and use it for a cold compress.




After using my new heating pad several times...I thought it would be nice to have a cover for it so I can launder it. I got a little creative and made this cover to go over it. I made it out of fleece and in the back I put a Velcro closure. I now use the original heating pad as an insert for this cover. I put the insert into this cover after heating it in the microwave or cooling it in the freezer.





An apple a day will keep the Doctor away! The great thing about this is that you can make this heating pad into any shape and size. Make it smaller as a 'boo boo buddy' for a child. Kiddies have also been known to cuddle up with this and take this warm pad to bed with them at bedtime. Easy Peasy. ~amy

13 comments:

Jane said...

That cover is a great idea. My mom made me one of the heating pads but I think a cover is perfect so that it can be laundered. Your apple cover was very cute. Thanks
Jane

Marti @ The Next Fifty Years said...

Cute and creative, I love it! I've made these out of rice and don't care for the smell. I'll have to try spelt.

mbkatc230 said...

What a great idea. The older I get, the more I appreciate heating pads/cold compresses lol. I love the cover, so cute. Kathy

deborah said...

Very clever, these would make a great gift at Christmas! Thanks for sharing! Deborah

Kammy said...

What a great idea and soooo cute !
Kammy

Terry said...

How creative you are!! I have a couple that I bought somewhere but yours is so cute.

Diane said...

Amy, I am going to find that spelt stuff, I love the idea for a small version for my grand-babies, now see that is why your blog is vintage blankie. I admit I had a blankie for a LONG time growing up. My mom had to just make it disappear one day! Hugs, Diane

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

OH! What a clever idea and cute cute cute too! I use a long heating pad on my neck all the time. Too much computer use, you know what I mean?! I should make a cover for it.

silk purse said...

Thanks for popping by to The Plumed Pen blog.., glad you enjoyed Autumns Jewels!.., I love that dear little apple heating pad you made!..,

Cheers from Silken Purse

hip chick said...

That is so cute! I love that little apple. I am sort of envious that you get to use it.

Kat said...

Amy those are really cute. I love apples! I always need a heating pad for my neck, it's always hurting me since my injury. I have one that I put on my neck! it's great. thanks for sharing your cute stuff!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I NEED a heating pad so bad. Right now I am rolling up a bath towel and putting it in the micro wave. :) Works I guess, but yours is SO cute! :) And that little worm! Awwwww...love it!!