DIY $3 Heating Pad – Satsuma Designs

DIY $3 Heating Pad

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, not to mention 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, which when I really reflect only includes a couple of those things I listed above: family and faith. But, I can't just curl up on the couch with a book and my new reading glasses (!) for the next 2 months.

DIY $3 heating pad

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 Heat Pad in 10 Minutes for Maximum Holiday Stress Relief. I think it looks like it cost more! Do you agree?

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Here's What You'll Need

  • Pair of thin socks from the dollar store (can use sport socks too)
  • Pair of cozy socks from the dollar store. I found these chenille stripes at Dollar Tree (chenille, fleece, soft wool)
  • 2 bags small white beans (grocery or dollar store or pantry)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Scissors

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

Take your thin socks and sew the cuffs together right side out and leave about 1" opening to pour the beans. This pair is your liner so you don't have to worry about the seam showing.

Fill each sock with a bag of beans. Have the kids help. This is funny and fun!

Sew socks closed to secure beans. Now you'll have a bean snake.

Sew your cozy socks. Leave them right side out and sew around the cuff. This time leave about 1 1/2" open to insert your bean-filled liner socks.

Once sewn, insert the bean-filled liner socks, filling up each sock equally.

Finish by sewing up the 1 1/2" remaining hole and you're done!

If you're using striped socks like I did, be sure to match up the lines so you have the pattern you want in your design.

You may need to cut on of the striped off one of your cozy socks to make them line up.

How to Use your DIY $3 Heating Pad

Place in microwave and set on 30 seconds to start.

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

Be careful not to burn yourself!

And don't think this will add stress of yet another item on your to do list. 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!

NOTE: 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. 

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💕 jennifer

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