Make this cozy rice shoulder heating pad with lavender and you will enjoy it when it is chilly. The pattern is shaped to form easily around your neck and shoulders to spread heat where you need it the most. The rice and lavender are in channels so it is evenly distributed and does not fall all to the bottom….. really this project is better than most items of a similar nature than you can buy in a store.
Basically you cut two pieces of flannel or fleece fabric into the same U shape, put the pretty sides together and sew around the outside edge of the U. The turn it pretty side out and sew across the U every 3 inches. This makes the pockets for the rice.
Then mix long grain rice with your choice of herbs or essential oils in a bowl. Using a funnel fill each pocket with the rice mixture, you need to either stitch each pocket as you fill it closed or tape or pin it till you fill all of them. Which ever works best for you.
Once all the pockets are filled sew the inside edge of the U closed. When you need that comforting heat around your shoulders, heat the pad in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes or if you don’t have a microwave lay the pad on a cookie sheet and place in the oven that you have warmed and turned off and leave for 10 or 15 minutes to absorb the heat.
Don’t leave the oven on because the fabric may get too hot.
Crafty Endeavor had shared the tutorial for this but that site is gone so we have had to find a similar project: