I’ve been suffering from a sore neck and shoulder for several days. It occurred to me that my purse just might be the cause.
So I weighed my purse, and guess what… it weighs a whopping 10 pounds!
No wonder my shoulder’s been killing me!
Luckily for me, I found a solution for my aching back in the book 99 Ways To Cut, Sew & Deck Out Your Denim by Faith Blakeney, Justina Blakeney & Ellen Schultz.
The solution is “Number 10,” which shows how to make a heating pad out of the pant leg of a pair of jeans, which is awesome because I have tons of jeans and jean scraps.
Here’s why I have all of those jean scraps:
I made my oldest son a denim quilt for Christmas. He loved it! It’s super warm. (I kinda want one for myself)
Anyway, back to the project…
I just happened to have a pair of pants perfect for the job, and a couple bags of rice to boot.
After I got everything together that I needed, I got busy cutting off that pant leg.
Next, I sewed up the end of the pant leg.
Then cut off the excess material…
I wanted 5 rice compartments (you can have as many as possible) to my heating pad, and I wanted to make sure they were even. So I measured the length of the tube, and divided that by 5 (since I wanted 5 compartments). Using a chalk pencil, I marked lines on the denim tube where I would be sewing the compartments closed.
Then I filled the bottom of the jean tube with rice, stopping at about an inch below the bottom line, and then sewed right across that line.
I then repeated the process of filling each section with rice ,and then sewing across each line until all the tubes were sewn shut.
There was extra material left over at the end of the tube, so I trimmed it a bit, and then folded it over and stitched it down.
The book said to put the heating pad in the microwave for 15 seconds, but my microwave is small and not very powerful, so 2 -2 1/2 minutes worked perfectly for me!
My neck and shoulder are feeling better already!
Special thanks to my photographer…
Since I still have half a bag of rice left over, (and tons of denim scraps) I thought I could use up the rice in making hand warmers.
Check out my Facebook page for the finished results. I’ll have them done in time for Valentine’s Day. (I thought I’d make them heart-shaped and give them as gifts to the kiddies.) I’m also doing a giveaway on my Facebook page once I hit 30 likes, (as I’m typing this, I’m currently at 29 likes) so like my page while you’re at it and you just might win!
What is your best remedy for an aching back?
Have you made any refashions from denim? What did you make?
I hope you enjoyed today’s refashion!
Thanks for stopping by! Oh, by the way…I’m having fun as @TheMadMama on Twitter. I’d love to connect with you there : )
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21 thoughts on “Oh My Aching Back: Heating Pad Denim Refashion”
This looks awesome. I could definitely use one of these right now. I was thinking about making one of these the other day. Any ideas on other fabrics that could be used? Also, love that denim quilt!
Thank you for your lovely comments! That was the 2nd quilt I’ve ever made! The first one was also a denim quilt I made the year before for my dad.
My cousin made a heating pad like this with rice but just used a cute cotton printed fabric.
I’d love to see what you come up with when you’re done! 🙂
What kind of rice is best? Think I might try this. Thanks for sharing!
I just bought the cheapest rice I could find (since I wasn’t planning on eating it). I’m not sure if one kind is better than another. 🙂 Thanks for your comment.
Wow, thanks for such a quick response. I was wondering if it made a difference as to whether any white rice or long grain rice?
I just googled it and found a similar tutorial (via Martha Stewart). It doesn’t matter what kind of rice you use, and I found out you can even use dry beans, buckwheat, or cherry pits! Also, adding a little essential oil would smell great. Wish I had thought of that prior to stitching it all up! 😉
For a back ache, I like a long, hot bath with epsom salts. A long, hot bath is my answer for pretty much everything.
Amen sister! I couldn’t agree more! I take several long hot baths a week! I go through a lot of bubble bath! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by! 😉
That is a great upcycle project. I love your blog, it has many fabulous ideas. Thanks.
Wow! Thanks for the sweet comment! And thanks for checking out my blog!
I’m loving yours as well! Happy Valentine’s day!
I’ll have to look for that book. Old jeans accumulate so crazy fast! I’m thinking some hand warmers for biking in the snow.
I never thought about using denim for hand warmers. Maybe lined with fleece? That would look really cool. 😉 Thanks for the comment!
Sewing compartments makes the heat pack so much more user friendly. A great way to reuse pre-loved jeans.
Thank you Pam. I have tons of jeans and jean scraps, so I’m always looking for ideas on how to re-purpose them. Thanks for checking out my blog!
I love the denim quilt as well!! What a great idea. I never know what to do with my jeans that “shrink in the closet”, wink! I want to try this….
You should! It was very easy, and I don’t feel so bad now when the kids grow out of their jeans or mine “shrink”. 😉
Thanks for your comment!
Excellent use of unwanted fabric! I also love your quilt
Thanks Erica! 🙂
My back says a big THANK YOU!!! just made one. Great tutorial.
Yay! Thanks so much for your nice words! I’m glad your back is feeling better! 🙂
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