This worked okay, but inevitably the towel slipped off during the night and the water would slowly chill. It wasn't unusual to wake in the early morning hours with a cold rubbery slab at your feet—not exactly comforting.
Microwaveable rice bags stay warm and don't slip around. I thought I would make a rice bag that's a tribute to the old-fashioned hot water bottle. It's a simple project that can be done in an hour.
Bonus: if you applique a heart onto the bottle, you can give it as a Valentine to someone you have "warm" feelings for (ouch!—sorry).
Step 1: What you need
- pattern files (.pdf files are included below, though they print out smaller than my original)
- red fleece Red Christmas fleece can often be found in the remainder bin in January. I was able to buy less than half a yard for $2.50—this is enough for 3 bottles. Any remnant over 11" will work.
- scrap muslin or other cotton fabric for the inner bag
- paper and cloth scissors—best to keep them separate
- 2 lbs of dried rice or other grain, such as lentils or beans
- something to sew with: needle and thread, or threaded sewing machine
- optional: felt or ribbon for embellishment, lavender or other essence for scent
Step 2: Cutting the cover
Please also note that one of the patterns is actually a template for 3 pieces—you'll have to make a couple of simple folds along the way.
Place the larger pattern on your fleece half an inch from any edges. Use your rice to weight it down, and cut around the pattern leaving 1/2" seam allowance.