Handmade Wheat Heat Bags

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Handmade Wheat Heat Bags: an activity for children of all ages. Wheat bags are great to have around for a variety of reasons: they keep you warm on cold winter nights and they help to ease aches and pains. In this activity, children will learn how to make a wheat heat bag. If you haven’t sewn before but you would like to sew your heat bag, I encourage you to watch the following video before you begin.

  • Supplies:
    • cotton fabric or a mate-less sock and a fuzzy soft sock
    • wheat
    • bowl
    • utensil for pouring
    • funnel
    • scissors
    • tape measure
    • chalk
    • paintbrush or long pencil
    • sewing machine and thread OR needle and thread (if you would prefer to sew by hand)
    • two elastic hairbands or rubberbands
  • Prewash your fabric.
  • Measure and cut one piece of fabric and fold in half (right sides of the fabric together) to create the desired heat bag size. Be sure to cut enough fabric to allow for a 1/2 inch seam allowance. If you are using the sock, disregard this and the following three steps.
  • Sew the other three edges together, stitching backwards and forwards when you begin to sew and when you end to prevent it from unraveling. Make sure to leave about a one inch gap on one end so you can turn it right side out and fill with wheat. Sew it again outside of your first stitch one more time to help prevent the weight of the wheat from pushing through your seam. Again, if you are using a sock, disregard this step.
  • Trim your thread and cut a triangle off the corners to help finish the edges.
  • Turn your fabric completely right side out using a paintbrush or long pencil to help push it through.
  • Using the funnel, gently fill your bag or sock with desired amount of wheat.
  • Sew the fill hole by hand or with the sewing machine, making sure to again stitch backwards and forwards to make the bag secure. If using a sock, put a tight knot in the open end of the sock and then secure it even further by twisting two hairbands/rubberbands under the knot. Trim the knotted end of the sock and cover with a softer, more comfy sock.
  • Decorate the outside of the bag as desired!
  • Put it in the microwave for 30 second intervals until you reach your desired heat.
  • Use it for yourself or give it away as a gift!
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.