How To: Make A Homemade Heating Pad

via Martha, The Martha Stewart Show

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Okay, it’s spring in LA but the nights are still chilly and, with the impetus to spring clean our homes and our bodies, at the end of the day, we’re a little achy. We saw this homemade heating pad while watching Martha, The Martha Stewart Show the other night. Filled with dried cherry pits or buckwheat hulls (we’re thinking that rice or dried beans might be another filling option) we thought we’d share the how-tos here. (Please excuse our pictures. They were taken off our television)

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  1. Using a piece of fabric 20 x 14, fold the fabric in half the long way, right sides together.
  2. Sew up the long side and one short side.
  3. Fold down the top 1/4 inch.
  4. Turn right side out and iron.
  5. Fill with dried cherry pits or buckwheat hulls
  6. Stitch closed 1/8 inch from the top.
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Heat it briefly in the microwave to use it as a heating pad or chill it in the freezer to use it as a a cold pack. A longer version can be used as a draft dodger, lying against the gap at the bottom edges of your door or window to prevent cool air escaping in the summer and the cold air coming in in the winter.