These little bags can be tucked between the covers of your bed, inside your coat pocket, even into your boots before you put them on. Once, when we were at the Homestead, our daughter had an earache and there was not a hot water bottle to be found. I whipped one of these up with a cotton dish towel I had and some rice from the pantry. Instant comfort.
I filled these pink bags with hard winter wheat from my storage, some broken cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. Just spritz them with a little water before heating to keep the wheat or rice from drying out and pop them in the microwave for 2 minutes on high . The spices will heat up and emit a pleasant smell. I think the cocoa bean hulls that are packaged as garden mulch would be terrific inside of these.
*Just a note if you are using wheat, make sure that your hand and machine stitches are small. You wouldn't want the filling to escape from the bag.
- Two 10 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch pieces of fabric (or do as I did and cut one 20 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch piece of fabric and fold it in half. The folded side will not need to be seamed, saving time)
- Sewing machine
- Hand sewing needle with matching thread to stitch the opening closed
- Approximately 1 1/4 cup of rice or wheat kernels for filling
- A small amount of whole spices or lavender (optional) to add to the filling
- Straight sewing pins
Lay (or fold) your fabric with the right sides together. Pin on each side so that the fabric doesn't slide around. With a small stitch length (I set my Pfaff stitch length to 2), machine stitch around the fabric, leaving a small opening large enough to pour the filling into the bag. I back stitch at the beginning and end of each line of stitching.
You're done. Heat the bags for 2 minutes in your microwave and put them anywhere you need warmth.
They make great gifts, too.