Monday, October 1, 2012

Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Warmer

The weather is getting cool and crisp in the evenings here.
Oh how I love this time of the year!
I feel like I am wrapping up a very busy season and am looking forward to slow, cozy evenings ahead thinking about the upcoming holidays. 
I had a friend bless me with a wonderful heating pad as a little gift last year.
It was a gift that kept on husband uses it every night on his back.
We all fight over who gets to use I decided to make one more, using Beth's pattern.
It is just the perfect size and the heat is so evenly distributed that this heating pad feels wonderful on a cool evening.
My plan is to make these for friends and neighbors for Christmas.
I love gifts that keep on giving:).

You will need: 
About 8 cups of dry rice, flax, barley, buckwheat, or dried cherry pits.
{I used a combo of dried white rice and flax seed.}
2 tsp. ginger
2 tsp. nutmeg
1 TBS. cloves
10 drops clove oil {opt.}
1 TBS. cinnamon
 2 pieces of flannel or thick cotton fabric: 10" wide by 22" long.

First, mix spices, essential oil, and filling in a Ziploc bag.
 Let it sit and "marinate" for at least a few hours.

Place right sides of the fabric together.
Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew around three edges.
Leave one {short}end open.
Zig zag stitch around to want the pad to be strong!
One side will be left open.
Turn the pad right side out.

Fold into equal thirds...marking each third with pencil or a pin.

You may have to draw a straight line.
My fabric had a line of polka dots I could follow.
Sew from one end all the way down, stopping 1 inch before the open end.
You will have 3 slots to fill when you are finished.

Using a small measuring cup, gently pour in the filling.
You don't want the pad too make sure to leave room at the top.
When I held my heat pad upright and the filling settled, I had about three inches at the top.

Take the open end and fold both ends of the fabric in, pin, and sew shut.
I made a half inch seam and finished by sewing closely along the top edge.
This also ensures your heat pad will be sturdy.

Heat for 1 minute for a cozy, pumpkin pie scented warm up!
You can also freeze for a cool pack.
Look...even Daisy LOVES the scent:).

You could customize your heating pads by using different combinations of essential oils, herbs, or spices.
Here are a few ideas...

dried lavender
rose petals
orange oil
vanilla extract
peppermint oil or extract
dried rosemary or marjoram
dried mint
any combination of essential oils

Happy Fall!



Debbie said...

It looks great Julia. I have been making some for Christmas gifts as well this year but I like your idea of dividing the fabric into thirds. I will have to give a few of them a try that way! Have a blessed day.

Valerie said...

Cute! We have lots of summer birthdays around our house and so for the nephews I made similar hot/cold packs. I used fun fabrics that represented each images...musical notes/bongo drums...and KU sports fabric. I didn't use scent though...might do that for Christmas gifts, though! Great idea!

Keep Home Simple said...

My sewing machine broke, but I've been hinting to "Santa" that I need a new one very soon. I can't wait to make one of these. I can just imagine how good it smells!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

Bonnie said...

I love the idea of adding essential oil. The other ones smell a bit after I heat them (the rice or wheat) and the smell is a bit unpleasant. I'm going to try adding some oil.

Keeping It Cozy said...

That looks and sounds wonderful! I have never used a heating pad much but I'm thinking that it would be so nice for the coming cool days. P.S. I love your new picture!

Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said...

Oh my goodness. I have to do this. I have never thought of using Flax seed and what an awesome way to "move it on" out of my house. It's a Long, LONG story.

That flax seed.

Vicki said...

Do you have this warmer on your pinterest boards? Would love to pin it. Thanks so much.

LeslieWms said...

Thank you for this pattern -- it's perfect -- the right amount of rice and exactly the right length of fabric. I just made one and was pleasantly surprised that I didn't have to "fix" the pattern or instructions. Good job! And thanks, again. Have a blessed Fall season!

Unknown said...

I cant wait to make this. Where do you find clove oil?

Denise said...

Just found your site and I am already in love with it. I love these heating/cooling pack ideas. One idea that hit me would be to use eucalyptus oil for headaches and colds etc. I have included a link to show just some of the uses for this type of oil. I plan on making several of these with different scents so they can meet my moods, calming, relaxing, etc. thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us, you are amazing.

Unknown said...

I love this!!! Perfect when you don't want to drag out the heating pad!!! Whipped up in no time flat and so easy!!! Thank you!

Unknown said...

I love this!!! Perfect when you don't want to drag out the heating pad!!! Whipped up in no time flat and so easy!!! Thank you!

Blogging tips