Sylvia asked how to make the foot warmer, which, by the way, worked beautifully. No foot cramps last night. I will have to make some for my Fairbanks daughter, providing she has a microwave.
If you know how to make a beanbag, you can make one of these.
- 1/4 yd fleece
- A couple pounds of short grain white rice, or your grain of choice
- You gitcherself some soft fabric, tightish weave. Knit or fleece is good; the thicker fabric theoretically holds the warmth longer, but I haven't scientifically checked the theory.
- Cut two pieces fabric into your desired shape. I cut mine about 6x15. Renae has a C-shaped one she puts around her neck.
- Sew right sides together, leaving an opening to insert grain.
- Later addition: Stitch a second time, very close to the first stitching. Helps prevent seam poppage and rice leakage.
- Turn right side out.
- You gitcher grain of choice. You do not cook it. Repeat, DO NOT cook it! *snicker*
- I think short grain rice works well, because it is scent free, and the rounded grains move well, less poky. Flax seed has a wonderful feel, but smells like linseed oil when heated. Potpourri is an interesting addition for foot warmers, but I wouldn't want that perfume next to my face. I have a buckwheat neck bag at home which works very well, but it smells like pancakes when warmed. Millet might be an option, too.
- When you fill the bag, you want it floppy, but not so thin that it loses heat quickly. The contents of the 6x15 bag I used last night are about an inch deep when the bag is leveled out on a flat surface, and it is just right.
- Sew opening closed with a tight stitch. Machine stitching works well, because it is faster and less likely to leak grains. Stitch twice.
10/19/07 P.S. I made mine yesterday, of fleece, and slept with it last night after microwaving three minutes just before I went to bed. My tootsies felt so loved!