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microwaveable rice-filled warmers

jjsews's picture

In which issue is the article on making microwavable rice-filled neck/bed warmers? I remember muslin and rice, but not the formula.

woodruff's picture

It's Threads #99,  and the (post #32431, reply #1 of 6)

It's Threads #99,  and the article is called Body Wraps.

I don't recall what filling the author recommended, but it's largely a matter of experimenting and personal taste.  You may find, for example, that plain white rice (my favorite), though cheap, holds heat longer than most other fillings.  You might like dried corn, as used in this very nice website:

Some people prefer broken up cherry pits or flax seeds.  It's rewarding just to play with various fillings and see what you and the recipients like best.

Palady's picture

Woodruff - thank you for (post #32431, reply #2 of 6)

Woodruff - thank you for posting an excellent source for the ... bags.


JoanGZ's picture

heating without microwaving (post #32431, reply #6 of 6)

This Christmas I returned to issue 99 and the article on making body wraps. One of the recipients thanked me, then asked if I knew an alternate way to heat it as she did not have a microwave. What do you think? Perhaps a double-boiler? Thanks!

alotofstitches's picture

the "rice bags" need to be (post #32431, reply #3 of 6)

the "rice bags" need to be made from 100% fabric since synthetics may burn you.  I use 45" washed flannel, cut 12" wide across the fabric width.  I sew and turn leaving the long side open and then sew 4 sections, filling each with 1/2 c long grain rice.  Sew those sections closed by sewing across the length of the bag, leaving the top 4 sections open for filling.  Add 1/2 cup to each of those sections then close the long side.  We make this side for our Senior church members.  My personal bags are made from 60" flannel so that I can sew 5 sections across  for a total of 10.  That size will fit a large man better and wraps completely around knees.  I've also used cotton corduroy.

stillsuesew's picture

Instead of rice, I use small (post #32431, reply #4 of 6)

Instead of rice, I use small pearl tapioca.  It holds the heat really well and has no odor and is very flexible.  Mine are about 6" by 14" to lay around the neck.

pfaffie7570's picture

Several years ago I made rice (post #32431, reply #5 of 6)

Several years ago I made rice bags to use as a heating pad. I live in a humid climate and after 4-5 days the rice began to smell. I trashed the rice, bag, and all.