Microwave Toe Warmer Upper Tutorial

Here we are, a full week into Winter and not a single flake of snow has fallen in Boston.  So lame.  But, just because it is unseasonably warm, at least by New England standards, that doesn't mean your sheets aren't still freezing cold when you put your little footsies in them at night.  (Poor little footsies.)  Remedy that problem by making these quick rice filled, microwavable heat packs to slide under your covers while you brush your teeth to get your sheets all warm and snug-buggly (that's what my Dad calls it) for your arrival. 

For this project you will need
  • 1/4 yard of muslin, canvas or flannel material
  • 1/4 yard of scrap fabric
  • 4C. white, long grain rice (NOT INSTANT)
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • scissors
To begin cut 2 equal pieces of your canvas material into 10"x16" rectangles.
Sew together on 3 sides and fill with 4 cups of uncooked rice.
Sew the 4th side together and you should have something that looks like this.
(No need to make the inside pillow look pretty, this is not a beauty contest.)

Now seperate 1/3 of the rice to one end of the bag and create a fold.
 Sew along this fold to seperate rice and add another seam (and another 1/3 of the rice) another 1/3 way down the bag.  These seams are to keep the rice evenly distributed through the bag.  (Omit if you're not feelin' it.)
**Tip: Sewing a bag full of rice is...interesting to say the least.  Elevating the surface next to the sewing machine for the remainder of the bag to rest on helps tremendously.  Also, sewing slooooowly helps too.**
Now trace around the bag onto some scrap material, with about an inch seam allowance, to create the pieces for your removable/washable case.  With the pieces right-side-in, hem the edges that will be your opening and sew the remaining 3 sides together.  Turn right-side-out. 
Microwave bag- with some water to prevent forest fires- for about a minute and a half and slip into case.
Flop onto sleeping husband's feet and watch the cuddles wash over his face. 
I made a seperate one for sweet little outdoor kitty toes too.
Toasty warm toes on the day after Tuesday.  Terrific!