How to Make Flaxseed Hot Packs

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Use flax seed to fill a hot pack.
Use flax seed to fill a hot pack. (Image: flax seed image by Soja Andrzej from Fotolia.com)

Smooth, tiny flax seeds make a comfortable filling for soothing hot packs to ease the ache of sore muscles or provide extra heat during cold days or nights. Use a soft material such as flannel for the exterior of the pack and heat the finished pack in the microwave. The flax seeds effectively hold the heat and can be reheated many times. Any flax seeds will work for these hot packs. You can make the packs different sizes: a large pack for your back or a long, tubular pack to drape around your shoulders.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton flannel fabric, 1/4 yard
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Flax seeds, 6 cups (about 2 pounds)

Fold the fabric in half, right sides together. This will result in a pack that measures roughly 9 inches by 18 inches. If you want a narrower pack or one of a different shape, cut the fabric accordingly.

Sew a 1/4 inch seam around two of the three unsewn sides of the pack. Leave one short side open.

Turn the pack right side out. Pour the flax seeds into the pack. Fill the pack to within 1 inch of the top.

Turn under the raw edges of the open end. Stitch the end closed. Use tiny stitches close together to seal the end tight.

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