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Martha Stewart has listed as a source for buying buckwheat in her “craft of the day” on Wednesday, Feburary 15th, 2012. From all of us at Life Experiences, thank you Martha for helping to support our mission to provide meaningful employment for adults with developmental disabilities.

Remember – If you want to heat your buckwheat project in the microwave, be sure to use SEEDS, not Hulls.

Homemade Heating Pad

Here’s a Good Thing that will be useful after a long, hard day at work: a homemade heating pad using dried cherry pits.

Tools and Materials

Sewing machine
Fabric (about 1/2 yard will make at least one)
Machine-sewing thread in coordinating color
Bone folder
Dried cherry pits or buckwheat hulls or seeds
Lavender oil (optional)

Heating Pad How-To

1. Fold a 20-by-14-inch piece of fabric in half lengthwise, right sides facing.
2. Sew one short side and one long side with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
3. Fold the open end out 1/4 inch and press it.
4. Clip the corners, being careful not to cut into the seams. Turn the fabric right side out.
5. Use a bone folder to push out the corners and make them sharp.
6. Fill the bag a little less than halfway with dried cherry pits or buckwheat. If desired, the pits or buckwheat can be mixed with a few drops of lavender oil before filling.
7. Close the open end of the bag with a top stitch.


Martha used cherry pits from Pit Stuff and buckwheat from