One of our sewing group members is required to have some surgery at the end of this month. It's not a nice one (are any operations?) but I'm guessing it's a necessary evil in this case.
I've done a bit of research on what helps with recovery of.said.surgery and it turns out that a small amount of heat applied to the incision wound will help ease the pain in the localised area ... two heat bags coming right up!
There are plenty of ways to skin this cat (eeeww!). I chose the option of having the outside cover removable, much like an envelope close cushion, so that it can be washed. Hygiene is important, especially when you're on the mend :)
So here's a quickie on how I did it:
I used some natural cotton calico (the clothes pattern drafting kind) for the inner bag and picked up two fat quarters from my local quilt shop. The orange had no selvage on it, but the blue one did ..
I cut the following for 1 heat bag:
2 @ 12" x 6"
2 @ 6" x 4"
2 @ 8" x 6"
1 @ 6" x 4"
|To avoid confusion: there are two calico pieces there (one under the other)|
I then ironed it flat and top stitched all the way around (not the opening) to give the bag a bit more strength.
Time to fill!
I used about a pint of uncooked rice (some people use wheat)
and I found that a funnel made out of baking paper and a 'little helper' made the job of filling the bag a lot easier!
|Thank you Miss 3 xx|
It was time to sew the opening closed. I went over the opening twice so make sure it was nice and strong.
Time for the pretty covers!
To make these I sewed:
One orange 6" x 4" piece to one blue 8" x 6" piece to make the front.
The other orange 6" x 4" to the blue 6" x 4" piece to make half of the envelope back
|Two sets shown here|
I finished off the back pieces of the envelope back by folding the edge back 1/4" twice then top stitching.
|Piece on right is the 6" x 8" piece used as the other half of the back envelope close|
|I've misaligned the fabric top and bottom so you can see the fabric placement better|
|Again, I've misaligned the fabric top and bottom so you can see the fabric placement better|
Fill with the calico bag
and we're done!
I truly hope that these little hugs serve their purpose and help make her post-op recovery just a little bit more comfortable.
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