DIY – Therapy Sacks

(Be sure to upload your photos from trying this project into the Brassy Apple Projects Flickr group!)

This a fun, easy and quick project that is great to give as gifts anytime of the year! and easier on the figure than a plate of sweets. πŸ˜‰

Hot/Cold Therapy Sacks

supplies needed:
sewing machine thread
fabric – at least a fat quarter
wheat (You can use rice too)
essential oil – you pick the scent

Step 1: Pick the fabric you like. You can create a pattern using paper for future/multiple use or just measure your piece and cut. I usually cut my fabric to be about 14 x10 inches.

Step 2: Fold your fabric, right sides together so you piece will now measure about 7×10. Sew down 2 sides together leaving one of the short ends open. You can trim your corner or any excess fabric if you want to.

Step 3: Turn your fabric inside out so the right side of the fabric is showing. Give it a quick press with a hot iron to press out your seams and make the fabric looks crisp.

Step 4: Pour your wheat into a large bowl. (this can be purchased in the bulk section of your grocery store for very cheap) Add a few drops of essential oil (optional). This creates a nice aroma as the wheat is heated up. Some of the favorites are lavendar, vanilla, lilac, etc. Stir the wheat to help distribute the oil.

Step 5: Fill your sack with wheat. If you are making a sack this size, I like to use about 3 1/2 cups. Anywhere between 3 -4 cups is a good amount.

Step 6: Turn under the top (open) edge about a 1/2 inch. I just hold both sides of the open edge and turn it under lining up the to seams at the top. It’s quick and easy πŸ˜‰

Step 7: Pin the edge you have just turned under and sew

Step 8: You are finished! You can make these in any size, shape or fabric. They work well for both women and men. I made one using the logo and colors of our local football team for a teachers husband who is a big fan!

Step 9: You can package them any way you like but I always attached a little poem with them.


This little pillow filled with wheat,

Is such a comfort that can’t be beat.

Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes
on HIGH and kiss those aches
and pains goodbye.

Apply it to the troubled spot,

The heat will ease the pain a lot.

Or warm those little toes, so cold.

You’ll find this nice to
have and to hold.

Or freeze it for a little while,

And fix that boo-boo up in style.

Instead of a compress made of ice,

Use this pillow of wheat that feels so nice!

These are great for many occasions/holidays to give as gifts. Take a peek HERE at what a fellow blogger/seamstress did from my tutorial.

Thank you!


  1. wonderful. i really loved reading this post.

  2. Thank you for the tutorial! I’m doing this for the next set of teacher gifts I need to make. πŸ™‚

  3. Found your tutorial through how does she blog. πŸ™‚ Great! Wonder, does the essential oil leak through the bag? Thanks so much!

  4. Hello Dana – I have never had that happen.

    I just add a couple of small drop into the wheat – mix it up and then add it to the bag.

    I imagine if you added to much that would be problem.

    Have fun!

  5. Love this tutorial- made some pretty cute sacks from it! I also posted your link on my blog
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love this idea for Christmas gifts! Thanks for posting such clear directions.

  7. This is a great idea! My daughter is 10 and she started Punky Monkey Missions and helps raise money for missionaries, adoption funds and the homeless and she’s always looking for the next best thing to make and I think this will probably her next project.

  8. I love this. I just finished delivering these to all my neighbors for Christmas and they have been a huge hit. Thanks so much for sharing. We will be featuring you over at our blog

  9. What kind of fabric did you use? Couldn’t some fabrics catch on fire?

    • do not use any with any metal paint on it or it would ruin your microwave do not leave any metal on it I make the grain bags an make covers for them and give to the elderly for there ackes and pains and to children who have ear aches an tummy aches I give them to veterans and senior citizen activites I do not charge any body for them if anyone wants to donate fabric, grain or thread or money it is not turned down but we do not charge for the bags I am 77years old an love to help people I have been well blessed I have had two strokes and two heart attacks and I am in a wheel chair I love life

  10. This looks like an absolutely awesome idea… Where do you buy wheat from….? Thanks Heaps

  11. I love making these I started making them before reading this and never thought to use wheat..not even sure they sell just wheat where I live! Anyway, i make mine a bit longer and sew across every few inches (5 or so) so the rice doesn’t pool on either side they work great!

  12. Love this Idea!thanks for the tutorial.
    question do you know how long the essential oil scent will last?

  13. Love this idea! I am so going to make myself a few of these (since I always seem to burn them). πŸ™‚


  14. A local shop sells unmalted wheat for $.99/pound. Do you think that’s a good price? I’ll keep looking, if not. I just have no idea where to start!

  15. I am taking your idea and making teacher (and neighbor) gifts this year – I’ve bought fat quarters and can get 2 per each “quarter” – so with $10 for the fabric and another $10-12 for some rice, I’ll be set with some nice but inexpensive gifts! Thanks for the ideas!

  16. Thank you Megan for such a great gift giving idea! I made 21 of them this year! I am a teacher and I needed something to make that was fairly inexpensive, but very thoughtful! Let me just say that they were a hit!

    I also took the poem you did and made it into a pretty printable! I would love for you to check it out if you got the chance!

    Thanks again for the inspiration!

  17. This was so easy and made for awesome gifts. Thanks.

  18. I’ve made these for years after getting one as a Christmas gift. It came sewed up in half a terry dishcloth and I actually prefer to use those as they are softer and warmer. I have used cloth as well, though, when the occasion calls for it. The nicest thing about the dishcloth is that it’s already bumpy and hides the seam to close up the top after being stuffed so you don’t have to do any fancy stitching or turning under or anything. I just make sure that the final edge I’ll sew is a finished one so nothing frays and then just run the seam right down it. Perfect. This year as a Christmas present for my daughter’s college roommate, we made a very fancy cover with some applique and fun edging. So I made the bag in just plain muslin and then slipped it inside the cover. That way, when she has burned the wheat beyond use (It always happens eventually) she can make another bag the same size and slide it right in, without losing all of the fun roommatey stuff.

  19. Love this idea! Can’t wait to try!

  20. Thanks saw this on Pinterest! I was looking for a quick craft for my church’s upcoming bazaar. This is perfect!

  21. Thanks saw this on Pinterest! I was looking for a quick craft for my church’s upcoming bazaar. This is perfect!

  22. so the wheat does eventually burn and you can’t use it anymore?

  23. I just made this and wanted to say thank you for the tutorial! Love it and I plan on making many more for gifts!

  24. does anyone know how long the heat or cold lasts once its being used? and does wheat hold the heat or cold longer than rice?

  25. How would you heat this if you don’t have a microwave?

  26. I do not sew, would stitch witchery work? I just wonder about putting it in the microwave. Has anyone done this?

  27. Can you use any type of fabric or cotton and flannel only? Love your instructions.

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