I love Valentine’s Day crafts. I think simple homemade presents can touch the heart just as much as expensive store-bought gifts. This year I decided to make a gift that any tired mom would love to receive: an adorable microwave homemade heating pad that can be used as hand warmers for the cold month of February. They are also great for relaxing tired muscles, comforting sick kids, and relieving tension headaches.
These easy to make heating pads can be filled with whole grain rice or kosher salt. They are heated by placing them in the microwave. They can also be placed n the freezer for use as a cool pack. They are all natural, reusable and healthier than using a chemical filled self warming heat or cold pack made of plastic.
In honor of Valentine’s Day I’ve designed my homemade heat pads to look like a classic Valentine treat: Conversation Hearts! You can use embroidery thread or a red permanent marker to mark the heating pads with your favorite Conversation Heart sentiment.
These hearts feature adorable Valentine sayings created with embroidery thread.
Get the free printable pattern.
Do you know anyone who would love getting a Valentine gift? I’ve designed a FREE printable tag that you can print out to make easy, personal Valentine’s Day gifts. I printed the tags on gray cardstock; you can use any color you prefer to customize your Valentine gifts.
Here’s are the easy heat/cold packs with the permanent marker design. They are so cute and simple to make!
Microwave Homemade Heating Pad Supplies
- Whole grain rice, uncooked (not minute rice) or Kosher Salt (1/3 c. per heating pad)
- 100% cotton fabric – I used flannel
- 100% cotton thread, in colors to match your fabric
- Permanent Markers (if desired)
- 100% cotton embroidery thread, red
*Please note, I only use 100% cotton fabric because not all fabric can withstand heating in the microwave oven. Synthetic fabrics can melt or release toxic fumes in your microwave and should not be used.
Microwave Homemade Heating Pad Directions
- Wash and dry fabric. Do not use fabric softener. Fold fabric, wrong sides together. Trace and cut hearts. You should cut both the front and the back at the same time.
2. Trace words onto fabric, I hold my fabric and pattern up to a window to make it easy to trace.
3. If using embroidery thread, stitch the pattern onto your heart. If using permanent marker, trace and then dry iron (no steam) to set the design.
4. Sew the heart back to heart front, leaving ¾ inch to be able to fill.
5. Use a funnel to fill each heating pad with 1/3 c. rice.
You can also fill the heat/cold packs with kosher salt.
6. Pin opening shut and stitch closed.
7. Print gift tags onto card stock, cut out, punch a hole in the top and attach baker’s twine.
8. Pin tags to the back of each heating pack with a safety pin. (Remove safety pin before heating in a microwave oven.)
9. Enjoy your heating pad!
I hope you try making some Microwave Homemade Heating Pad for Valentine’s Day! If you’re looking for more easy Valentine’s Day gifts check out my PB Inspired Valentine Tea Towels, they’re no-sew and less than $1 to make!