Posted by: JoAnna | November 24, 2012

Buckwheat Neck Warming Pillows


I’ve been using a similar neck heat pad that I bought at the store.  They’re great because they’re easy to use (just microwave for 30-60 seconds), reusable, and smell nice.

When a friend of mine mentioned that she was creating homemade buckwheat versions as Christmas presents, I offered to help.  We made the pillow itself out of cotton (from the quilting section) and a removable cover out of flannel for easy cleaning.  We microwaved the bag for one minute to heat it up.

Materials Used

  • Buckwheat (2lbs makes about 4 pillows)
  • Cotton fabric
  • Flannel or fleece fabric (if you want to make a cover)

Making the Inside 
Cut a piece 19″ x 6″ with the long side on the fold, so you end up with a piece that’s 19″x12″ folded in half (note that next time, I would add 2″ to the length).  Sew two sides (one short side and the other long side that isn’t folded).


We wanted to sew the buckwheat into three sections, so that it wouldn’t bunch all at the bottom.  So we put approx. 4 cups (3 oz. bathroom cups) of buckwheat per section, which was about 6.1″ each, which we marked with chalk.  We put the 4 cups of buckwheat in, sewed a section, put 4 cups of buckwheat in, and sewed a section, etc.  Then when we got to the top, we folded in the top and sewed.


Making the Cover 
When cutting the cover fabric, you need to separate pieces.  Measure your finished inside and add 1.5″ to the width (1″ for a seam allowance on both sides and 1/2″ to accomodate the buckwheat) and 4.5″ to the length (1″ for the seam allowance, 1/2″ to finish one side of the fabric, and 3″ for the flap)… so in our case that was 22.5″ x 6.5″.

Finish one end (for the flap).  With the right sides together, line up the two pieces, and put it next to the finished inside.  Leave 1/2″ at the bottom (for the seam) and 1/2″ at the top.  Fold the ends in… the top one towards the wrong side of the fabric and the bottom piece towards the right side of the fabric… so each flap is facing up, one on top of the other.



Changes for Next Time
Would make it longer and the cover a little wider to make it easier to get the cover on.

Project Stats
Pattern: Improvised version of a neck warmer I already owned
Time: 1 hour??
Fabric: Cotton (for the pillow itself), flannel (for the cover)
Notions: Thread
Other Supplies:





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    to be really something which I feel I’d never understand.

    It kind of feels too complicated and vvery large for me.
    I’m having a look forward to your subsequent putt
    up, I’ll try to get the grasp of it!

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