How to Make Microwave Heat Pillows

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How to Make Microwave Heat Pillows
Rice makes an excellent filler for a microwave heat therapy pillow. (rice image by alri from

When your back is bothering you after a long day on your feet or your neck is strained after working on your computer all day, a heat therapy pillow might be just what you need. With a few simple materials, you can make your own heat therapy pillow that can soothe those aching spots better than a heating pad.

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Things you need

  • Cotton material, microwaveable (not polyester or fleece, which will melt)
  • Uncooked rice, feed corn, barley, beans or other filler material
  • Dried herbs (if desired)
  • Thread
  • Sewing needle or machine

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    Cut and sew the fabric in the size and shape desired for your pillow. A sock works great for a neck pillow, for example. It can be small so you can take it with you while travelling or larger so you can cover a spot on your back. Small 4-by-4 inch pillows make excellent hand or boot warmers.

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    Leave a small opening of an inch or two in your pillow so you can easily fill your bag.

  3. 3

    Sterilise your chosen filler by microwaving it on high for two minutes before filling your bag. Rice, small beans, barley, wheat and feed corn all work fine. Make sure you allow it to cool thoroughly before filling.

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    Fill the bag with your chosen filler. Don't pack the pillow too tightly. You'll want the filler to be a little loose inside the pillow so that you can easily mould it to your needs (around your neck, for example).

  5. 5

    Add any dried herbs to the filler at this time.

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    Sew the opening up tight after filling.

  7. 7

    Cut and sew another pillowcase a little larger than the size and shape of your first pillow, if you wish it to have a removable cover. This is where you can use fleece or other types of fabric.

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