Soothing Heat Pad

It was my good friend Avey’s birthday recently, I decided to make her a soothing heat pad because she suffers from terrible migraines, I wanted to make one long enough so she could wrap around the base of her neck/shoulders.

I love heat pads they are great for relieving muscle pain, cramps, headaches or just for keeping you toasty in winter! I fell in love with this retro Wizard of Oz material while I was out shopping with my aunt, so I decided to brush up on my sewing as Ave loves hand-made gifts.

They are a fun, easy project and you can use essential oils to give them any kind of smell you like, I used peppermint because that is her favorite but lavender would be nice and relaxing.

You can also use different fillers, I used organic flax seeds which gave it a nice weight and smoothness. Because the flax has a high oil content it is also supposed to be less of a fire hazard when heating. You could also use rice (not the par boiled kind) which is cheaper or any kind of dried bean.

I put the flax-seed in batches into a zip lock bag and added in drops of the peppermint oil and gave it a good shake then poured it into the pad. I used about 1200 grams of flax but you could make your heat pad smaller than the one I did.

What you will need:

  • 22″ x 16″ piece of fabric
  • 1200 grams of organic flax-seed (or rice)
  • peppermint essential oil


  • Cut your fabric to size then fold in half lengthways, inside out.
  • Secure three of the sides with pins.
  • Use a sewing machine or hand stitch the 3 sides.
  • Pour the flax seeds into a zip lock bag and add a few drops of essential oil untill fragrant, you will need to do this in batches to cover all of the seeds.
  • Pull the material through the hole so it is now the right side out
  • Pour the seeds into the hole until it is between 1/2 and 3/4 full. You don’t want to fill it all the way or it won’t sit comfortably over you.
  • Stitch the final side closed then add a few drops of peppermint to the outside of your heat pad and your done.
  • Always keep an eye on the pad when you heat it as they can be a fire hazard and should only take 1 – 2 mins in the microwave to get nice and hot.