Sew these thermal packs to treat boo-boos for children. These packs can be used frozen or warm.
Sewn by Hand (Lark Crafts, 2011) by Susan Wasinger collection allows stitchers to be eco-friendly and mobile. With 20 items ranging from fashionable pillows and patched jeans to useful pincushions, sewers will produce gorgeous results even as they experience the simple joys of traditional stitching. This project can be used frozen or warm to treat aches, owies, and more.
Life is full of hard knocks, but these adorable thermal packs are made to soothe. Sized to fit the biggest bumps right down to the smallest scuff, they are the perfect gift for kids – both young and old.
These little hot/cold packs can be thrown into the freezer for an hour or two to become a soothing alternative to the traditional hard, plastic-y ice pack. They can also be heated up in the microwave to loosen tight muscles or slowly warm chilly fingers in the winter. Though the pieces are small and easy-to-sew on the go, filling the thermal pack with rice is best done at home.
For The Fronts: linen, medium-weight cotton in tiny, kid-friendly prints
For The Backing: linen, brushed cotton, flannel in stripes or solid
Size: Makes three bags: 4 1/4 x 9 inches, 3 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches, 3 x 4 1/4 inches
For aches and sprains, cool is the way to go. The cooling effect of these packs is a bit gentler than an awkward bag filled with ice, and feels nicer next to the skin. They’ll need about 4 hours in the freezer to get cold. The littlest one is great for cooling down the sting of mosquito bites.
For cramps, earaches, or chill blains, heat is the best medicine. Just place the packs on a plate or towel in the microwave and heat for a few seconds. Since microwaves vary in power, start with increments of 10 seconds and keep checking until the pack is comfortably toasty.
Reprinted with Permission from Sewn by Hand by Susan Wasinger and Published by Lark Crafts.
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