Before life turned wild, I had shot some photos of the Neck-Heat-Bag that I made as a birthday present for my mom. Sarah asked for a tutorial and here it is:
Download the free pattern (handdrawn, nothing fancy…), print it at 100%, tape it together and cut it out.
- 45cm x 70cm cover fabric (100% cotton)
- 45cm x 70cm inner fabric for the bean bag (100% cotton)
- some cm of velcro
- beans (I used rapeseed/canola but you could also use Wheat, Rice or Oatmeal)
- basic sewing supplies
Cut out the fabric TWICE (following the mark for the FRONT) and ONCE on the fold (using the inner mark for the BACK as your guide)
Fold in the straight edges twice…
… like so. Topstitch along the edge.
Lay out the fabric left sides together with the straight edges overlapping.
Pin the two pieces of velcro in place.
And stitch them down.
Close the velcro and lay out the pieces right sides together:
Pin to secure from shifting. Stitch all around the edges TWICE. Once with a straight line stitch and another time using a zig zag stitch. Or use a serger.
Cut out the inner fabric TWICE on the fold. Just a bit smaller than the outer fabric.
Place the fabric right sides together and sew all around using a narrow straight line stitch. Leave a small opening:
Turn inside out.
Fill with beans and close opening. Afterwards sew some straight lines thereby forming even segments to prevent the beans from shifting.
Slide into the cover, step back and admire.
Now go heat it up* and relax =)
Have a lovely week!!!
*Be careful and never leave your heat bag/ bean bag unattended in your microwave. I set mine at 350W max. And please: don’t burn yourself, always check the heat of your bean bag before applying to your body (o;