These darling hot water bottle-shaped hot or cold packs make wonderfully easy, thoughtful gifts, but make sure you make one for yourself as well! They’re great for soothing aches and pains, warming up, or comforting a child or pet. I fill mine with cherry pits, but you can use any other filling you’d like. Cherry pits hold their heat very well, smell delightful when heated, make a soothing sound when they rustle, and are machine washable. They don’t mold unless you put them away wet and won’t break down over the years.
This pattern has full-sized templates and directions for both the Large and Small version of the Comfort pack. I prefer the large size, but my children all love the small size, which heats up in only a minute in the microwave. I include directions to add the embellishments shown on the cover, and provide a foundation for the small paper pieced heart. There are instructions for making both a sealed Comfort pack and one with a slipcover and removable insert for your filling. I have also listed my recommended cherry pit supplier and the exact amounts of cherry pits needed for each size of Comfort pack.
The last pages of the pattern have printable tags that you can use if you’re giving your Comfort pack as a gift. The labels include ideas and basic instructions for using the Comfort pack and have the same cute hot water bottle shape.
The Large version is slightly bigger than a standard hot water bottle (8″ x 13″), and the smaller one (5″ x 8″) is perfect for a hand warmer or for children.
The idea for these cute Comfort packs came from my friend Tracy Westhoff who gave me permission to turn it into a pattern. You can check out more of Tracy’s creations and follow her on Instagram @t.s.westy.
This is a digital PDF pattern. After purchase, you will get an email with a link enabling you to download the pattern. This link will expire after 30 days.