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DIY Washable Heating Pad

DIY Washable Heating Pad

After a long day, nothing feels better than a pleasantly warm heating pad on sore muscles. Try this DIY Washable Heating Pad with dry corn for a simple, portable pad that soothes aches and pains and provides general comfort and relief.

Teachers and parents alike deal with all types of stress. It's important to take time to relax and let any stress melt away. Whether use choose the sew or no-sew version, this simple-to-make heating pad will allow you to relax on the go, in your home, or anytime you might need a moment or two to yourself. The textured pad gently massages where it is placed, and the heat provides soothing relief to tense muscles. Adding essential oils, such as lavender, rose, and chamomile, to the dry corn creates a slow release of calming scents that will create a wonderfully relaxing environment.

As we teach our children and students the importance of social and emotional health in themselves, it is just as important to remind ourselves of the very same. Children surrounded by adults who display positive and healthy relationships with themselves, others, and their feelings are more likely to experience similarly healthy experiences. Finding time to de-stress can be difficult, which makes simple relaxation tactics, such as the DIY Washable Heating Pad, all the more wonderful.


Required Materials:

No-Sew Option

  • Dry Corn
  • Essential Oils (optional)
  • Drawstring Canvas Bag
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Velcro

Sew Option

  • Dry Corn
  • Essential Oils (optional)
  • 2 Different Pieces of Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Velcro
  • Sewing Machine

1No-Sew Option

Fill a drawstring canvas bag with dry corn, and tie it closed. Fold a piece of fabric in half, and cut out a third of it. Place the canvas bag in the middle to make sure it will fit. Cut 1"–2" strips on two sides of the blanket—don't add strips to the folded side and the side directly across from it. Tie the strips together on each side to form a pocket that will allow you to slip the canvas bag in and out of the pad. Put the canvas bag inside the pad, and add Velcro to securely close up the heating pad.

2Sew Option

Fold one piece of fabric in half. Cut out a third of the fabric. Create a pocket by sewing the fabric together on each of the long sides and one of the short sides. Turn the fabric pocket right side out, and fill it with dry corn to make the heating pad. Sew the last opening closed. Fold the second piece of fabric in half, and cut out half of it. Create a pocket by sewing the fabric together on each of the long sides and one of the short sides. Turn the fabric pocket right side out. Put the bag filled with corn inside the pad, and add Velcro to securely close up the heating pad.

Make the DIY Washable Heating Pad today to help you de-stress and live a healthier life. It's also a great gift for Teacher Appreciation Day and other celebrations!

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