Easy DIY Heat/Cold Pack with Removable Cover

A toasty heat pack sounds nice and cozy during the colder months of the year. One with a removable and washable cover would make a nice gift. Here’s an easy pattern to make one!

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You can use a variety of fillers for the pack (beans, uncooked rice, cherry pits, feed corn, barley, buckwheat, flaxseed or oatmeal). Although the most used filler, I’ve read that rice tends to achieve a burnt smell after time. Some add spices, herbs or essential oils for added aromatherapy.

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MATERIALS NEEDED

(20) 5″ x 5″ cotton fabric squares (removable cover)

16″ x 20″ cotton fabric (heat/cool pack liner)

thread, ruler, scissors

spices, herbs or essential oil (optional)

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REMOVABLE COVER

Cut cotton fabric into 5″ x 5″ squares.

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Sew five squares into a 25″ long strip using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seams. Repeat this to make three more sets of strips (four total).

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With right sides facing, pin two strips together. Sew 1/4″ seam allowance along one long edge. This comprises one side (or top) of cover. Press seams. Repeat to make other side of cover (or bottom).

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With right sides facing, pin the top and bottom cover pieces together and sew 1/4″ seam allowance around three sides; leaving one short edge open. Turn right side out and press.

Press open edge under 1-1.5″ and top stitch.

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Top stitch the three other sides.

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HEAT / COLD PACK LINER

With right sides facing, fold 16″ x 20″ cotton fabric in half, lengthwise. Sew around three sides, leaving short edge open. Turn right side out. Fold under and press open edge.

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Mix herbs, spices or essential oils in a bowl with filler (optional step): 8-10 drops essential oil, or 1 teaspoon spice, or 2 sprigs dried herbs  per 2 cups of filler.

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Measure and divide the length of the liner into thirds.  Add about one cup of filler to heat pack. Shake filler down to bottom.

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Tip: Pin the liner  (below the pencil line) to keep the filler down in the bottom third of the liner as you sew.

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Sew a straight line across pack to keep filler in.  Fill the middle third of liner the same way and sew a straight line across. Then, fill the last third of the liner, pin open end edges closed and top stitch.

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Tip: (Measurement for filler is approximate). Do not fill  liner too full. – it should be able to mold around the body. 

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USING HEAT / COLD PACK

To HEAT: Remove cover. Set a cup of water inside microwave along with heat pack liner. Microwave heat/cooling pack liner 1-3 minutes. ALWAYS SUPERVISE while using microwave! Remove carefully as heat/cooling pack liner will be warm. Stays warm about 30 minutes.

To COOL: Remover cover. Freeze heat/cooling pack liner at least 1 hour. Stays cool about 30 minutes.

**Use cotton fabrics**

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Have a good week! – – Joanne

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