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
*My heating pad measures: 16″ W x 12″ H
I’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.
It doesn’t have to be super exact, I just free sewed mine.
3. 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)
Here 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.
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.
5. Clip your corners, avoid your stitching line, and turn.
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.
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)
What ugly utilitarian thing is on your list to pretty up?
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