Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sewing heated neck pillows

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Perfect for winter comfort. These herbal neck pillows smell great when heated and feel so nice and cozy. I saw some similar ones sold at whole foods this weekend for $40. These were easy and quick to make and can be made for a few dollars.

- Fabric (12" x 34" piece for each pillow)
- Rice (approx. 48 oz.)
- flax seed
- dried chamomile flowers
- dried mint leaves
- Lavender
- a few drops essential oil
- Coordinating thread for sewing

Mix rice and desired herbs together and sprinkle with essential oil. I used approximately 8 cups of this mixture to fill one neck pillow
Place fabric right sides together, pin, and sew along edges.  Leave an 2" opening on one end. Turn pillow right side out. Fill pillow with 2 1/2 cups of the rice mixture. I made compartments to hold the rice mixture in place so that it will not fall to one end of the pillow. To do this, measure 11 inches from the filled end and sew a straight seam across pillow. Fill again with 3 cups of the rice mixture. Sew another seam 11 inches past the last seam sewn. Fill the rest of the pillow with 2 1/2 cups more of the rice mixture.
Sew the open end shut. I added extra seams for reinforcement to prevent the rice mixture from escaping.

To use the pillow, heat for 2 minutes in the microwave. Enjoy!

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