Pillows – Heating Pillow with Buckwheat – Sewing for Beginners .

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Pillows – Heating Pillow with Buckwheat – Sewing for Beginners .

Sew up an easy pillow filled with buckwheat to serve as a heating pad. Buckwheat holds the heat (or cold) better than rice or other grains and is hypoallergenic, since buckwheat is not actually a cereal or grass. Add a few drops of your favorite fragrance oil, or just enjoy the smell of buckwheat. You can also use this pillow as a wrist pillow when working with your computer mouse.

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Materials:

• hand knitted piece (optional, but if you do use it – only natural yarn like wool or cotton)
• piece of fabric (preferably cotton) that is at least twice bigger than your knitted piece
• sewing machine
• needle and threads
• scissors
• piece of paper
• buckwheat

Instructions:

knit a cover piece; make it the shape you want your heating pad to be. place your hand knitted piece in a flat position and slightly stretch

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cut your cotton into two exactly the same pieces so that they are slightly bigger than your knitted piece

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take two cotton pieces and place the knitted piece in between like in the photo

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sew around the edges making sure you get all three layers. leave an opening about 2” long

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turn it inside out

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make a little fennel out of paper and use it to fill up the sack with your precious buckwheat
about half way so the sack is rather loose – this way it will take a shape of whatever you want to warm up easier
use blind stitch to close it up.

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use blind stitch to close it up. you are done! now go put it in the microwave and heat it up for 1 minute, take it out and shake it up. then
put it back in for another minute. don’t you love it?