personalized fathers day gifts Microwavable Rice Filled Heating Pads customized rustic pillow covers
We love the simple clean lines of these microwavable neck and lap/back heating pads. After under a minute in the microwave， you'll get up to an hour of safe， warm heat without the dangers inherent in electric heating pads： burns， fires， and electrical shock. Electric heating pad cautions actually read： Never use in a situation where you could fall asleep. Hmmm... often falling asleep is my goal. These pads are not difficult to make and are a useful gift for most any adult. They're good for muscle aches or when you feel a chill and don't want to turn up the thermostat. You can also freeze them for a pleasant cooling effect. Although， just typing that made me shiver. Add a drop of essential oil if you'd like a little aromatherapy.most popular housewarming gifts
Before you begin， measure the interior of your microwave oven just to be sure the lap/back pad will fit when folded in half (about 8" x 12"). Most microwaves can easily accommodate something of this size， but there are a few older and space-saver models that may require you to slightly reduce the size of the pad.
We show you dimensions and supplies for both a neck pad (22" x 8" flat) and a slightly larger lap/back pad (16" x 12" flat).
To give your heating pads as a giftpersonalized fathers day gifts， fold them up and tie them with a piece of natural twill tape. Pretty and practical!
Our sample pads used rice， but you can also check out our article on other filler options： Organic Fillers for Warming Pads： We Compare Rice， Corn， and Flaxseed. It contains lots of good information from our tests， as well as a lot of great chatter within the comment sections from visitors who've tried lots of different fillers.
This project is great for fabric scraps. You can use flannel， as well as quilting or décor-weight cotton. Just don't use anything with metal threads (unless you want a fireworks display in your microwave). We chose cotton ticking for its clean， fresh look and tight weave. Ticking is an old time？fabric that was historically used for covering pillows and mattresses because its tight weave kept feathers， horse hair， and other fillers in place. Today， ticking has once again become trendy for design accessories like throw pillows， as well as for upholstery. There is something classically soothing about those woven stripes. Ticking is available almost everywhere fabric is sold. We found a nice selection at？Fabric.com. The ticking we used is not the industrial-strength mattress variety， but a décor-weight that has a soft drape after washing. As we always suggest， pre-wash and press your fabric and rick rack trim before beginning this project.
The back of our samples is a low nap fleece. Although a polyester based substrate， because the time in the microwave is low， we had no problems with it melting nor have we heard of problems from others... and this particular project is one of the most popular ever， with thousands of downloads to its credit.
However， many people prefer to only use 100% cotton for anything in the microwave. No worries there， other good options for the back of the pads would be to a) repeat the ticking or use a similar cotton décor weight fabric， b) pick out a solid 100% cotton quilting solid or quilting flannel， or c) try cotton terry cloth. You can also switch to cotton thread and cotton rick rack. The trim is， of course， optional.
From here on， the instructions are the same for both the neck pad and the lap/back pads (except as noted). We use ？" seams throughout.
Since microwaves vary in how quickly they heat， start with ONE minute and see how it feels. The microwave we tested required about 2 minutes to achieve the desired toasty warmth. DO NOT overheat， you can scorch the rice. Once you know how long it takes your microwave to heat your pad， you can set that time for future uses. Do not attempt heat the pad in a conventional oven.
You can also use this tutorial to make a simple cover for a heating pad. To do this， measure the heating pad and cut two rectangles from flannel or quilting cotton. Cut the rectangles two inches wider and five inches longer than the finished outside dimensions of the pad. With right sides together， use a ？" seam allowance to sew along both long sides and across the bottom. Serge or zig zag the raw edges. On the top end， fold under ？" and press. Fold under an additional 1" to form a hem. Edgestitch the hem in place. You can add a ribbon tie or two if you'd like to hold the cover closed on the end after you slip the heating pad into place.
Project Design， Sample Creation and Instructional Outline： Alicia Thommas
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