Finished Project Week #4
Make Something for the Man (and for me as well).
It was a hit and has been used several time this week already, it even helped when he slipped on the ice and hurt his back on Friday. Ouch!
Like I said, I could have been done early but no, I decided that I would test out a pile of fabrics:
and test out several different fillers
to see what worked best.
All of the fabrics (cotton, silky polyester, flannel, minky) did fine in the microwave. I was worried about the minky, but it had no problems.
Here is how I tested the filler: I made 6 inch square bags with different types of filler that I had read about other people using. (I only used one layer of muslin for the test bags, but I really recommend using a thicker fabric or two layers of a thin fabric to prevent burning your skin.)
I put them all in the freezer over night and rated how well they stayed cold (good, better, best). I then put them in the microwave for one minute one at a time and timed how long before they cooled down.
Here are the results:
Rice: Best at cold . Stayed hot for 20+ minutes
Barley: Best at cold. Stayed hot for 25+ minutes
Lentils: Better at cold. Stayed hot for 20+ minutes
Wheat: Better at cold. Stayed hot for 25+ minutes
Flax Seeds: Better at cold. Stayed hot for 15+ minutes
Dried Peas: Better at cold. Stayed hot for 25+ minutes
Dried Corn: Good at cold. Stayed hot for 30+ minutes
Polenta (ground): Good at cold. Stayed hot for 20+ minutes
Buckwheat: Good at cold. Stayed hot for 15+ minutes
Yes, I am a little crazy, I know. But now you don't have to do this!
Armed with this knowledge I decided to make a therapy bag for myself. It is made with minky and flannel fabric and filled with wheat and dried lavender, I also added some lavender oil. (Note to anyone using essential oils: A LITTLE BIT GOES A VERY LONG WAY.)
And because I can never resist embellishments, I decided to try a reverse applique for the first time. It turned out pretty well, if I do say myself. The Princess P saw it and has asked me to do this on all of her clothes now.