Remember all the way back when I showed you guys how to make animal bookmarks? Well, I still get crafty from time to time, especially when clothes wear out and I end up with free fabric to do whatever I wish. Today, I’ll be showing you guys how to make the easiest heating pads in the universe. Seriously. It takes five minutes, tops, and then you’ve got a comfy heating pillow for your feet, your hands, your tummy, and your bed. Especially your bed.
For your heating pillow, you will need a thirty-two ounce package of rice, a cup, and a fun pair of knee socks. What kind of rice isn’t important. I get my socks from Target; they usually have a two pairs for five dollars deal on with a lot of wacky colors and patterns. And yes, you will need both socks—but if the toe on one sock is worn out, you get to skip a step! Yay!
Assemble your materials.
Pour some rice into the cup. Attach the sock to the cup and pour in the rice.
When you’ve poured in all the rice, tie a knot as close to the end of the sock as you can.
Take the other sock. If the toe is already worn out, you’re good to go. If not, cut a small hole in the toe.
With the knotted side going in, put the sock on your freshly made rice tube like putting a pillow in a pillowcase. Pull the knot through the hole, and make another knot as close to the end of the pillowcase sock as you can.
AND YOU’RE DONE. Toss in the microwave for a minute, and you’ve got a warm tube pillow for at least an hour. You can use any length of sock you want, adjusting the rice. These make awesome gifts.
My week has been quite busy, and my nephew was born on Thursday night! Xavier McBride, because, hey, who doesn’t like syllables? Meeting a fresh newborn is such a particular experience. If you’ve an opportunity, I do recommend it. Otherwise, I’ve been trying to fit in reading and failing, which is a bit of a blow to the ego. I’m reading Benighted at the moment, and I did read The Lifecycle of Software Objects yesterday.
The folks at the Kitchn are giving away a cooking surprise package (including a cookbook!) until Tuesday. The Baen Free Library is full of free downloads, including The Shadow of the Lion and On Basilisk Station. Night Shade Books is offering Butcher Bird and Grey as free downloads at the moment. Vertigo Comics is offering free downloads of the first issue of several series, including Fables, The Unwritten, and Y: The Last Man. (And you will go download The Unwritten.) Small Beer Press offers several of their books as free downloads, including Kelly Link’s Magic for Beginners. If I’ve missed your giveaway or freebie, drop me a line!
What are your go-to crafty, homemade projects?