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diy project: yevgeniya’s knitted buckwheat heating pad

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[this diy project comes to us from d*s reader and blogger yevgeniya kurtsman of evaforeva. thanks for sharing with us, yevgeniya]

The only thing that makes me feel better when I have a cold is my buckwheat heating pad. I’ve been reading about buckwheat and its healing qualities and I was really surprised to learn how practical and salutary it is. Not only it is delicious and nutritious, when used in a heating pad it holds the heat (or cold) longer than any grain. It’s also very user friendly and least likely to burn when heated in the microwave. And here is a real stunner – buckwheat is hypoallergenic because apparently it’s a fruit and not a grain (what?). I personally love the smell of heated buckwheat but you can easily add couple of drops of your favorite fragrance oil. And I just recently discovered another way to use it when you are not in need of a heating pad – you can use it as a wrist pillow for when you use your computer mouse! – Yevgeniya

CLICK HERE for the full project after the jump!

Yevgeniya’s Knitted Buckwheat Heating Pad, from EvaForeva

You will need:
-hand knitted piece (optional, but if you do use it – only natural yarn like wool or cotton)
piece of fabric (preferably cotton) that is at least twice bigger than your knitted piece
-sewing machine
-needle and threads
-scissors
-piece of paper
-buckwheat

1. knit a cover piece; make it the shape you want your heating pad to be. place your hand knitted piece in a flat position and slightly stretch

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2. cut your cotton into two exactly the same pieces so that they are slightly bigger than your knitted piece

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3. take two cotton pieces and place the knitted piece in between like in the photo

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4. sew around the edges making sure you get all three layers. leave an opening about 2” long

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5. turn it inside out

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6. make a little funnel out of paper and use it to fill up the sack with your precious buckwheat about half way so the sack is rather loose – this way it will take a shape of whatever you want to warm up easier
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7. use blind stitch to close it up. you are done! now go put it in the microwave and heat it up for 1 minute, take it out and shake it up. then put it back in for another minute. don’t you love it?

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11 Comments

Jamie

These things are also fabulous for freezing feet in winter. =)

Jennifer Squires Ross

I definitely need to make one of these. I think I’m going to use fabric from old t-shirts so it’s really nice and soft. Looks like I’m adding buckwheat to today’s shopping list!

Leigh

I have a heating pillow someone made for me filled with some sort of corn. I LOVE the heat, but not so much the smell. I’m definitely going to make one of these–the fragrance sounds much more appealing!

amy Harrison

I absolutely love this! I am always looking for ways to recycle my son’s out-grown and shot through clothing. I think one of his sweaters would be perfect for this! Thanks for the cool pattern.

my material void

I had the exact same idea nothing but soap! it’s not even august and i’m thinking about christmas!!! what is wrong with me?! LoL!

Annisa

Fabulous, thank you! I just made one.. slightly modified (I didn’t use a knit piece and I added a little pillow cover). Plus I added a few essential oil drops (lavender and sandalwood). I’m gifting this one to my MIL. :)

Amiee Chambley

Great idea!! Making one for all my girls. I am going to put the first letter of thier name on the front… Thank you for sharing your great idea’s and please keep them coming:) lots of love from Alabama!!

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