When I was pregnant with my son, I had horrible lower back pain! Most likely cause by being on my feet all day. I was teaching 3rd grade at that time. By late afternoon, the pain would be unbearable and no amount of rubbing could make it go away. Oh how I wish I’d known about essential oils back then.
Being the obsessive researcher I am, I stated looking into solutions for this nasty, annoying pain. I read in one of my many pregnancy books (and I mean many…it’s almost ridiculous how many books I had) that a hot compress can help loosen the muscles and relieve the pain.
I looked into buying a heat pad, but was too cheap to fork out the cash for one. I decided that it couldn’t be THAT hard for me to make something I could warm in the microwave…These were BP days, mind you!! (BP=Before Pinterest). I had to come up with this all on my own back then.
The idea I cooked up in my prego brain was a miraculous cure to to my sore lower back. From that day forward I didn’t spend a single night without my little homemade heat pad.
Wanna Know how I made it?? Well…You’re in luck, cause that’s how we roll here at Sisters! From my home to yours…this nifty (and SUPER easy) project can be done and ready to use in under 20 minutes. No foolin…unless you decide to sew it the really old fashioned way by hand. Then you might need to add on 10 more minutes or so.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fabric of your choice. Flannel or Cotton is best. I like to use scrap fabric or an old t-shirt. Base the amount of fabric on the how big you want your heat pad to be.
- Rice (get the cheapest you can find)
- A funnel
- Sewing machine and some thread
Here’s what to do:
- Lay out your fabric. You’ll need to cut out 2 rectangles of the same size, so double layer it if you can, to save some time.
- Pin the “right sides” or patterned sides together. Leave a 2 inch hole on one of the shorter ends. This will be where you turn it right side out and pour in the rice.
- Sew a seam…I won’t get technical here with the width of the seam. Just make sure it’s wide enough to pour the rice in.
- Turn the fabric right side out.
- Using a funnel, pour in your rice. You’ll need enough to fill the bag mostly full. You don’t want to fill it completely full or it will be hard to sew shut. You’ll want a little bit of wiggle room for the rice. Also, too much rice will make the heat pad a bit bulky.
- Turn in the rough ends of the hole, pin and sew shut.
For an added boost of aromatherapy, add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to the pad after it comes out of the microwave. I love to add Grounding Blend to mine…You all know how much I LOOOOVVVVE my Grounding Blend!!
These awesome projects also make great gifts for a friend or a baby shower gift for a mommy to be. Throw in a bottle of essential oil and your friend will love you forever!
I hope you enjoy the benefits of this DIY project as much as I do!! I still love to fish mine out from time to time.