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Heating Pillow with Buckwheat



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Sew up an easy pillow filled with buckwheat to serve as a heating pad. Buckwheat holds the heat (or cold) better than rice or other grains and is hypoallergenic, since buckwheat is not actually a cereal or grass. Add a few drops of your favorite fragrance oil, or just enjoy the smell of buckwheat. You can also use this pillow as a wrist pillow when working with your computer mouse.

Heating Pillow 1


  • Hand knitted piece (optional, but if you do use it – only natural yarn like wool or cotton)
  • Piece of fabric (preferably cotton) that is at least twice bigger than your knitted piece
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and threads
  • Scissors
  • Piece of paper
  • Buckwheat


  1. Knit a cover piece; make it the shape you want your heating pad to be. place your hand knitted piece in a flat position and slightly stretch.

    Heating Pad 2

  2. Cut your cotton into two exactly the same pieces so that they are slightly bigger than your knitted piece.

    Heating Pad 3
  3. Take two cotton pieces and place the knitted piece in between like in the photo.

    Heating Pad 4
  4. Sew around the edges making sure you get all three layers. leave an opening about 2” long.
  5. Turn it inside out.

    Heating Pad 6
  6. Make a little fennel out of paper and use it to fill up the sack with your precious buckwheat about half way so the sack is rather loose – this way it will take a shape of whatever you want to warm up easier.

    Heating Pad 7
  7. Use blind stitch to close it up. you are done! now go put it in the microwave and heat it up for 1 minute, take it out and shake it up. then put it back in for another minute. don’t you love it?


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You can also use rice or dried cherry pits for stuffing. I actually think cherry pits hold heat the longest. Great project - love the knitted piece idea!


This sounds like a wonderful gift for my friend. Thank you! Now the dumb question (?) where does one find buckwheat! Is it in the grocery stores or maybe a drug store????br Thanks again for your idea and help. Loribr

wol7l 9900687

I made these last year for my friends and EVERYONE loved them. Would sure do them again!


Thanks for the great idea. We have a craft group at church and every Christmas we make up gifts for each other. We all do a little bit of this and that. This craft will be part of my gift this year. I was stuck on what I wanted to do but you gave me the idea I was looking for. THANK YOU!-- Allie


i thing i will make some and i will make me one for in the winter because i get so cold and it thing this will help a lot

daniellec2003 2473028

The alternative term for buckwheat seeds is buckwheat GROATS. I found some at a farmer's market that stocks all kinds of exotic stuff (like powdered honey) that they package up theirselves, apparently from larger quantities. However, I thought it was expensive--I paid $4.75 a pound for it. You might want to search for it using the term groats instead of buckwheat. Maybe that will help.

mawoodman 6347275

Wow! I really Like this. It brings back childhood memories.

angeltea9 9248850

I have made these using corn not popcorn I had to go to a feedstore to buy it they are made the same way but instead of using buckwheat (where do you find buckwheat at?) Do you also heat them in the microwave? They are fun to make instead of knitting I used material I had left over and put lace around the top pillow Made like a lining f- put about a cup and ahalf of corn stitch it up on the sewing machine and put it in the case. They really make cute little gifts.

granniefrannie30 6942025

Do you have a child that grinds their teeth at night? Well here is a helpful hint, warm that rice or "buckwheat"bag and let them sleep with it on their jaw, this will relax the muscles and wa la no more grinding!


Why would you call it a rice bag if you fill it with buckwheat? I've made these with rice for years...great in the winter. Mine are large enough to warm the foot of the bed. I actually make a separate cover so it can be removed and washed.


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