Having chronic illness normally involves pain; having Fibromyalgia has forced me to rely, almost solely at time, on heat as the only way to get even a pinch of relief. The commercial cover sold with the pad was too itchy and irritating on sensitive fibro flare skin. My fix was a quilted cover that is both cute and comfy! Beginners, don’t worry. This is a super simple project that can be sewn in five easy steps!
A quick word about fabric: always wash your chosen material before cutting. Different fabrics can shrink or bleed if not washed properly. I’d recommend cotton; I used a pair of old pajama pants in mine, as well as well worn fabric scraps.
Okay, now let’s jump in!
First: My husband’s grandmother always said, “measure twice, cut once.” Taking proper measurements is key. You’ll need to know the width and height of your pad. Out of your fabric, you’ll cut the same height (adding an extra couple of inches at the top and bottom for “oops” moments) and twice the length. If your heat pad is 12×15, for example, you’d measure and cut 24×15 out of your fabric. For my cover, I cut my fabrics into squares; whether you join several squares or use on solid piece of fabric does not change how the cover is assembled.
Second: Your fabric has a right and a wrong side. The right side is the side you want to be seen on the outside. Fold your fabric in half as shown with the right sides facing each other. You’ll be sewing your cover inside out, which keeps the seams protected on the inside. Normally, I pin the sides before sewing.
Third: Sew the sides! You’ll now essentially have a tube.
Fourth: Choose which end you want as the top and bottom. Pin the bottom of the tube closed and sew it closed.
Fifth: Turn your cover right side out, and throw it on your heating pad! See, easy peasy! Pat yourself on the back, spoonie! You just created something that will actually help you!
Add personality to your cover by adding layers (like quilt batting!) that will make your heat pad a little softer. I also took the time to quilt my final square; this secures the batting I have in the cover, and also ups the cute factor in my opinion.
If all else fails and your cover does not turn out like you hope, I am always willing to help or answer questions!
Wishing you all an unlimited supply of spoons!