Turning Up the Style!
A heating pad is underrated in its ability to relieve pain. Amazing thing! It's my go-to remedy for pain, strains, and aches, and we shared a hand-me-down here for many years before it recently bit the dust. I bought the family a new one, but it had a polyester cover on it which I couldn't bear to touch. (You know what I mean if those bother you, too.) I was tired of using a vinyl heating pad. I knew I could make a better one, and pretty it up to boot!
These prints had been pulled and reshelved numerous times. I only had a half yard each, and this was the perfect project to put them to use. I paired them up with some Kona solids pulled out of a fat quarter bundle.
In my typical method, I started by cutting strips. I laid them together to create a slab for the front, and another for the back. I checked the fit as I went by sizing it up with the heating pad. I sewed them together as one length, and matched it with batting and backing.
A few minutes on the longarm, and it was finished with curliques. I trimmed it up, and with right sides together serged the side seams.
Just as one would bind a quilt, I bound the top edge.
Last of all, 2 pieces of 3M One tape completed the closure. If you've never tried this tape, you're missing out. No sticky backing to mess up your needle, and no hooks to snag later on. I buy it at my local JoAnn's.
It's fun to find ways to add personal touches to our home. It's a bonus when it's a necessity. This one is checked off my list, and actually pressed into service at the moment. What a difference a sweet cover makes, and lifts the mood as well!
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's have a rest now.