Can I just tell you how much of a pain I think store bought heating pads are? They are NEVER the right size or cover the right amount of area and are just plain ugly. I have the solution. I made my own and I am very pleased with the outcome. If you can sew a straight line, you can do this project.
This pad took less than a half yard of material so you really could just scrounge through the remnant pile to find a big enough piece. My finished dimensions on this were 21" by 6 1/2". I had sewn two solid lines at the 2 1/4" mark from each end. I filled this with a two pound bag of rice and added 2 T. of dried lavender. I didn't think the smell would be all that strong so I added some essential oil as well. If I did this over again, I probably would not add the essential oil as it made the end product a little too strong. You can fill this with flax seeds as well and add whatever dried flowers you want, or none at all. I placed mine in the microwave for approximately a minute and a half and it was plenty warm. The best part about it is that it is long enough to stretch both shoulders at the same time! The rice also gives it weight which always feels good and brings comfort too. So long, ugly and too tiny heating pads.....I won't miss you one bit!
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