Handmade Heating/Cooling Pad

Hello everyone! I’m Kymona Tracey, and I’m so excited to be here for the very first time sharing an easy and fun handmade heating/cooling pad project with you. Heating/cooling pads come in handy when you have a stiff neck or when you need to cool down a joint after a run.

I started sewing two years ago because of my 10-year-old daughter at the time. Yes, she learned how to sew, and wanted me to join her, so I did. You can find me on Instagram @kreativekymona and my blog Kreative Kymona.

Handmade Heating-Cooling Pad Tutorial

Finished size: 17-3/4″ wide x 5-3/4″ height (the larger one)
14.5″ wide x 5.5″ height (the smaller one)

Materials to Create a Handmade Heating/Cooling Pad

Fabric and Notions

  • 1 Fat quarter (Blush Collection by Dana Willard)
  • Fabric Pen
  • Point Turner
  • Ruler
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Pins/clips
  • Rotary cutter and ruler
  • Thread to match the fabric
  • One cotton twill tape 3/8″ (optional)

Other

  • Two bags of beans (small white beans)

Supplies

Instructions to sew a handmade heating/cooling pad

Step 1 – Cut the fabric

Cut (2) pieces of the fat quarter to 18.5 inches x 6.5 inches (the larger one).
Cut (2) pieces of the fat quarter to 15-1/4 inches x 6-1/4 inches (the smaller one- peach).

Note: All seam allowances are 1/4 inch unless otherwise noted.

 

Cut the fabric

Step 2 – Prepare the fabric for sewing

Pin/clip the two fat quarters right sides together, leaving a small open space on one of the shortest sides.

Handmade Heating-Cooling Pad Tutorial: Preparing the fabric for sewing

Handmade Heating-Cooling Tutorial: Preparing the fabric for sewing

Step 3 – Sew the front and back together

Beginning sewing at the small opening, remembering to backstitch. Sew around the entire piece stopping at the small opening. Remember to backstitch again.

Step 4 – Ironing and Cutting

Iron all of the stitches to set them in place. Use the embroidery scissors and round all of the corners.

Handmade Heating-Cooling Tutorial: Ironing and cutting

Step 5 – Turning the project

Turn the fabric inside out. Use a point turner to poke out the corners.

Step 6 – Marking the fabric

Fold the entire piece in half on the longer side, finger score. Open and fold the left side to the center, finger score. Fold the right side to the center, finger score.

Handmade Heating-Cooling Pad Tutorial: Marking the fabric

Open and fold the left side to the center, finger score. Fold the right side to the center, finger score.

Handmade Heating-Cooling Pad Tutorial: Marking the fabric

 

Handmade Heating-Cooling Pad Tutorial: Marking the fabric

 

Use the fabric pen and ruler to mark all of the score lines.

Handmade Heating-Cooling Pad Tutorial: Marking the fabric

Now you have four even sections of the handmade heating/cooling pad.

Handmade Heating-Cooling Pad Tutorial: Marking the fabric

Step 7: Fill each section and sew

Fill the first section with beans up to an inch from the pen line.

Handmade Heating-Cooling Pad Tutorial: Fill each section and sew

Handmade Heating-Cooling Pad Tutorial: Fill each section and sew

Use the drawn lines to sew a straight line keeping the beans in place.

Handmade Heating-Cooling Pad Tutorial: Fill each section and sew

The clear sole on foot #34D makes it easy to see exactly where the needle is going, especially when you have to keep the beans out of the way of the needle.

Handmade Heating-Cooling Pad Tutorial: Fill each section and sew

Sew with the default setting for stitch number one is the easiest way to go.

Handmade Heating-Cooling Pad Tutorial: Fill each section and sew

Snip all of the loose thread after sewing each section.

Handmade Heating-Cooling Pad Tutorial: Fill each section and sew

Repeat until the entire length of the fabric is full.

Step 8: Stitch the small opening closed

Double stitch the full length of the short end with the small opening.

Handmade Heating-Cooling Pad Tutorial: Stitch the small opening close

Step 9: Finishing up the handmade heating/cooling pad

Smooth out the beans evenly in each section and fold. Wrap with a pretty ribbon to give as a gift.

Finishing up

Finishing up

To heat the pad, place it in the microwave for 3 minutes. To cool it, put it in the freezer for your desired temperature. Amazingly fun and easy to make these handmade heating/cooling pad.

8 thoughts on “Handmade Heating/Cooling Pad

    1. I’m guessing that if the divider lines were sewn first – there would be no way to get the beans in! 🤣🤣🤣 Great tutorial. Thank you. I will definitely be making some of these.

      1. Yes, shibastitcher you are absolutely correct. I add the beans then sew the section close as oppose to adding all of the beans and fighting to keep them in their section, LOL. I can’t wait to see what you create. Please share them with us.

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