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« on: December 01, 2007 10:10:10 PM »

It gets awfully cold here where I live.
And we have a very poor heating system.
So I made microwavable bean bags for me and my roommates to keep us warm.
^^

 They are really simple to make.
I used muslin to make a little pillow, filled it with rice and then made a removable (and washable) sham for it.

To heat it just takes 2 minutes in the microwave and it stays hot for a long time.

finished bean bag:


Sham detail:

(modeled by my roommate purplepony)

Bean Bag and Sham:


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beanbag + Percy my owlet.


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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2007 12:56:50 AM »

For serious, it's COLD. I'm sitting on our couch right now, and my leg that is not covered by my blanket is already numb from coldness.
Also, I thought it would be neat to sew some buttons on the shams, so that we can tell them apart (and keep them closed).
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2007 03:54:39 AM »

Very cute project.  Necessity is the mother of invention.  I am also wondering just how big these can be made, big enough to fill up microwave?  I have seen a similar version on craftster that uses dried corn, I wonder which filling conducts heat better? 
Great idea and I am sorry it's so cold for you all. 
Your owlette is very sweet too. 
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2007 08:02:35 AM »

My apartment may as well not have walls.  It's poorly insulated and though I have central heat, it sucks. I feel your pain.  I'm going to make some of these to sit on and to wrap my feet in. ha ha  I'm making one of those neck rolls for my Grandpa, so you gave me an idea for a removable sham... I never would have thought of that.   Good job!
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2007 08:52:22 AM »

neat!  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2007 09:09:41 AM »

Very cute project.  Necessity is the mother of invention.  I am also wondering just how big these can be made, big enough to fill up microwave?  I have seen a similar version on craftster that uses dried corn, I wonder which filling conducts heat better? 
Great idea and I am sorry it's so cold for you all. 
Your owlette is very sweet too. 
I made these 8" x 10" mostly because I could get 3 out of the scrap I had.
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I imagine the only size restraints are the microwave.
Also, it is best to only fill your bag about half full, evener heat that way.

I used to have a corn one. It worked fine.
I used rice because we had some in the house last night. ^^
Ours stay hot for about 30 minutes and warm for about an hour.

I would imagine dried corn would be harder to find.
Good luck making your own.

Spurtiic: The shams are great. I find they are necessary for keeping the bean bags clean. At least, I was wishing I had one for my last bean bag.
Thanks for commenting, good luck on your own.
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2007 11:48:31 AM »

COOOL!!!
I mean HOT! Shocked

Well you know what I mean! Grin

I need one as big as a couch cushion!
(our furnace died. And the heaters only can do so much!)

This is a really neat gift idea!

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2007 05:28:59 PM »

I am wondering now if we are using more energy than we are saving...
It seems one roommate or the other is constantly tossing their bean bag in the micro...
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2007 10:52:11 PM »

Fioretta-  I feel that.  I'm trying to reserve electricity use all together... but I find myself lighting a million candles and shivering and thinking of cold nonstop.  I want to make slippers and mittens out of these.  Mmmm....   Smiley
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Veritas_rose
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2007 11:02:52 PM »

Aside from it being only 25 degrees tonight, and me not having heat, I've got a mild case of meningitis, so my neck is killing me. thanks for posting this tute. I've got all the supplies already, so hopefully in 30 minutes, I'll have some relief. Cheesy
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