Last week I stitched up a couple of these little gems: Homemade Heating Pads. Microwave for up to 2 minutes to soothe away aches and pains, and keep toes toasty. Or, throw them in the freezer and you have an instant cold compress for bumps and bruises. Each flannel bag contains extra clean deer corn combined with cinnamon to make them smell wonderful. The bags are then slipped into a matching 'pillow case' to keep them clean. Oils from the skin and less than meticulous microwaves can get the bags really dingy, and since they can't be washed, the pillow case makes a great barrier, which can be machine washed and dried prior to the next use.
My girls love them, and Autumn uses hers nearly every night. I love to put mine under my feet while I watch TV! Unlike rice, corn heats more evenly and retains heat longer. At least, in my opinion it does :)
A couple of tips if you make one of your own; 1) Use extra-clean deer corn, which can be purchased at Wal-Mart of all places. Anything less will be really dusty and dirty to work with. 2) I like the scent of cinnamon, but any essential oil can be added to make the bags smell terrific. 3) Do not heat for more than 2 minutes at a time. Longer heating times can result in burns to the skin, and scorching of the corn inside. Then it won't matter what you've scented it with, it will smell burnt. 4) Use 100% cotton fabric. Polyester blends can catch fire. Obviously I don't need to elaborate on this tip :)
|This one is mine. It's made from ultra soft flannel and it's wonderful on those nights where the mercury drops to arctic temperatures :)|
|This one was intended for Cayla, but Autumn saw it and, well, the rest is history. Cayla didn't stand a chance :)|
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