Thursday, May 31, 2012

One Thing Leads to Another 2

A few years ago, when we were living in Alabama, I wanted to make some decorative pillows for our sofas. A friend suggested that I peruse the pillow selections at Ross, buy a cheap feather-filled pillow, and recover it with the fabric of my choice. This proved to be good advice, and I ended up getting really great inserts for a better price than if I had purchased actual pillow inserts.

In the meantime, I held on to the "ugly" covers that originally came with the pillows, thinking that I could eventually recycle them somehow.

Fast forward to a couple of days ago when Morgan was in dire need of a heating pad and couldn't find ours. It was getting close to bedtime, and I was ready to shut down our operation for the night; however, I couldn't just walk away and leave my poor girl in agony. 

Finding items like a heating pad in our house can seem an impossible task, and I decided that it would be easier to quickly whip up a homemade heating pad than to comb the house for one that was missing. Seriously.

Somewhere in my internet travels, I recall having seen a tutorial for homemade heating pads filled with rice. Again, it would be easier to just go "maverick" with it than to try and remember where I had seen that tutorial. I mean, what's so hard about filling a tube with rice?

Enter the old, "ugly" pillow cover, and voila! There's not much else to tell! Well, not much except that I tried to be lazy and leave the zipper on it... until it was time to microwave it. Back to "Clara" I went, cut out the zipper, and stitched all the sides (leaving a temporary opening, of course, to pour the rice inside before hand-stitching it closed).

It's not the most beautiful item, but it worked just fine for Morgan.


  1. How clever! It may not be the most beautiful item, but it is nicer and more elegant than most heating pads.

  2. Thank you, Bev! It saved the moment, at least. :-) I'd like to make more of these in cute fabrics, eventually.

  3. Nice! We have one we bought a long time ago, but it is made from sock-type material and is now twice its original length. lol