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Bringing Joy to Others in small seeds…or How to Make a Heating Pad, a tutorial.

January 5, 2012

With Rahab’s flax she hid spies on a roof… and with my flax I keep my family warm.

It’s all just flax gathered for a greater purpose.

One lone seed cannot hide two men… it will not keep anyone warm…. but many can build a legacy.



Together … many seeds can produce a moment for a story to be made.

A story which becomes a legacy for others to climb under.

So I collect what I have and I bring the seeds together into little pouches.

Because the world is cold and we need all the warmth we can muster.



There are cold days when  we  feel like all we have is the legacy which was given to us.

So we gather under warm bags of flax and I teach them what legacy is… and why it makes God’s heart beam warm Joy.

I tell them a legacy is what you hear of the stories which came before you… How people won over life’s conflicts.

So like a well loved story you know it will all be okay…because we are more then conquers and when we walk it out…He will warm us to the core with His joy.

It’s knowing you are more then a conquer every time you walk into a situation…and that makes His heart joyful.

I tell them God’s joy is only mentioned twice in the whole Book….hedvah. How the very first time hedvah is used… it is to remind people Joy is their strength.  They hear the legacy of those who came before them and they become sad… but the speaker bolsters them…explains the Truth in the story… reminds them to not concentrate on themselves… but to see the great thing which will be done at the end of the story.    He tells them to have a great party…Because “the Joy of the Lord is your strength.”

It is our legacy.  To know we are loved.  To walk like we have won.



So we sit under our flax getting warmer and warmer…no matter the cold… We know life is not just a page but a whole story…. and in the end we have won against it all.

Concerning the flax heating blanket:
take one flannel pillowcase….two small bags of flax seed mixed with a few drops of lavender essential oil

sew channels longways (mine made 5 channels)

easily fill with a 1/8- 1/4c flax seeds.

Sew a perpendicular line, creating little boxes and locking the flax seed into that section.

Fill again…sew another perpendicular line.

This takes about 20minutes from when you sit down to when you are clipping the stray strings and are finished.
To heat: just pop it in the microwave for two minutes.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2012 11:17 am

    Jan Brett, roaring fire, cute kids, warm blankets?! All you need is a little snow and you’ve got yourself a ski lodge. Great idea, T!

  2. January 5, 2012 11:24 am

    I read the end of the book!

    we sit under flax seed blankets and chat….or won….depends on the translation;)

  3. January 5, 2012 2:10 pm

    Love it! I never knew you could use flax seeds like that! Thank you for sharing, and thank you for linking up today! 😀 Blessings!

  4. January 5, 2012 9:21 pm

    I love the way you take a simple and useful how-to and make it so much more. Thank you!

    • January 5, 2012 9:45 pm

      Aww thanks. I just want more for people . I just know we are capable of great things.
      You are capable of extrordinary things.

  5. January 6, 2012 11:36 am

    I am so intrigued! I love how you’ve woven story, craft, warmth, faith, and function together. And there are those with sensory integration dysfunction who would benefit from the weighted blanket aspect of this. Yes, very intrigued.


    • January 6, 2012 11:46 am

      Oh don’t I know it…concerning the SID… the kids really settle down when they have a weighted blanket.
      You could easily make it heavier… just up the amount per pouch.

  6. January 6, 2012 8:28 pm

    Beautiful post . . . so many elements woven together . . . makes me feel warm all over, like a weighted blanket. Gotta make one of these.

    • January 6, 2012 8:49 pm

      Oh it is so simple…probably quicker for you… I had to take pics, let my son take some pics…the baby wanted to sew…and it still only took me 20 minutes.
      So good for a sore neck…or to keep poor circulated feet warm.
      The kids love the heaviness of it.

  7. January 7, 2012 9:27 pm

    What a wonderful weaving together of things temporal and things eternal!

    I so want to learn to sew, but just never have taken the time to learn. You put such a cozy spin on it that you rekindled that yearning, though!

    Thank you so much for linking up!

    • January 8, 2012 9:24 am

      Well girl this would be the project to learon… It’s just simple lines and the pillowcase is hopefully one you already have… So it is super easy.
      Another easy project is the one I did with skirts. My girls who had never touched a machine came out with cute skirts.
      And my machine is just from Costco…I know too many people with over the top awesome machines…so I needed to do something fancy I would pop over to their house… My Costco machine works great.

  8. January 9, 2012 10:51 am

    We have the same stove in our home… It is truly a blessing from God. And i make rice bags…. They are so cozy and warm little toes… Found you over on life made lovely.

  9. January 19, 2012 1:05 am

    a great idea!

  10. September 20, 2012 1:33 pm

    We don’t use a microwave. Is there an alternate way to warm this?

    Thanks so much, I really want to make some of these for my grandchildren. 🙂

    • September 20, 2012 2:36 pm

      I have heard of people laying them on top or above their fireplace… I think she said they had a soapstone(?) fireplace.. and that it isn’t as hot as a metal one…. but I don’t know the specifics.
      I mean the idea is to make it warm and then it will retain the heat for some time….so perhaps a cookie sheet in the oven?

      I really don’t know if those are safe ways… so perhaps you should ask someone more qualified, lol….
      they are lovely gifts…I can’t seem to make enough of them.

  11. November 16, 2012 12:02 pm

    what an amazing idea. i love it! and that last photo is perfect.

  12. November 16, 2012 2:50 pm

    This weighted blanket is just lovely! I would like to start with smaller ones as gifts! Please considering sharing this post over at Eco-Kids Tueday.

    • November 16, 2012 2:59 pm

      why thank you for the invite.
      yes smaller would be great for your neck… i have 7 kids and many like to share.

  13. November 17, 2012 3:12 pm

    I found you from Elizabeth’s Needle & Thread. This was a great tutorial.

  14. Christi permalink
    January 28, 2013 12:15 am

    Is there a way to wash these blankets. I have a kiddo with SID who would LOVE this. However, this blanket would get dirty with my children. Could I clean it other than spot cleaning?

    • January 28, 2013 7:01 am

      the first one I ever had was made by my grandmother.. and she just used another pillow case over it… and we would wash that.
      I don’t know of a way to wash the seeded bag.

  15. May 15, 2016 7:28 pm

    This is life giving dear friend~ thank you for sharing your heart

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