Thursday, February 17, 2011

Heating Pad Cover

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, my heating pad. I tend to be cold a lot, here in the Pacific Northwest.photo courtesy of Sunbeam

Often you will find me;
wearing a hoody and fingerless gloves, warming my hands over the toaster, putting the blow dryer on high and in my shirt, standing over the furnace vents with a blanket wrapped around me, sleeping with a heated mattress pad, and... watching t.v. or taking naps with the heating pad.

But... the heating pad was ugly.
Ugly Heating Pad

Until I did this!
Heating Pad Cover

I used the Hexagon die with the AccuQuilt Go! Baby cutter and Karen's tutorial over at Sew Many Ways.


I used a Charm pack I had in my stash. The 5" squares fit perfectly for the largest hexagon on the large die with three sizes...
Charm Square on Go! Baby

I used Karen's tutorial and nifty template to cut the hexies in half and snip the corners to get them ready to sew... Way fab!
Half Hexies ready to sew

Here they are sewn into rows...
Half Hexies in a Row


The heating pad is always draped over the back of the couch. Now, it looks purty.

Heating Pad Cover

I had so much fun making these large half hexies, I've started making plans for a quilt!

37 comments:

Suzan said...

I see you are using your favorite "chair in the window" photography prop. (You have no idea how helpful that idea was to me!)

Such a great idea to cover the heating pad. Mine looks horrible. Wonder if I can whip something up during the FNSI?!

sangeeta said...

Wonderful !!!
I am getting inspired..

Thearica said...

This is a neat idea!

But I have never seen anyone cut those pieces in half before. Does it make it easier to piece them together? I have never sewn a GFG so I have no idea.

Cheri said...

Very clever and very pretty...my plain old flannel cover needs tossed.

Linda said...

What a great idea! My heating pad comes with a plaid flannel cover and is looking very 'old'. Might have to give her a new look!

Angie said...

Too cute! I am cold all. the. time! But my hubby is always hot so the only time I can get a heating pad anywhere near the bed is when I am cramping and therefore cranky and he knows better than to argue with me. Maybe I will find a way to make mine not so ugly too. ;)

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

So pretty and festive. Warms me up just looking at it on this snowy morning!

Thimbleanna said...

Very, Very CUTE Jod!

Janet said...

I love that. I wish I had one for my heating pad. I too wear fingerless gloves and it helps out my RA, so does the heating pad. You should think about selling some. I would love one for my pad. :)

Nedra said...

REALLY cute Jodi. Now you can stay warm in style.

VickiT said...

LOVE IT! I've been intrigued with hexies since I first started seeing them. I've never made any but don't have a cutter either and did buy templates to try doing them by hand.

Great job and wonderful tute. Thank you so much Jodi.

Mamacessories said...

I love this! I have severe back problems and I hate the way the heating pad looks on my chair - when I saw this I started mentally pciking my fabrics to make my own! Thank you.
Maria

Dawn said...

What a pretty, snuggly-looking heating pad! I totally forgot that I have one stashed in my closet. I'd totally use it all the time if I had a pretty cover like this, it's been so chilly and damp here in the PNW!!

Angie said...

I got the Go! Baby and the hexie die for Christmas, and now I have a project to use them on...LOL! Thanks!!

Lori Holt said...

Way cute Jodi!
Now...I wanna see the quilt:)
xx
lori

Stacey said...

So Cute! I am using my heating pad everyday too this winter. Mine looks just yours. My computer/chair is by some windows and it always so cold. It just breaks up the heat a bit all the while making me feel nice and cozy. Thanks for the inspiration.

Stacey

rachel griffith said...

*gasp*
brillant.

PamKittyMorning said...

Super cute. I have a heating pad out as well, I better get going on this.

Brenda Kula said...

Now that's just as cute as can be, Jodi! Really dresses that thing up.
Brenda

Cynthia said...

Very clever and so cute!

Becky said...

You be cold cause you have zero body fat! Skinny people are always cold. I will never be cold ;)

Love the heating pad cover! I need to do the same.

Sew Many Ways... said...

Hey Sis...another "I can't believe it" moment! I am sitting on the couch reading your blog with a heating pad on my stomach. I still think we were separated at birth! Thanks for the shout out. I am so making a new cover for mine. Thanks for the inspiration.
Hugs,
~Karen~

Cheryl said...

So cute!!

Busy As Can Be said...

That is so darn cute! I want one too!

I am Just One Mom said...

just made my first half hexi quilt into a housewarming placemat set. so much more do-able than full hexagons.

Jenniffier said...

I had to cover mine too. A little over a year ago I had kidney stones and had to become really good friends with my heating pad. So I made it a minky cover :) I like your cover too. Very cute!

Karen said...

You make me laugh & no longer feel like I am the wierd one. My husband grew tired of my going thru so many heating pads & all of the extension cords. One christmas my dear husband found a lap blanket that was heated. I am on my second blanket. Years ago while at my yearly doctor visit my md said I have noticably low blood pressure and that should begin to bother me as I grow older. THis year I will be 50 and have noticed that I wear long jons more often. And I recommd the purchase of wigwam wool sox. Soft & comfy. THey keep your feet comfortablly warm & therefore less heat loss.
Wishing you more warm days & nights.
From the California coast....K

Adrienne said...

Great idea! I love the way your heating pad works. Since I'm not far from you - and often cold - it's time to replace my heating pad and make a new 'pretty' for it! Thanks for the inspiration.
~Adrienne~

Howard Douglas said...

fabulous stuff.
I would love reading more of yuor blogs.

StrawberryBlond said...

I cannot believe I didn't think of this before. The cover to our ancient heating pad is an eyesore and makes me cringe when I use it. I love your new cover, THANK YOU for inspiring me!

drquilter said...

How clever - and what a great way to use up some of those charm squares! Hope you stay warm!

nanasknoll said...

I love this. I have made covers for my heat pad, but need to make a new one and I have lots of scrapts.
Just love it.

...I'm Nora..... said...

I have been led to you by http://mrsssewandsow.blogspot.com/ ...I wish she wouldn't lead me astray...as I keep seeing sooooo many things I LOVE!

I am into crochet NOT patchwork, BUT, I just have to try my hand at one of these IT IS DELICIOUS...thanks for the inspiration! x

Pattie said...

On the heating pad cover, did you use only 100% cotton fabric & 100% cotton thread?

Pattie said...

Heating Pad Cover-Did you use 100% cotton fabric and thread? Thanks Pattie

Tersino said...

The heating pad cover is genius!

Unknown said...

This is so genius! Its a little hard to tell from the pictures but did you use batting and line it like a quilt? I can't wait to make one for my heating pad! Thanks for the inspiration!

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