Headaches. They’re an absolute nightmare, they stop you from wanting to do absolutely anything and I get an absolute load of them. That’s why, this week, I’ve decided to try a new method for doing something about it! All I need is half a bag of rice, some fabric and an essential oil (I used an orange one from the Body Shop). This better work.
The pattern I used for the DIY heat pack is from a great Australian craft blog called Fellow Fellow. It’s very easy to follow and has lots of lovely pictures like the one to the left. (On a side note, I wish my blog was as beautiful as this one – if only WordPress didn’t charge so much money just to change the colours of your layout!)
To make the heat pack, you sew together two long pieces of fabric (I used a floral print and a cat print), leaving a small gap, and turn it right side out. You then sew on the quilt lines BEFORE loading the bag with essential-oil infused rice. This step is very important, otherwise you’ll end up having to quilt through grains of rice and that’s no fun.
The next step is to get out your plastic funnel (remember me buying one for my lavender mouse? I knew it’d come in handy eventually!) and feed the rice gently into the bag, easing it down past all the quilt lines so that all the sections are filled. Be prepared, this takes a lot of shaking and may give you an achey arm. Finally, sew up the gap and pop it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Hello toasty neck, goodbye headache!