Instead of using electric heat pads & blankets or hot water bottles for your aches and pains, these microwaveable packs are just the ticket!
These serve a dual purpose as you can also keep them in the freezer to use has a cooling pad or freezer pack when needed.
If you’d like to learn how to make them, you’ll find a tutorial below along with tips for different kinds of fillers to try and directions for using them.
No pattern is necessary, simply cut two pieces of cloth in the size/shape you wish (leave a seam allowance about 20mm). More detailed instructions are found below.
Some prefer regular square shapes, others prefer tubes or more rectangular shapes. Experiment, whip up a few different sizes and shapes to try.
These are really easy to whip up as well as cheap!
- Uncooked rice
- Feed corn
- Buckwheat hulls
- Flax seed
- Cherry pits
Cotton: (plain, prints, flannels, denims)
Alternate ideas: old socks (sew or knot end closed), washcloths, old towels
You can also make cozy, removable & washable outer pouches, this is especially nice to do when using for hedgehogs.
Fabric Ideas: use old towels, fleece, velour knits, pretty fabric prints and flannels (don’t microwave anything other than cotton fabrics). The softer & fluffier & better!
Cut and sew the fabric in the size and shape you want (usually a large teacloth size works well).
Leave an inch or two open on one side so that you can fill pouch with your choice of filler (about 1/2 to 3/4 full, more or less as you prefer). You don’t want it too full though, the sack should be able to mold itself around your hedgehog.
Once it’s full, sew opening closed either by hand or machine (keeping filler pushed to the opposite side of bag while sewing).
If wanting a removable cover, just sew a “pillowcase” idea with your soft, plushy fabric by making it a little larger than your pad and leaving an open end (make sure to finish off ends by sewing a hem). Or you can add a strip of velcro to close it. Careful: Make sure to never microwave this cover unless its content is full cotton. Remove cover to wash as needed.
Heat for 1 to 3 minutes, depending on the size and power of the microwave. Do not leave unattended “just in case” the filler smokes or starts on fire. As a precaution, you can set a cup of water inside along with it to add moisture or spritz sack lightly with water first. If you add spices and herbs, this is a good idea to do.
If You’re In a Pinch:
If you need something “now” and don’t have time to sew one, try filling a ziploc freezer bag (use the microwaveable kind) 3/4 full with uncooked rice, seal shut. Zap it for a minute or two then wrap in a hand towel and use as needed.
You can also fill a clean tube sock, tie closed the open end, heat and use as needed.
Be careful before putting your hedgehog on it as it may be too hot. Shake it first, feel around and check that it’s not too hot and won’t burn.