15 January 2011
Homemade Rice Heating Pack
With a age and congenital defects come aches and pains and wounds. Mr. Yeater has had to take it easy the last couple of weeks because of these- meaning a lot of couch time. This, for anyone who has not spent a good deal of forced time doing so, can become a little painful for the back and neck. Poor, Mr. Yeater! A few days ago, he was in particular discomfort and our heating pad was nowhere to be found. It would not have done much if we had.
In a flash of brilliance, I recalled our inventory of rice. I keep a relatively large store of grains in my pantry. I ran to our linen cupboard and grabbed
an old pillowcase which could be spared. At my sewing table, I was able to measure and cut out a 4"x6" (pictured above) rectangle of cloth at the corner. Then, working wrong-side out, I closed all but one seam and flipped it right-side out. I turned one inch inward at the open end, filled the pouch with about one and a half to two cups of rice, and brought it to my sewing machine. The top pinched shut, I sealed it closed with the final seam. And, look! a rice pillow pack. I can throw it into the microwave and heat it (one to three minutes) or put it into the freezer for a hot/cold compress.
I have made two more since then and we enjoy having them for aches and pains and keep toasty without raising our energy bill in these cold temperatures.