You can fill the pad with dry rice, corn, bird seed, or a combination of all of these.
Add spices, herbs and/or essential oils - when heated the pad will smell wonderful. A combination of allspice, ground cloves, ginger and nutmeg makes a nice Christmas smell.
The combination of herbs below are purported to soothe a headache:
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Add a few drops of essential oil if desired. Cover and leave for a day or two, stirring occasionally to distribute the herbs.
Quicky pads can be made by using an old tube sock and sewing up the ends.
An old towel or washcloth
Flannel (cut up an old flannel shirt or nightgown if you have one)
Simply cut the material into retangle pieces, 2-3 times longer than the width. Fold lengthwise and sew up the sides. Spoon in the mixture and sew the top end closed.
If you'll be giving these as gifts, you might want to go one extra step and make an outer pouch that's pretty, and washable. An outer pouch also helps protect the skin from excess heat or cold. Follow the same basic instructions as above, but make the outer pouch just a little larger than the inner. On one end you might want to include a strip of velcro to close the pouch and hold the inner pad in place.
Added embellishments might include a loop of material or ribbon on both ends to use as a handle, a strip of satin ribbon folded over the edges for trim, or a embroidered design. Just remember, whatever decoration you use should be soft, not scratchy or hard.
Simply pop the pad in the microwave and nuke for 2-3 minutes (time will vary depending on the size of your pad). To use as a cooling pad, place in the refrigerator or freezer.
And something important: to avoid that it turns inFIRE
, you can put a cup of water at the same time in the microwave while warming it up, or you can also spray it a bit with water before you put it in the microwave...