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{cherry pit pillow}

For as long as I can remember I’ve had cherry pit pillows to keep me warm on cold nights, help aching or even use it cold for a headache. I just love them!
So, instead of buying one, like I did with the last one, I decided to sew one on my own.
I stayed thrifty, reused the cherry pits from my old heating pillow and used fabric from an old IKEA duvet cover that doesn’t fit our new blanket. I love projects that can be done without spending a dime! :)
{cherry pit pillow}

Materials you’ll need:

  • fabric (100% cotton, so it doesn’t melt in the microwave)
  • sewing machine and thread
  • scissors
  • dried cherry pits (I’ve also seen them filled with dried rice, corn or buckwheat. I just love the cherry pits, tough!)

The amount of cherry pits and the size of the fabric depends on how big you want your heating pillow to be. The size of my fabric was about 7 12″ x 11″ and I used roughly 2 pounds of cherry pits.

{cherry pit pillow}

How to:

  1. Cut two pieces of fabric in the desired size, facing them right side together.
  2. Sew each side, with 14″ seam allowance. Leave the 4th side open about 1 12″, so you can turn it inside out easily. You can also go around each side with a cross stitch to keep the fabric from unraveling.
  3. Turn the fabric right side out.
  4. Push out the corners to make them sharp.
  5. Fill the cherry pits, about halfway full, into the little opening.
  6. Close the open side of the pillow with your sewing machine.
For heating: Put in the microwave for about 1 — 1 12 minutes.
For cooling: Place in fridge or freezer (in a plastic bag, so it can’t get wet) until it’s cold enough.


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    Natalia Lynn
    Monday April 4th, 2011 at 07:39 PM

    I have never heard of these. How do you heat it? And can it be used as an cold pack too? Great idea!

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    Tuesday April 5th, 2011 at 05:26 AM

    Great idea! I’ve never heard of these before, either. Can you use other things, if you don’t have cherry pits?
    Stopping by from Made by You Mondays to check out your entry & find out about cherry pit pillows!

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    Tuesday April 5th, 2011 at 02:30 PM

    I have one that I bought from a craft fair and I love it! I keep it in the freezer and it’s great for migraines. Ice is way too cold but this is the perfect temperature to put on your head.

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    Wednesday April 6th, 2011 at 01:53 AM

    great idea. I’d like to have one of those!


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    Thursday April 7th, 2011 at 09:37 AM

    When my first daughter was born, in Germany, this is what the midwife recommended for when she wasn’t feeling well or had gas pains. It’s great! And I love the way it smells when it’s warm! :-) We also have one with grape seeds inside, for when the babies are tiny, as cherry pits can be too heavy for newborn tummies.

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    Thursday April 7th, 2011 at 02:19 PM

    I’ve made these before but I always used rice. I never even heard of using cherry pits. What a great way to use up all the pits from those cherries I eat all summer!

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    Paula Jo @ Home Decor | Garden Accents
    Thursday April 7th, 2011 at 06:49 PM

    I have one that we use alot, and it has buckwheat in it. I’ve never seen any that have cherry pits in them. Learn something new every day lol. I just printed out how you recovered your just in case anything happens to ours. You sure some up with some good idea’s. Thanks!!

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Friday April 8th, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Thank you ladies, for your sweet comments!

    @ Mama: I know, the cherry seed pillow smells delicious when it comes out of the microwave — I love it!
    I’ve never heard of the grape seeds, but that is a great idea for infants! :)

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    Sunday April 10th, 2011 at 02:06 PM

    I haven’t heard of one with cherry pits~ where does one buy them?

    Happy Day,

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Sunday April 10th, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    @ Jasey: Unfortunately I couldn’t reply to your comment by Email. I hope you still get to read this..
    I found a website that sells cherry pits online ( I don’t know exactly where you can find them in the store. I bought mine over here in Germany a long time ago. They sell them at drugstores here. Maybe they do over there as well? :)

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    Monday April 11th, 2011 at 03:03 AM

    OOH! I have seen these Cherry pit projects and wondered where you would get a good amount of cherry pits… These are great for being allergen free too!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

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    Krafty Kat
    Tuesday April 12th, 2011 at 02:53 AM

    I have never seen this done with cherry pits (but I have seen the other versions). I love that fabric! Thanks for sharing this week!

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    allenaim photography and design
    Tuesday June 28th, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    I’ve always used rice, but pits sound wonderful…I wonderif other pits like peach and plum pits would work?>?>

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    Seaweed and Raine
    Tuesday July 12th, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    I just found this post…
    In Australia we mostly use wheat for our heat pillows, and occasionally you find rice ones — but I have never heard of cherry pits being used. I LOVE the idea! I love the shape of them. Now that summer is only another 5 months away, I eagerly await the arrival of the cherry season! :) Thanks!
    P.S. I love the fabric that you re-puposed.

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    Vivienne @ the V Spot
    Wednesday September 7th, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    I love this! I have a cherry pit pillow and it smells good too… :)

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    Wednesday September 7th, 2011 at 01:14 PM

    wow i have been using this kind of pillow filled with maiz but using cherry pits never heard of them before ‚amazing :) loved the idea

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    Vicki O'Dell
    Friday August 3rd, 2012 at 09:20 PM

    I have a these bags with rice, corn and lavender but I would never have thought of cherry pits. How clever!

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    Monday August 6th, 2012 at 04:03 PM

    What a cool idea. I had no idea you could make your own… and using dried cherry pits! This is great!

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