Did you know that a heating pad is good for a headache? Actually both hot and cold packs are good. In fact the Mayo clinic suggests to, "Apply hot or cold compresses to your head or neck. Ice packs have a numbing effect, which may dull the sensation of pain. Hot packs and heating pads can relax tense muscles. Warm showers or baths may have a similar effect." Why am I dispensing medical advice you ask? Well I made a heat pad for my sister and it seemed like a good introduction. My poor sis has had a few headaches of late and her doctor suggested a heat pad. So a little fabric and some flax seed and voila.
Basically all you need is an 8" x 16" strip of cotton (I used flannel), matching thread and 1 1/4 cups of flax seed. Press a 1/4" hem on the long edges. Fold the fabric in half along the length and stitch just the ends. Turn to the right side and press. With a fade away marker divide the strip into 5 equal sections. Stitch along the markings. You'll have 5 pockets. Fill each pocket with 1/4 cup of flax seed and pin closed. Topstitch the open side. Add a gift tag with some directions and you are done.
I printed a label as a gift card and to include directions. After making it though, it occurred to me that I should have embroidered the instructions right onto the heat pad; that way they will not be lost. Too late for my heat pad but not yours. Click here to download a little design with the directions.