A neck warmer pillow, also known as a heat pack, can easily be made at home using common items. Heat therapy is the practice of applying heat to the body to relieve pain, decrease joint and muscle stiffness and reduce inflammation. A neck warmer pillow is an effective way to quickly dissolve the tension of a sore neck or headache at the end of a long day.
- Fabric of choice
- Measuring tape
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Uncooked rice, barley, dried beans, seed corn, flax seed or cherry pits
- Microwave oven
Measure and cut the fabric you have chosen into two rectangles, each approximately 12 inches by 6 inches. Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together and pin to secure.
Sew the two pieces of fabric together using a sewing machine. Completely stitch along both long sides and one of the short ends of the fabric. Stitch the remaining short end of the fabric, leaving an opening of approximately 3 inches wide, to complete the fabric sack.
Turn the stitched fabric sack right side out and press the seams flat with an iron.
Fill the fabric sack approximately three-fourths full with your choice of uncooked rice, barley, dried beans, seed corn, flax seed or cherry pits.
Stitch the open end closed.
Microwave the completed neck warmer pillow on high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove it from the microwave and shake it gently to evenly distribute the heat. If more heat is desired, return it to the microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
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