It took the itchy flea bites to finally get me to the sewing machine. For me, a good summer means insect bites, in particular, flea ones. The other day, I came home with seven flea bites on my left leg, from ankle to hip.
A few years ago I discovered if I apply heat to an itchy bite, the itch goes away almost instantly, which means I don't end up with scars because I didn't scratch as much, giving the swollen bite sites a chance to heal properly.
So, this morning, after I opened the blinds and curtains, I headed to the sewing machine, which has been waiting to be used since the start of the year. The scissors I bought in May finally came out of its package. A box of fabric on the sewing table was already open.
Snip, snip. A rectangular shape was cut out of a fabric scrap. The rectangle was folded in half for double strength. On went the sewing machine. One side, two sides sewn. Rip went the rice package and rice poured into the pouch. The ends of the last open side was tucked in then sewed shut. Voila, a heating pad ready to go! Take that you dratty, itchy flea bites!
It felt good accomplishing something so early in the day. Who knows, I might just sew a set of curtains and a tunic before the month is up.
Thankfully we don't have fleas, but I'm like you with the mozzies. Hates them, we does my Precious! :)ReplyDelete
One good thing about our dry summers now, no mosquitoes. Well, at least around us.Delete
So cool you make your own heating pad. I hope the flea bites heal soon. I can't stand being itchy either.ReplyDelete
It works as an ice pack, too. But, I think I'll make a separate one for that purpose, now that I know I can sew one in a few minutes.Delete
I remember my dog had a bad case of fleas and they had made a whole room infested. You could not land a step without getting attacked.ReplyDelete
Poor guy. They say eating a lot of garlic keeps fleas at bay. Didn't work for me.Delete
The home made heat pad sounds great and really easy to do too. I have to ask though, what happened to your last post about Molly asleep on your keyboard, did you remove it? I did leave a comment but can't find the post anywhere now :/ReplyDelete
Hi Eunice, the post is still there. The best way to find it is to go back to the home page and scroll down. I think it's the 3rd of 4th one. I don't like that this template. doesn't have that easy go to next or previous post element. Maybe it does and I haven't figured where it is or how to make it appear.Delete
Thanks, I've found it :)Delete
I didn't know heat helped bites? There are allegedly no insects here but there are and they have bitten me silly.ReplyDelete
It helps me. You hold the heated pad against the bite for a few seconds. The itch continues for a few seconds before going away. Sometimes I need to do it one or two more times for really strong itches. It takes awhile to find the right temp of hot that's bearable. You don't want to singe yourself.Delete