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.



3 comments:

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

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

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  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

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