We all get aches and pains now and then which require the use of a heating pad, but sometimes the “traditional” heating pad that you plug in is impractical not to mention it uses up costly energy.
Instead, here is a super quick way to make your own bean bag heating pad using scrap cotton fabric and your choice of fillers. I can’t stress enough that 100% cotton fabric is the only choice to use, if you use any other type of fabric, you run the risk of melting it in the microwave (definitely not desirable).
Fillers can be any type of dried rice, hulled grain (like wheat or barley) or small dried beans. You can even add a fragrance for some “aromatherapy”, like Lavender or fragrant essential oils. Just mix the fragrance and fillers and place in a seal-able container and allow to sit covered for a day or two to distribute evenly.
To make the heating pad, cut one rectangle (or whatever size/shape you desire) of cotton fabric large enough for its intended purpose. This piece was a remnant of the table runner I wove and measured 19″ wide x 11″ tall.
Now add the filler to the bag. To make it easier, make a funnel out of a plain piece of paper and pour the filler into the bag. Only fill the bag about 2/3rds full as you want it to be flexible. Slip-stitch the opening closed and voila! your very own bean bag heating pad.
I have been using mine after each loom threading marathon session as it is an awkward, tedious and muscle fatiguing job. I just drape it around the back of my neck and let the soothing heat radiate and release the tension for about 20 minutes and then I am able to get back at it.