How to Make Reusable Hot/Cold Packs

The comfort of a reusable hot/cold pack

Sewing these reusable hot/cold packs is about a 15 minute project and so simple, even a beginner sewer can make these. I store them in the freezer so that they are always cold and ready to be used for a bumped head or scraped knee.

For a sore neck or back, or anything that is better suited for a hot pack. Simply warm the pack in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Just be careful to check that it doesn’t get too hot, especially when warming for a child.

Sometimes we even like to warm these up on a cold winters night to give to the kids just to help them be warm and cozy to help them sleep better.

Scenting your reusable hot/cold packs

You can add about 10 drops of any essential oil of your choice the same time you add your flax seeds in step 3. Or you can simply drop about 10 drops of essential oils directly onto the reusable hot/cold pack prior to using.

When you warm these in the microwave it helps release the scents. Lavender orange is my absolute favorite, its soothing, comforting and refreshing all at the same time and seems to help my kids quickly drift to sleep better than anything else.

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How to make reusable hot/cold packs

Step 1: Gather your supplies

For this project you will need:

One piece of heavy bamboo French terry cloth or some kind of heavy knit material like sweatshirt material, cut to 10″ X 14″.

One piece of flannel or cotton knit fabric cut to 10″ X 15″ for the pouch.

One 7″ zipper.

4 cups flax seed (I like to use flax seed over rice, corn or barley because the high oil content helps the packs stay cold/hot longer.

You will also need: a cutting mat, cutting ruler, rotary cutter, thread and sewing machine.

Step 2: Sew the pack

Place right sides of bamboo French terry together by folding in half along the 10″ side so that you have a 7″ X 10″ piece of fabric and sew along one short side and long side using a half inch seam allowance.

Snip the corners as shown in photo prior to flipping right side out.

Step 3: Fill the reusable hot/cold pack

Simply fill with 4 cups of flax seed. This is also a great time to add your essential oils if you would like to.

Step 4: Sew closed

Fold the open end of the hot/cold pack in about an inch and clip closed. Then sew using about a quarter inch seam allowance. Make sure to back stich at each end to prevent any seeds from falling out.

Step 5: Sew zipper on the cover

To sew the zipper on the cover you will need to first cut the cover fabric in half so that you have two 10″ X 7.5″ pieces of fabric.

Then replace your pressure foot on your sewing machine to the zipper foot.

Clip the zipper (right side) to the right side of the short end of one piece of cover fabric.

Sew in place sewing as close to the zipper as you can.

Then flip the fabric over and sew a finishing seam over the right side as shown in photo below.

Repeat this process with the other side of the cover making sure to place right sides together.

Step 6: sew pouch closed

Making sure the zipper is open. Clip the right sides of the pouch together and sew all the way around on all three sides using a half inch seam allowance. Snip all the corners.

Then, through the open zippered side turn the pouch right sides out.

Your reusable hot/cold pack is finished! Simply place the hot cold pack into the cover, its just like putting a pillow into a pillowcase, and zip closed.

You can make the reusable hot/cold pack without the cover, but I prefer to have a cover on ours so that in the event it gets dirty we can easily remove the cover for washing rather than having to throw the whole thing out and make a new one.

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