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.
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
- Embroidery scissors
- Rotary cutter and ruler
- Thread to match the fabric
- One cotton twill tape 3/8″ (optional)
- Two bags of beans (small white beans)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open and fold the left side to the center, finger score. Fold the right side to the center, finger score.
Use the fabric pen and ruler to mark all of the score lines.
Now you have four even sections of the handmade heating/cooling pad.
Step 7: Fill each section and sew
Fill the first section with beans up to an inch from the pen line.
Use the drawn lines to sew a straight line keeping the beans in place.
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.
Sew with the default setting for stitch number one is the easiest way to go.
Snip all of the loose thread after sewing each section.
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.
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.
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.