I inspired to do this after a friend recommended a microwaveable cuddly teddy but instead of buying one, I thought of making one instead. I used the same method of a DIY heat pack and created ‘Bella’, my daughter’s nighttime hugging buddy!
What you’ll need:
– Natural fabric. I used flax linen as it is soft and durable.
– a Sharpie pen.
– Flax seed, rice grains and any other type of grains (you can use barley, chickpea or even lentils). To make it smell better, you can use chamomile flowers, lavender or even a few drops of essential oils.
– a sewing machine.
– some embroidery thread and needle.
- Gather all your items.
- Fold your fabric and outline your desired drawing. I drew mine freehand but you could use some tracing paper and use this template
- Start sewing around the outline leaving a small opening. Cut the fabric around the outline, leaving a gap of half an inch.
- Using some embroidery thread, hand-sew the eyes and mouth.
- In a bowl, mix your dry ingredients and add essential oils, flowers or herbs. Using a funnel or spoon, start filling the teddy until it is plump but not overflowing.
- Seal the teddy by sewing the opening.
- To cover the Sharpie pen marks, I used a bright embroidery thread and hand-stitched the outline again. This also added extra security around the seams and protects the teddy from leaking in the future.
- You’re teddy is all ready for warm hugs!
- To use it, just put you pack (teddy bear) it in the microwave for 1 minute or in the oven at 180C for 10 minutes. For cold compress, place in the freezer for 1 hour.
- Spot clean with wet cloth when required.
- Keep the teddy in a cool, dry area and avoid areas with excessive moisture.