Easy, Inexpensive, Homemade Heating Pad

Homemade Heating Pad
Homemade Heating Pad

This year for Christmas my friend Deb made a gift basket containing {among other things} homemade heating pads for me, my husband and each of my kids.  These heating pads are absolutely wonderful.  They conform to any area you need to place them and are easy to make.

Materials needed:

  1. Long white tube socks
  2. Lentils, uncooked rice, buckwheat or tapioca pearls {this is your filler}
  3. Essential oil-the scent of your choice-such as lavender
  • Place your filler in a large bowl and toss with the oil.
  • Scoop the filler into your sock and tie off the end.

When you need your homemade heating pad place it in the microwave and heat on high.  The amount of time will vary according to your microwave but mine is perfect after 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

If you need to wash your heating pad empty the contents, toss your sock in with the laundry and reuse.  I pulled a muscle in my back a few weeks ago and anytime the pain becomes annoying I heat up my pad and place it on my back and it works wonders.

soothing, heating pad hugs, mb.


Martha Stewart has a fancier version {of course!} of a homemade heating pad.  I prefer mine because it is cheap inexpensive and easy to make.  No needle, thread or special fabric needed and you can make these for every member of your family in less than 5 minutes each.

Martha's Heating Pad

Martha's Heating Pad

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  1. Great share!
    Here’s a tip for you too…
    boo-boos sometimes require cold packs….make smaller versions (maybe use kids tube socks) and put a couple in the freezer.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs…Anita, a Knitting Junkie!

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  2. This is great! I have a store bought version of one that someone gave me, but this is much better because you’re able to take the filler out to wash it. They are the best! My back is aching so much tonight, so thanks for the reminder! I’m getting ready to watch the season premiere of 24, so I think I’ll heat it up to use when I plop down on the couch :)

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  3. I LOVED your idea for the create ur own heating pad! I can’t wait to try it!
    Another great tip from MB!

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  4. Teresa Hall says:

    I have used a heating pad like this for years and it is truly wonderful! Didn’t think of the ease of a tube sock though. Mine was made from a hand towel, so required the sewing. This is much better!

    Great tip!

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  5. How cute! what a fun idea!!

  6. I did something similar to this last Christmas and it was a hit. I actually sewed together the heating wraps, which took forever. They were pretty but man, tube socks would have been much easier!

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  7. and I think in Martha’s version you are supposed to grow your own buckwheat too :) Great idea!

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  8. I made a travel pillow out of these ingredients, the kind that is like a horseshoe around your neck. Its a lot more comfortable than the blow up kind.

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  9. What a great idea! I never thought of using tube socks as a makeshift heating pad. Thanks! ~Arleen

  10. So cool! My mom has made some simple ones too. She just did a bigger beanbag and used flannel… they are great! I keep one in the freezer too as a boo-boo soother!

  11. Wonderful tip!!! I was just thinking about buying a new heating pad the other day because the one I have is so old. This will be perfect and have an added bonus of scents.



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  12. I know this is an older entry but I just wanted to thank you for making my night much more pleasant. I was having awful back cramps and knew there was a way to make a heating pad but wasn’t exactly sure how or what to use so thank you!! :)
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