DIY Heating Pad Cover- Cover the Ugly Easily!

DIY heating pad cover

DIY Cover for heating pad from Once Upon a Sewing Machine

I carry all my stress in my back, and for some reason over the winter the knots and aches tend to multiply. I frequently have a heating pad out, and they are ugly, really ugly. Even if you have a cover chances are that is also really ugly. So I decided to cover my mine.

You may have to adjust this depending on the size of your heating pad and the way your cord is connected.

You will need:

Exterior fabric 37″ W x 16 H

Lining fabric 37″ W x 16 H

Ribbon or fabric for the ties, mine are 15″ long

Optional velcro

*My heating pad measures: 16″ W x 12″ H

DIY heating pad cover by OUSMI’m using an old skirt for my exterior fabric and flannel for my interior. Cut your fabric to the dimension above. If your heating pad is a different size, follow this general guide. Width: Width of heating pad x 2 + the length of your flap. Height: Height of your heating pad + (seam allowance x 2).

The first step is going to be to make an opening for my cord to go through. You can see in my picture above I’m accounting for both the cord and kind of a large controller.

DIY heating pad from OUSM1. Lay your fabric right sides together. Measure 16″ from one end make a mark. Create a U like above. I made mine 3″ long by 1/2″ wide.

It doesn’t have to be super exact, I just free sewed mine.

DIY heating pad from OUSM2. Cut open your U as pictured above, just be careful not to cut into your stitching.

DIY heating pad from OUSM3. Place your ties/ribbon. Put the majority of your length facing in. I overhung the edge a little just so I knew my ties would be securely in the seam allowances. (I’m upcycling don’t let the hem on the flower fabric throw you- you won’t have one) 

DIY heating pad from OUSMHere are both of my ribbons securely tucked in places. Pin them down for the next step to make sure they don’t run away on you! You’ll also want to be careful not to accidentally sew your ties into the seams anywhere else.

sew4. Ok we are going to pretend this is the best diagram ever… Now you can do the first step and this second step all in one swoop, but it was easier for me to sew them separately.

The green is the sewing we did above. Now you are going to sew the red line in.

Essentially you want to sew all the way around the rectangle leaving on open space to turn your pocket. I used 1/2″ seam allowance.

DIY Heating Pad cover

5. Clip your corners, avoid your stitching line, and turn.

DIY heating pad cover

6. Take your turned cover and iron it. Make sure your edges are nice and crisp and the portion you left open is pressed under.

DIY heating pad cover

7. Fold over piece creating your pocket. The cord opening should be your bottom edge. Top stitch. I used a zig zag, you could use another decorative stitch or just straight stitch.  You want your stitching to be as close to the edge as you can get it. Don’t sew along the bottom (where there are no arrows)

DIY heating pad coverYou’ll close your open edge while creating your pocket.

DIY heating pad coverSlide in your heating pad. All your seams and raw edges are contained.

DIY heating pad coverUse your ties to contain your crazy cords. This is your back. I didn’t add velcro to my flap, I find flannel does a nice job of grabbing, but you can easily add velcro to your flap closure.

DIY heating pad coverYou’re all set. Go sew a cover to match your throw pillows!

What ugly utilitarian thing is on your list to pretty up?

Happy Sewing,


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  • Amy mayen November 17, 2013, 10:52 pm

    True story- I just bought a heating pad today! I haven’t even opened it yet. But I already know it’s inferior; until I cover it with pretty fabric. Thanks for the new complex!! Just kidding- I love this idea though. I will definitely do mine!!
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  • Teresa November 18, 2013, 5:55 am

    So very smart! Love it 🙂
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  • Heather Feather November 20, 2013, 7:54 pm

    I definitely need to make one of these! Ours is so ugly! Maybe I’ll get to it someday!
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  • Farber @ Heating Pads August 26, 2016, 10:04 am

    Wonderful tutorial! I made two of these today, thank you gifts my sons pre-school teachers.. I am also considering making some of the other goodies you make for the wellness gifts , thanks so much
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