Hot/Cold Packs are simple to sew yet, invaluable if you get an injury requiring Hot or Cold therapy.  Instructions for three sizes including our very own hand warmers! Also includes heating instructions.

Hot/Cold Pack Instructions

Heat Small Pack in microwave on high for up to 2 minutes and Large Pack for up to 3 minutes. Can also be kept in freezer as a cold pack.

Hand Warmers: Heat two together in microwave on high for up to 1 minute 30 seconds.

Cool completely before reheating.

Materials and Supplies

Craft Supplies:

  • Fabric* - you should choose a fabric that is not too thin. Denim is a great weight for these hot/cold packs.
  • Whole kernel feed corn (found where animal feed is sold)

*See specific instructions below for amount of fabric needed for each size.

Craft Instructions

Large Hot Pack

Craft Supplies:

  • Two 17" x 7" pieces of material* (½ yd of fabric makes 3)
  • Whole kernel feed corn (found where animal feed is sold)
  1. Cut out two pieces of fabric approximately 17" x 7".
  2. With right sides together, sew around using a 1/4" seam and leaving a small opening for turning and filling.
  3. Clip the corners and turn right side out. Use a chop stick or pencil to poke the corners from the inside so they will be sharp.
  4. Fill 2/3 of the way with the corn.
  5. Sew opening closed (I do this by tucking the raw edges inside and machine stitching over the edge).

*Material should be approximately the weight of denim used for jeans. You want to be able to feel the heat thru the material but it can't be too thin. Some fabric intended for medical smocks is thick enough and offers a great variety of prints.

Small Hot Packs

Craft Supplies:

  • Two 8" x 8" pieces of fabric*
  • Whole kernel feed corn

Follow directions for Large Hot Pack only use the smaller fabric and fill it 3/4 of the way full.

Hand Warmers

Craft Supplies:

  • Four pieces of fabric 6 1/4" x 4" each
  • Whole kernel cracked corn

Great for keeping little hands warm at the bus stop!

Make a pair following the same directions as for the Large Hot Pack using two pieces of 6 1/4" x 4" material for each warmer. When filling the hand warmers, fill them full leaving enough room to sew the opening closed.

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