Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Scrappy Heat Pack Tutorial

Here is my promised Tutorial to make a scrappy Heat Pack.  I used the scraps from the Butterfly Quilt that I recently put together and other pieces in my scrap bin.  The Heat Pack has a removable cover for easy heating in the microwave.  So Let's Begin :-

You will Need :-

Twelve 2 1/2" Assorted Squares
One 12 1/2" X 5" of White Homespun for the front panel
Two 7" X 10 1/2" of Homespun for the wheat bag
One 9" X 12 1/2" Pink Tonal for the back of the cover
One 3 1/2" X 5 1/2" Rectangle of Green for the centre Panel
One 3 1/2" X 5 1/2" Rectangle of Easyfix or Vliesofix
Two 2 1/2" Sraps for the hearts and Easyfix for the back of each
Four 5" Pieces of Gingham Ribbon
Matching Embroidery Thread
Approx 5 Cups of Wheat or Rice
Handful of Lavender Buds

Download the Heart Pattern from HERE

Sew two lots of 6 of the 2 1/2" squares to form 2 strips.  Press the seams and join top and bottom to the front panel of Homespun (12 1/2" X 5") 

Next trace a heart onto the paper side of the two smaller pieces of Easyfix with a pencil.  With a hot iron press the non-paper side to the wrong side of the 2 1/2" scrap squares.  Cut the hearts out on the traced line and fuse onto the 3 1/2" X 5 1/2" Rectangle of Green.  With 2 strands of embroidery thread blanket stitch around each heart.

Fuse the remaining rectangle of Easyfix to the back of the green rectangle with a hot iron.  Draw a 1/4" line onto the back paper side of the rectangle on all 4 sides. 

Using pinking shears cut along each line.


Peel off the paper backing and fuse the rectangle to the centre of the white homespun panel on the front piece of the bag.

On one of the short sides of the bag front fold over the raw edge 1/4" on one end .  Place the raw edge of one of the pieces of ribbon onto the folded edge so that the ribbon is laying on the body of the bag.  I have lined up the ribbon on the seam where the 2 1/2" square meets the white homespun panel on the front.  Whilst holding it in place fold over another 1/4" so that the ribbon becomes part of the fold and the ribbon is facing away from the body of the bag.  Pin into place.  Repeat for the otherside of the bag. 

Once you have trapped the two pieces of ribbon on the bag front and have pinned it, lay the pice of pink tonal backing fabric over the top and mark the placement of the ribbons on the bag front to the pink tonal so that they are in the same position. 

 Repeat the same procedure for trapping the ribbon and then sew along both seams.

Lay both pieces on top of one another with the right sides together and all ribbon on the same end. Sew around all 3 sides leaving the ribbon end open. Clip the corners and turn. Press. You have now completed the bag front.

Next sew both pieces of the wheat bag inner together along 3 sides.  Then sew around again about 1/8" in from your first sewing line.  This will give the bag added strength.  Clip the corners and turn to the right side.  Press.

Now it's time to fill the bag.  You can use either wheat or rice but remember that a small cup of water should always be placed in the microwave when heating bags.  I like to add a handful of lavender to my wheat bags too.

I like to use a cup to  make the job of filling it easier

Fill to about 2/3rds full

Fold over the top of the bag all the way around about 1/2"

Pin together and sew the opening closed.  I like to double sew this for added strength.

Your inner bag is now complete. Place it inside it's pretty cover to use

Tie up the ribbons to keep it inside

You might also like to stitch around the rectangle on the front with some embroidery thread

These are a lovely item to give as a gift and mine was completely made from my scrap bin

I really hope you enjoy making my Scrappy Wheat Bag


Fee XX


Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Love it! Will have to make one. Thanks Fee.
Hugs to you!

Kate said...

Very nice Fee - thanks for the tute.

Scottish Nanna said...

Love it Fee I will have to try this one Hugs Mary.xx

Anonymous said...

thankyou so much Fee,such a cute design guess what all my granddaughters are getting one for xmas.xx

Lurline said...

What nice gifts they would make!
Hugs - Lurline

Melody said...

Thank you for sharing this cute project.

Susan said...

What a great tutorial - thanks Fee - but I think our time for using heatpacks is over for now - it was 30 last weekend - already!!

Carla said...

They are fantastic, now I didn't know you had to put water in the microwave when you heated them, you learn something everyday.

Thank you for the tip x

Fiona said...

so sweet and pretty... thanks for the tutorial...

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful tutorial. I just posted a link to your blog on my blog. This would make a lovely gift.

Larissa said...

This is gorgeous Fee!!! Thanks for the tutorial!!! xx

Nancy Page said...

Great tutorial, Thank you for sharing!

Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

Elly D said...

Great tutorial Fee :) Thank you. and such a pretty gift for someone. Ellyx

Allie said...

That has to be the prettiest heat bag I've ever seen, and I've made TONS of these, lol! Well done, sweetie! I'm intrigued by putting a cup of water in the microwave with it, I've never done that before. We usually only keep our rice bags for a year, then I make new "innards", lol. I love the idea of using lavender too!

Lady Jane said...

Wow what a great gift... I am saving as I can use one of these and perhaps this will be a gift I will pick to make for Christmas. Thanks so much. LJ