Cherry pits will hold in the heat and give back their comfort to achy necks, cold feet, cramping tummies, and cold, shiver-y shoulders. This is the perfect craft idea to try this season, getting ready for next winter! Enjoy lots of cherries this season and save the pits for this cool project!

Materials for a heating pad

  • 4 cups of cherry pits or flax seeds (Cherrystones must be thoroughly cleaned and dried before they can be sewn into pillows)
  • 10″x 20″ (25 cm x 50 cm) 100% cotton fabric
  • Matching thread

Instructions

Prepare the pits: 

  1. First, place the pits in a large pan or in the kitchen sink and cover completely with cold water. Then rub and squeeze the stones together to loosen any remaining pulp. When that’s done, rinse and repeat the process several times.
  2. Once the cherry pits look clean, simmer them in a pot of water — stirring occasionally — for about 15 minutes. Then dump the cooked stones into a sink full of cold water and rub them again. Rinse the cherry pits a few more times (it’s absolutely essential to remove all the pulp) before draining and placing them on clean dish towels to dry. You can finish the dehydration process by spreading the pits in one layer across a shallow pan and baking them in a warm oven.
  3. Stir them now and then so they’ll dry thoroughly. The pits will be evenly coloured when “done” and can then be stored indefinitely in jars, plastic bags or paper sacks until you’re ready to make your bed warmers.

Stitch the fabric into a bag:

  1. Fold the cloth in half lengthwise, right sides together. Stitch across the bottom and along the long side. Leave the short side open. Reinforce the seam with a zigzag or overlock stitch over the raw edge. Turn the bag right side out. Press the seams.
  2. Make three channels in the bag by stitching, a straight stitch, 3 cm from each side of the bag, leaving the last 2.5 cm at the top of the bag free of stitching. You’ll make two lines of stitches for three channels in the bag. Fill the bag with clean, dry, cherry pits.
  3. Add three cotton balls, with 5 drops of lavender essential oil to each cotton ball. Stuff the cotton ball into the centre of each channel while filling with cherry pits or flax seed. (Don’t use polyester balls – only cotton, silk, or natural wool balls. Wool batting will also work.)
  4. Fold over the top of the bag all the way around. Stitch along the open seam using a whip stitch to seal the bag.

How to use the bag:

  1. Place the heating pad in a plastic microwavable bag. Microwave the bag on high for 60 to 90 seconds, depending on the power of your microwave.
  2. Remove from the heat source and place the bag across your shoulders or on your sore neck. It will warm your muscles and soothe. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the cloth after microwaving or heating. It will release its lavender goodness and help you relax.