Friday, December 31, 2010

Aromatic Heat Pack with Belt Tutorial

As you might already know, I am a big fan of heat packs. Just the other day, I made this heat pack for myself rather hastily (as my back was already nagging at me ^^). I still haven't found the cherry pits but my Princess asked for her own heat pack. 

After having used my own heat pack for a few days now, I have concluded that a wide belt would hold "better" the pack rather than the thin sash/tie.

So, this morning I made this heat pack with belt for my daughter.

I also followed the fantastic suggestions made by so many lovely people in the blogosphere - so I added lavender essence for my daughter's heat pack.

I just used scrap fabrics for this heat pack. I used the same measurement for the fabrics except for the belt. You would need to measure your child's waist, subtract from it the measurement of your pillow then divide into 2 plus 1 inch allowance. My daughter's waist measures 22", so each belt piece (you would need 4 of it) was 7" long. She wanted a CUTE heat pack so I took a long strip of scrap fabric to make a ruffled band later.

So, make first the bag or pillow which would hold the rice. Do not forget to make a zigzag stitch after the straight stitch. And the backtrack stitches! ^^)

I just left a 2" opening so I could turn the pillow inside-out and pour the rice inside the pillow with the help of a wide-mouthed funnel. I then closed it and topstitched.

Now, this step is optional. You could (or not) add some iron-on interfacing to your belt pieces. 

Align your belt pieces (2), right sides together, sew a straight stitch except the short side where you would turn your belt piece later.

Before turning your belt piece, clip the rounded part of your piece so you would have a crisp rounded belt.

Topstitch including the short side where you turned your piece inside out. You should sew a straight stitch so you would be sure to catch all layers later when you attach your belt to the pillowcase.

I then took the long strip of fabric, aligned then wrong sides together and sewed a straight stitch, left an opening so I could turn my piece then closed the opening. 

I then sewed a long straight stitch (that would be 5.0), gathered the fabric by pulling the bobbin thread to create the ruffles and attached the ruffled band to one of the pillowcase piece. I also added a pink lace I found in my stash. And added a pink bow and two small pearl beads for a cuter look ^^) Sew a basting stitch so you would be sure to catch all layers later.

Now, hem your pillowcase pieces.

Attach one of the belt piece on one side of your pillowcase. Do not forget to reinforce with a zigzag stitch or better yet, serge! After you've attached one belt piece, it would look like this.

To be sure that your belt pieces are safe from your needle ^^) pin it towards the opening of the pillowcase.

You'll have this pretty pillowcase with belt.

Now, sew your velcro on the pillowcase...

and the belt...

And... tada!!! An aromatic heat pack with a pretty pillowcase with belt!

Now, call your Princess so she could try it on.

She liked the heat pack SOOO much she didn't take it off the whole afternoon and she would also use it for bedtime tonight(accdg. to her ^^)so she must really love it so much! She's so comfy and warm. ^^)

Now, I'm off to make something for my Li'l Guy ^^)

P.S. My SIL visited us today and saw this pretty heat pack and asked if she can have one! Of course, I said yes! ^^)

UPDATE: Check the different versions here. They were longer (adult size) and filled with different grains.

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Brandi said...

Wow what a neat idea! I hope your back is feeling better. Backaches are the worst, almost as bad as a toothache.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. I'm so glad you enjoyed my tea towel. I'll definitely be back Saturday to link up! Hope you're having a wonderful evening!

Janie said...

Very pretty ! I love this one ! Its really fancy ,frilly looking !! TFS !

Shawna said...

I can't wait until my sewing machine comes home from the shop so I can try this.

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

So pretty! I would want one too! Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions. Hope you stop by again soon :)

AllieMakes! said...

Very sweet! Thank you for the great tutorial!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

This is gorgeous! I love the idea of adding a belt to a heat pack and the ruffle just sent it over the top! Functional and adorable:)

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

I love that its a PRETTY heat pack! Can't beat that!! Thanks for linking up at Fancy This Fridays! As always! Love seeing you ladies!

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BonAndChi said...

i've been making heat packs recently too! but i haven't been adding the belts~ i might try one~ X3 thanks for the tutorial~

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Young and Crafty said...

It turned out too cute! What a great idea for adults too!

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Tere Diane said...

This is lovely! And I'm thinking that just the pretty ruffles alone would make you start to feel better, lol! By the way, your princess has beautiful hair :)

Tina Peterson said...

Hi - I was thinking about making up a belt like this for my heat packs (gel ones I bought) as the straps that come with the heat packs are too short for me. It would be nice for work or sitting at my desk.

I have fibromyalgia and use these packs a lot in the Winter or in the winter when outside - it helps ease my pain and this pattern is exactly what I've been wanting to do.

A new follower - thanks so much!

Tina "the Book lady"

Anonymous said...

on the rice bags how much lavender did you put in, what other scents would you suggest.

R Sunderman said...

Having made many rice packs, I have 3 suggestions: to prevent the rice from settling at one end of the pack, sew channels in the bag before filling. Also make the bag from 100% cotton - no polyester or other synthetic fibers - these might melt or catch fire when heated in the microwave. You can use muslin for the bag, then make a simple cover from decorative cotton fabric that can be washed.

Judy said...

I have Fibro too and these rice bags are the bomb!! Rice is best for the filler because for some reason, it provides a "moist" heat. Corn made me itch and beans got to smelling funny. So rice is all I use. Made a u shaped one for my shoulders and neck, and rectangle ones for my knees and low back. I used comfy soft flannel in pretty little flowered patterns cause it is so warm and heats up well.

Mary Phelan said...

LOVE this BUT WHERE DOES IT SAY how big to cut each piece???..have looked and looked...want to make this asap for my 91 year old mom.


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