I love lavender. The smell is so calming. And heat is so soothing, so what better pair than lavender and heat to make me feel like I'm getting a spa treatment while poking my fingers with needles as I'm sewing felt bread. (Maybe I can think of the needle pokes as acupuncture!) You too can go to the spa right in your own home. If you are like me "going to the spa right in your own home" is the closest you'll ever get to going to the spa.
Grab the following materials:
2 - 21 1/2 x 5 1/2 rectangles of flour sack or other very breathable material
1 - 22 x 6 rectangle**
1 - 22 x 6 rectangle of matching or contrasting color**
1 - 2 inch strip of a heat fused velcro (both sides)
2 - 10 inch strips of ribbon
1 1/3 cups of rice
1/2 cup of dried lavender - This makes a great heat pack without the lavender too. You can also use essential oils found in a health food store or hobby store. Simply add a couple drops to the rice depending on strength of aroma you want.
**The super easy way to make this is to just use 2 rectangles that measure 22 x 6 for the outside cover. Unfortunately for me, I did not go the super easy route because I wanted to use up some fabric scraps on this project. So I pieced together two panels measuring 22 x 6 with fabric scraps and old jeans before I began this project.
Let's get started:
1) Sew three sides (2 long sides and 1 short side) of the flour sack rectangles together leaving a short side open for filling.
2) Trim excess off edges, cut corners at a diagonal and turn.
3) Pour 1/3 cup of rice and 2 tablespoons of dried lavender into flour sack. Sew off this compartment and repeat until you have four compartments of rice and lavender spread out through the length of the flour sack. This helps keep the rice and lavender evenly distributed throughout the aromatherapy heat pack.
5) Take one 22 x 6 panel and one ribbon. Double fold the end that you want to be the opening (this end won't be sewn shut) - folding the ribbon into the fold about 1 inch in from the side edge and iron. Then sew.
6) Take other 22 x 6 panel and double fold the end that you want to be the opening (no ribbon this time), iron and sew.
These make great gifts in various sizes. Below I've included a picture of a smaller one with the starting fabric measurements of 9 x 6 that I made for a friend's birthday. I made a flap and button closure for that one. It was meant to cover eyes or forehead.
Make it and . . .