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No Sew Sea Salt Heat Pack
I am a HUGE fan of my heating pad. Whether it’s a stiff neck, sore back, earache or bruises a nice heat pack can have you feeling better in no time. But the electric ones dont always make since. or can't get it exactly where you need it. If you need a heat pack in a pinch you can easily upcycle an old shirt, some fabric scraps or any other microwave resistant fabric and throw together a No Sew Sea Salt Heat Pack in no time. I choose sea salt because it holds heat longer than rice, cherry pits or any other common filling for a heat pack.
NOTE: NOT all fabric can withstand microwave oven heating so be sure to use a natural fabric that will not melt. Acetates, polyester and other synthetic fabrics should be considered not-microwaveable and not to be used in your heat pack
You’ll Need the following items for your No Sew DIY Heat Pack
Fabric 6” x 6”
12” x 1” ribbon
Rubber Band or hair tie ( no metal )
1 Cup Sea salt
Lay the 6”x6” fabric face down
Place 1 cup of sea salt in the center of your fabric
Draw up the 4 corners and then sides
Band it tightly with the rubber band so no salt can leak out
Cover the rubber Band with ribbon and tie in a bow
To heat your pack place it on a microwave safe dish and heat for 30-45 seconds in the microwave. For moist heat Microwave a shallow bowl of water to boiling in the microwave . Once boiling place your New Sew heat pack on a plate in the microwave too and continue to microwave for 45 seconds. Damp heat will, over time, deteriorate the salt crystals inside so you will have to replace them after 5 or 6 moist heat uses. Always test that the pack isn’t hot enough to burn your skin before applying it and never leave the No Sew Heat Pack unattended in the microwave while heating.
Just found your site and have about 8 tabs open looking at everything (lots of good ideas from recipes to crafts, thank you!) and came across this. I’d like to make a couple for my parents, but was wondering about the rubber band for the closure. Have you found it to be stable enough to microwave often? I know that in our house, I’m always finding that my rubberbands seem to dry out/snap easily (we live in a 120 year old tobacco warehouse, and don’t have central air), so I was just curious to know how yours have lasted. I don’t know how to use a sewing machine yet, and while I can fix tears and darn socks and attach buttons and that’s about it, so the no-sew tag is attractive to me! Thank you for all of the great ideas and directions for your projects and recipes, I can’t wait to try them! (And thank you to your husband for his service and sacrifices.)
Danielle, The Frugal Navy Wife says
Thank you! <3 I love hearing people like you find what i post useful. Makes it all worth it! As for the rubber band, I replace mine often because I like to wash the fabric. I have since moved tot eh hair ties they seem more durable.