Now that the rush of the holiday season is behind us, I say it’s fine time to start focusing on other important things like relaxation and our own wellness =) I know that I’m a big hypocrite when it comes to this because I’m always running around trying to cram 17,000 things into one day (as I’m sure many of you do as well)! At any rate, every now and then I try to squeeze in a little R&R…I was in this frame of mind the other day when I decided to create today’s adorable DIY =) I’ve seen a few DIY heat packs around the web and I’ve always thought they’d be fun to make, so I went ahead and made my own the other day! I sewed my heat pack into an owl shape then filled it with flax seed and lavender, I absolutely love the end result… and it forced me to relax on the sofa with it for a bit
DIY FLAX + LAVENDER OWL HEAT PACK
Two pieces of fabric, approx 9″ H x 8″ W
Two small pieces of scrap fabric (for eyes)
One small piece of orange fabric (for beak)
1/4 cup dried lavender buds
1/2 cup flax seed
3/4 cup rice
Cut your owl shapes out of fabric. Start with the owls head, cutting an oval shape with ears (remember you need a back and front, so cut two pieces of fabric on top of one another). The size of my body was approx. 9″ L x 8″ W. Next, it’s time to cut they eyes. Cut two circles approx. 3″ in diameter, using a solid colored fabric. Then two more circles approx. 2″ in diameter, using a coordinating print. Finally, cut two more circles approx. 1″ in diameter in the same solid fabric you used for the large circles. Last, cut out an orange triangle for the beak.
It’s time to make the owls eyes. Begin by sewing the medium sized circles onto the middle of the large circles. Next, sew the small circles onto the bottom of the medium circles….
Now it’s time to attach the owl’s eyes and beak to his face! Use a sewing machine or needle and thread to attach the eyes and beak to the owl’s face.
Next, sew the front and back of your owl’s head together using a sewing machine or needle and thread. Make sure to leave a small open space (about 2″) on one side so that you can fill your owl heat pack with the flax, lavender and rice.
Now it’s time to fill up your owl heat pack with flax, lavender and rice! I chose to fill a separate pouch then insert that into the owl. You can simply pour the flax, lavender and rice directly into the owl or fill a separate pouch and insert that if your heat pack fabric is thinner. I made my pouch by sewing two squares of fabric together, simple! Once you’ve filled your owl with the materials, simply sew him closed!
Your handmade owl heat pack is now complete! Throw him into the microwave for 30 seconds to warm him up, then use him to relieve sore muscles or simply snuggle with!
Now you just have to remember to make some time for a little rest & relaxation!