So, I decided that I could make a wheat pack after I had a look at the prices and decided I wasn't paying that sort of money. (Which is probably why I bought a small one, now I think about it...) So off I went to the shops to get some wheat, and do you think I could find any? No. So I bought some barley for $1.45 and hoped that it could be used the same way... (If not I was going to put it in a soup!)
A bit of a google search later and it seems that you can use many grains for wheat bags - and so I made mine with a $1.45 worth of soup barley and it works very well!
Here's what I did...
Then I used a funnel to put the barley in the pillow...
Sew up the wee hole that you used to put the barley. Pop it into the microwave for a minute or two and then pop it onto that sore spot and sit back and relax!
Here is a couple of links to some other wheat bag tutorials - Here and Here.
Don't forget to shake up your bag a bit when you get it out of the microwave to distribute the heated grains evenly - And test it before putting it directly on youngsters and older people with more sensitive and delicate skins.
Oh - And only use cotton, synthetics may melt in the microwave... :( I used old pillow case scraps for mine.
Green-ness: 5/5 Recycled material and grain with a few herbs and spices - nice and planet friendly.
Frugal-ness: 5/5 Free is as frugal as you can get!
Time cost: About 1/2 an hour all up to make, fill, sew up and heat up.
Skill level: You can make this as simple or as complex as you are able!