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« on: November 04, 2009 11:28:06 AM »

A cozy bed warmer is one of my favorite things.  Put them in the microwave for a few minutes and they work wonders for cold feet, aches and pains, or plain old stress relief.  Bed warmers make a such a wonderful gift.  They are easy to make, inexpensive, and both pampering and useful.

For years I would climb into bed in the Winter,  and put my cold feet on my husbands legs to warm them up.  Then my Mom made me a bed warmer.  Now I heat mine up every cold night before I go to bed.  I think my husband appreciates it more than I do.

Last year for Christmas, my Mom made them for all of her grandchildren.  But I wasnt sure if my kids would ever take the time to use them.  I was wrong.  Its a Winter ritual now, every night before bed my girls line up at the microwave to heat their warmer.  Even my son loves his, especially after a day of skiing, snowshoeing or playing in the snow.

My husband steals mine for back or neck aches come to think of it, maybe he needs one for Christmas.  We have also used them to soothe stomach aches and the chills from fevers.

To heat up your bed warmer, simply put it in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes.  (Dont overheat like my husband did once, we heard popping like it is turning into popcorn!)

You can make a bed warmer filled with feed corn, rice or buckwheat.  I use feed corn, because it is very inexpensive and it stays warm for an exceptionally long time. I purchase feed corn from our local IFA, a feed and farm supply store.  A 50 pound bag is less than $10.  Thats enough feed corn to make between 17 to 25 bed warmers.  You can also purchase it by the pound if you are only making a few, but it is not as cost effective.  Buckwheat can be purchased in bulk from many natural foods stores.  Buckwheat is wonderful, but just more expensive.  Rice is inexpensive, but doesnt hold the heat as long.  Be prepared for what ever you use to smell when its heated- feed corn like popcorn, rice like cooked rice and buckwheat smells a little grainy, but has the least smell of the three.

We have found several fabrics that make good warmers, such as cotton chenille, cotton flannel or cotton fabric.  I prefer chenille or flannel as you want it to be cozy and soft.  The only thing weve found is that the fabric should be a natural fiber, for some reason the synthetic fabrics seem to sweat when the bed warmer is heated (we found out the hard way using minky.)

I prefer a bed warmer with a removable, washable cover. Today I made a warmer with a chenille front for comfort and a print fabric back to make it easier to remove the inside pillow.  The same technique can be used for flannel on both sides, you just dont need to line the back fabric.

Heres what you will need for this project:
  • 7″ x 21″ 100% cotton chenille fabric for the front (available from most quilt shops) (or flannel)
    7″ x 24″ cotton print fabric for the back (or cotton flannel)
    1/2 yard cotton muslin for inside pillow and to line the cotton print fabric
    7 cups feed corn, buckwheat, or rice (it is just under 3 pounds of the corn- I dont know weights for rice or buckwheat.)
    Rick rack for embellishment, if desired

Here is a link to the whole tutorial and all the photos: http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/make-it-do-gift-cozy-bed-warmers/

Have Fun,

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« Last Edit: November 04, 2009 02:15:55 PM by jungrrl - Reason: edited to comply with Craftster guidelines » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2010 02:08:04 PM »

I love it! Looks very cosy indeed. I still use a rubber one filled with water. Now I want one of these!
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2010 01:27:02 PM »

I have never thought of doing something like this to warm the tootsies!!
GREAT idea!!  I will have to go get some feed corn, and make some for all my cold natured friends!!

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2010 01:37:52 PM »

Thanks for the tute! It sounds pretty easy to make, and probably a lot safer than my hot water bottle!
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2010 02:09:12 PM »

That is a great idea!!! Smiley

« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2012 12:51:54 PM »

This is sooo cool! I wanted to make something like that for my sister, but I didn't know, what to put inside, cause I only knew them with cherry stones, and I definitely didn't know, where to find some  Cheesy
Have to try this out!
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