Tuesday 30 October 2012

Hot Water Bottle Heat Pack Tutorial

Microwavable Hot Water Bottle Heat Pack

I'm trying to think up some ideas for Christmas presents that I can get started on and I came across lots of cute heat packs on Pinterest. I was torn between making one of those and making a hot water bottle cover when I realised I could just combine the two! :) Just fill the little hot water bottle with rice and a few drops of lavender oil and you have a microwavable hot water bottle!

Hot Water Bottle template - free download

First download my hot water bottle template here. This make quite a small hot water bottle but you could easily enlarge it.
(And if you like it and want to show your appreciation by clicking on a few ads I promise to keep supplying you with free stuff! :)

Print and cut two copies of the template in a cotton fabric.

Pin your two hot water bottles together (right sides facing if your fabric has a right and wrong side). Sew around the outside, leaving a small gap on the bottom edge so you can turn and fill it. I sewed a zig zag stitch around the outside afterwards just to make it extra secure. (Don't want any rice escaping!)

Mix some rice with a few drops of lavender oil and leave to dry. Then fill your hot water bottle with rice. Sew across the bottom to close it up.

Next I sewed a little cover for it. I kinda just figured this out as I went, using the original template as a rough guide. As you can see from the picture, just leave a few inches of extra fabric at the top. I cut along the fold.

Then sew it up in a similar manner to the soap pouch I made.

This is what the other side looks like, with the hot water bottle tucked safely inside.

Sew your own microwavable rice filled hot water bottle heat pack!

The finished product. :)

Things I've Learnt:
- I filled mine with rice as that's what I had in the cupboard but after trying it out a few times it doesn't really hold the heat that well. It's lovely and hot for about 10 minutes but it'd be nice if it lasted just a bit longer! I know you can use buckwheat and flax seed too so maybe they'd be better!
- This little guy is quite small so I might have to make a bigger one next time. You could easily enlarge the template though.
- Be careful when heating these in the microwave, nothing worse than smelling burnt rice instead of lavender! They're pretty small so 1 minute to 1 and a half minutes max! It's a good idea to watch it and turn and shake it half way through.

*Thanks to Melanie @ My Mulberry Junction for her comment - dent corn might be a better option than rice to keep the heat a bit longer! :) And to Jessi @ Practically Functional who suggested using lentils instead! I think I'll just have to make another one to test it out! Oh and thanks Fran for her tip about putting a cup of water in the microwave with the heat pack to keep the rice from drying out/burning!



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  1. Your hot water/heat packs sound like a great idea, especially with the colder weather now! I like the fabric pattern too. :) Thanks for linking up with us on Must Try Monday, and when you get a chance, could you add a link back to Must Try Monday/Morsels of Life. :)

  2. Hi,
    That's a great project!!! Thanks so much for sharing tutorial!
    Happy week!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  3. Love your 'hot water bottle' - such a cute idea!!!

  4. Thanks for participating in the SHOW-licious Craft Showcase. I hope you return to post more of your great things. I host it every weekend. :)



  5. I could use one of those right now... I'm aching all over! Darn cold!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

  6. I love the idea of making them this shape. I've used dent corn in the bags I've made and we love it. But I don't know how well the lavender would soak into the corn.

  7. Great idea and love the fabric!! TFS!! Stopping by from Sugar & Spice linky party and your newest follower.

    Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/10/happy-halloween-evil-queen-costume.html

    Happy Halloween!

  8. thats a brilliant idea, pinning this!stopping by from earning my cape

  9. Very cool! The first set of little hand warmers I made used rice, but the second set used lentils, and I think they hold the heat a little better. :-)

    1. Ooh lentils! Never would have thought of them! I'll have to update the post. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  10. This is great! Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

    1. Happy to feature you again this week!

  11. Very clever. Just wanted you to know I featured your post tonight on beColorful.

  12. Hi I love this idea!! I have only seen wheat bags and they usually recommend to put a cup of water into the microwave at the same time to prevent contents drying out or burning/overheating.
    I'll be making some for Christmas. Thanks for a great pattern and idea. Fran, Melbourne. Australia

  13. Oh my goodness I so need to make these and give them out for Christmas. This is the perfect gift. And boy does my hubby need one :) Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.


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