When I was a kid, winter beds were warmed with a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel.
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