DIY $3 Heating Pad

(5 minute read; 10 minute project time)

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Every year, the fall and holiday season have a way of getting away from me.

I find I create both unnecessary and even unreal stress over big and small: holiday travel, future guests' arrival, meal planning, gift creating and giving, card design and mailing.

And that list doesn't even include the stuff of life: work, school, health, food, faith and so much more.

This year I want to make it different.

I'm going to use little stress busting tools and plan ahead by writing down both my wants and true priorities.

When I reflect on those real priorities only includes a couple of those things I listed above: family and faith.

But, you and I can't just curl up on the couch with a book and my new reading glasses (!) for the next 2 months, to soak in the season, we will march on!

Even if I wanted to I'd miss all the fun.

So to have the fun and feel good too, I'm going to work on DIY tools, recipes, and more to keep myself and hopefully other generous readers calm, cool and relaxed this holiday.

Here's a super simple way to make a $3 heating pad that looks like it cost a lot more. Do you agree?!

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Here's What You'll Need

  • One pair of thin socks from the dollar store. You can use sport socks too. And you don't need to run out to the store if you have a pair in your drawer that you haven't worn in a while. Just make sure they are clean!
  • One pair of cozy socks from the dollar store. I found these chenille striped socks at Dollar Tree, but you can opt for any style, color and texture you like. Just make sure they're COZY and SOFT!
  • Two (2) bags of small white beans that you can find at the grocery store or dollar store too. These beans are nicer than rice for these heat pads because they have a little more mass to them, which is nice on the neck. It's almost like an extra layer of massage.
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Scissors

Here's What You'll Do to Make your Heating Pad

Start by sewing the cuffs of your thin sock cuffs together right side out and leave about a 1" opening to pour in the beans. 

You can simply sew them on your machine or with needle and thread and don't worry about a finished look as these will be inside your finished heating pad.

Next, fill each sock with a bag of small beans. Have the kids help! It can be funny and fun!

If you're feeling daring, just snip off one end of the bean bag and pour right in.

Alternatively, use a funnel to fill up each sock with all of the beans.

Now, sew your thin, liner socks closed to secure the beans. How do you like your bean snake? Fun, right?

Try it out and make sure you like the density.

Next, you'll sew your cozy socks together. The beauty of the chenille socks is that they're so fluffy, they hide the seam. So nice!

Leave them right side out and sew around the cuffs using a coordinating thread color leaving about a 1.5" opening to insert your liner, bean-filled socks. 

When your cozy socks are sewn together, insert the bean-filled liner socks, filling up each sock equally. You want to ensure that your socks are balanced for the best look and feel.

Finish up by sewing the 1.5" opening on your cozy socks and you're done!

Production Notes

  • If you're using a striped print like I did with my socks, be sure to line up your sock stripes in a way that you like.
  • You may need to cut one section of a stripe off at the top to make your stripes line up.
  • If you're using a needle and thread instead of a sewing machine, make sure that your stitches are quite close together on both the liner socks and your cozy socks.
  • You want to ensure longevity and durability of your heating pad and close stitches will keep the beans in and the cozy sock seam secure. 

How to Use your DIY $3 Heating Pad

Place your heating pad in the microwave and set on 30 seconds to start at moderate temperature setting if an option.

Carefully feel the heat of the pad, add another 30 seconds if necessary to achieve the right temperature.

Be careful not to burn yourself!

Zen Notes

Picture yourself heating this baby up in the morning and wearing it around all day as you brightly accomplish everything you hoped, with ease.

Just remember to breathe!

These bean-filled heater wraps also works great in warmer months or during hormonal shifts to cool you down.

Pop in the freezer for 10 minutes, remove and enjoy!  

sew a cozy heat pad for $3 in 10 minutes natural maker mom at satsuma designs DIY $3 heating pad | Easy to make heating pad with $3 dollar store supplies #spa #relax #zen #spaday #athomespa #retreat #calm #meditate

If you like this project, check out our other Satsuma Designs DIY projects on our Pinterest Board below. Enjoy! Follow Satsuma Designs's board Crafts and DIY on Pinterest.

sew a cozy heat pad for $3 in 10 minutes natural maker mom at satsuma designs DIY $3 heating pad | Easy to make heating pad with $3 dollar store supplies #spa #relax #zen #spaday #athomespa #retreat #calm #meditate


sew a cozy heat pad for $3 in 10 minutes natural maker mom at satsuma designs DIY $3 heating pad | Easy to make heating pad with $3 dollar store supplies #spa #relax #zen #spaday #athomespa #retreat #calm #meditate


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