Doughnut Earache Pillow
Firstly, gather your supplies.
You will need:
~ brown felt - two squares (approx 25cm x 25cm)
~ coloured felt (pink or white probably looks best) – one square
~ Approx 2 cups of wheat or rice
~ thread to match your coloured felt
~ handsewing needle
~ either a sewing machine OR thread to match the brown felt if hand sewing
~ sharp scissors
~ a pen
Cut two BIG circles out of the brown felt and a ‘wibbly shape’ out of the coloured felt that will fit comfortably inside the brown circle with room for a seam allowance.
Using the coloured thread, stitch the coloured felt onto one of the circles.
With right sides together (ie coloured felt inside) machine stitch or hand stitch the pieces together around the outside edge, leaving a small gap for turning.
Draw a circle (tracing around a glue stick works well) in the middle and cut through ALL THREE layers.
Turn right side out and using the coloured thread again, carefully hand stitch the three layers together around the inner hole.
Fill with rice or wheat and hand stitch the opening closed. TaaaDaaaa!
Microwave for approx 90 secs on medium (please use your common sense with this) and lay your head on it with your sore ear over the hole. The heat is supposed to help relieve pain and assist drainage but the hole means there’s no pressure on your sore ear.
You can also use this as a regular heat pillow for period pain, cold feet etc.
If giving as a gift, I like to include this rhyme:
A deeply satisfying winter treat
Zero calories ‘coz it’s not to eat
1min in the microwave and it will heat
Your frozen fingers and frosty feet