I found myself in a situation the other day where I needed to make a rice heating pad, and I needed it quick. And I needed to not have to sew it together because…well…I don’t sew. SO, I did a quick search of the interwebs and came across several accounts of people using tube socks for just this purpose; ya take a sock, fill it with rice, and tie up the loose end. Awesome. Great idea…only…I needed it to be bigger than a skinny little tube sock.
So. I scrounged around a bit and came up with an old, long-sleeved t-shirt of the Texan’s.
Then I just cut off a sleeve (actually, I cut off both sleeves to make two of these).
Then, using a bit of baker’s twine, I tied off one end. Tightly.
I then filled the sleeve with about 2 lbs of white rice (not the instant variety, apparently that’s not good for this. Just good ol’white rice). Fill it with as much or as little as you want–I wanted this to be nice and malleable, not stuffed to the seams. Once the rice was in, I tied off the other end with baker’s twine.
To heat this, place the heating pad next to a single cup of water (water in microwave-safe cup or bowl) in the microwave for about 1.5-2 minutes (the water helps keep the rice from burning). Depending on how much rice you put in, you may need to heat for a little longer, but be careful not to let the water in the cup boil or the rice burn–so heat in small increments to be safe. This heating pad was perfect at about 1:45 minutes.
It worked wonderfully, and was a nice, safe, gentle heat for a tender little tummy:
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