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Homemade Heating Pad

Here's a Good Thing that will be useful after a long, hard day at work: a homemade heating pad using dried cherry pits.

Homemade Heating Pad

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2008

materials

  • Sewing machine

  • Iron

  • Fabric (about 1/2 yard will make at least one)

  • Machine-sewing thread in coordinating color

  • Bone folder

  • Scissors

  • Dried cherry pits or buckwheat

  • Lavender oil (optional)

steps

  1. Fold a 20-by-14-inch piece of fabric in half lengthwise, right sides facing.

  2. Sew one short side and one long side with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

  3. Fold the open end out 1/4 inch and press it.

  4. Clip the corners, being careful not to cut into the seams. Turn the fabric right side out.

  5. Use a bone folder to push out the corners and make them sharp.

  6. Fill the bag a little less than halfway with dried cherry pits or buckwheat. If desired, the pits or buckwheat can be mixed with a few drops of lavender oil before filling.

  7. Close the open end of the bag with a top stitch.

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