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bag to be filled with flax and put in microwave
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Date: 6/22/13 10:30 AM

I'm sure this has been covered before but I'm not pulling it up on search. I need to make a warm compress for my doxie (who was viciously attacked by a large dog yesterday in a park clearly posted that leashes are required...). I've got plenty of scrap fabric and flax on hand but wanted to know best fabric & thread so as not to ignite in the microwave? I made one before out of an old dish towel and that seems to have been OK, but that particular towel is used up so I'm looking elsewhere in my stash.

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Date: 6/22/13 11:37 AM

Plain cotton, either. woven or knit, and polyester thread will work fine. I have made a lot of these, and the truth is that you never get them so hot in the microwave as to melt, simply because the skin of a human or an animal could not tolerate that heat.

You have probably noticed that the hot packs you buy are often made out of synthetic fleece.

Actually, my best and most serviceable rice bags have just been ordinary athletic tube socks--big ones for large hot packs, and child-sized for little packs. I use two socks: One to hold the rice (you just knot the end of the sock when it is as full as you want), and another over that as insulation. My physical therapist taught me this technique, noting that the supplies are everywhere and no sewing is needed.

Here are typical online instructions for a hot sock of this type.
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Date: 6/25/13 10:05 AM

I make mine with two layers. One with a layer of fleece and another layer of nice quilting cotton over that.

I do this because I always have leftover fleece and quilting cotton from other projects. But also because the fleece keeps some of the heat from coming through and a slightly softer feel to the heating pad which I always use on my neck for headaches. The quilting cotton gives it a nice organic feel on the outside (a much prettier print also), as well as keeping it contained in a fabric which will not stretch and deform like the fleece will over time alone.

I have found in previous versions that a thinner cotton alone transfers too much heat and have actually had to place another layer of fabric between the heating pad and my skin in order to not burn myself when it first comes out of the microwave. So my advice is even if you don't have fleece, use more than one layer of something.

Also, sprinkle a few drops of water on the pad no matter what the filling is before heating, it will keep your pads lasting a longer time.

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Date: 6/25/13 4:15 PM

A friend gave me one with a synthetic core and a cotton cover, that she had made and it did start to burn in the microwave. It came out of the microwave with big black spots.
After I saw that I always use 100% cotton everything, then make a fleece or minky cover.

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Date: 6/25/13 8:56 PM

I recently make about 15 of these as customer products for a spa near me. Make them out of cotton flannel; not fleece as fleece is plastic and made from pop bottles, and you know what happens to pop bottles when they are heated. Do you have old flannel sheets or pillowcases? Make sure you make a cover so it can be removed and washed.

Make sure you put a mug of water in the micro along with the flax bag (so the bag doesn't explode) and don't let it cook for longer than 2 minutes. The water keeps the flax moist (and from exploding) and helps to hold the heat in the flax.

PM me if you want specific directions and fabric requirements.

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Date: 6/25/13 10:35 PM

Thanks to all. I was short on time so I used the sock method with cotton thread. I used 2 socks so the outer can be washed. We are putting a cup of water in the microwave with the compress for moisture. So far so good, pup seems to find it soothing.

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