Bean Bags

It’s starting to get cold here in Victoria again, and keeping our heat on is just too expensive! This week we decided to get crafty and sew up our very own microwaveable heating pads. All we needed to make them was:

  1. Fabric (100% cotton so that it’s microwave safe)
  2. Thread (also cotton so that it’s microwave safe)
  3. A sewing Needle
  4. Scissors
  5. Pins to hold the fabric in place (you could also use hair clips or sticky tack)
  6. Filling (wheat, dried peas, say beans, rice, barley)

This is a very inexpensive way to spend an afternoon, especially when you are buying fabric and other supplies for a group of you. We thought that this project would relate seamlessly (pardon the pun) to the home economics curriculum in middle school, or even for a fun cross curricular art/science project. All we had to do was pick a fabric pattern that we liked, cut it to any size we want, pin it so that the pattern is on the inside, and sew it together leaving about a one inch whole! We hand stitched them because none of us have a sewing machine so we had to reinforce our stitches a couple times to make sure our grains would stay in. Once the pouch was stitched we turned it right side out and filled them with barley. We chose to use barley because it was on sale in the bulk isle, has no smell, and won’t expand or explode in the microwave. After filling our pouches the last step was simple, stitch up the remaining hole!

My roommate and I have been fighting over mine every night this week, it is an awesome way to stay warm and the weight from the pouch helps to calm anxiety and stress. It’s great for sore muscles, warming up cold toes, or simply having something warm to snuggle while falling asleep.

The photography documentation of this project was not our best work, not only did we have other friends come over to make them (which distracted us), but we were also so busy with our hands that we did not think to pick up the camera!