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For a heater to-go, make hot piping, a sack filled with rice to be heated in the microwave. These little bags are great for keeping hands and feet warm in the winter as well as soothing cramps, ear aches, and miscellaneous maladies.

Hot Piping
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Project Type: Make a Project

Time to complete: In an evening

Sewn by: Machine

Intermediate

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I'm so glad I read all the comments about using corn for fillers. Someone had told me that corn keeps moisture longer than rice, but at the cost of creepy crawly things I will pass on corn. Thanks girls!

has anybody used dried cherry pits for something like this? I have heard that they stay warm for a long time, and smell pretty good.

I purchased one filled with cherry pits at a craft fair. Once heated they seem to keep warm longer than the rice. Smelled nice too.! I made some with dry corn from the feed store but as another reader mentioned "they were filled with varmits" mine were clean. They also keep heat for a nice period of time. Good luck. Have know idea where to purchase cherry pits. Anyone know?

Muchas gracias me encanto el tutorial.

The link above will pull up the creator's blog site. Click on "sewing tutorials" and you will find the directions under her header - House. Have fun :)

I think I really would like this pattern. I have been trying to download it for half an hour. I always get some other pattern. What's yp

@willow472007 6965393, Please click on the link above that says "click here for sewing pattern." You will be directed to the original designer's site where you will then have to click on "sewing tutorials" to find this specific pattern. I hope this helps! --editors of AllFreeSewing

I agree, my rice bags cool down after one hour, however, when I bought hulled corn at the feed store, I got home and the bag was full of worms and bugs!! The store owner said it was normal! So gross I wouldn't even put it back in my car to return it! Any suggestions?

I use a hand towel and rice to make mine. I have had no problem with them staying warm all night and even longer. I think that the terry cloth is the key. I also make a terry cloth pillow case to fit over so when it is dirty I can remove the case and wash. Of course after a couple of years, if used often, the filling needs replaced because it cooks away to little sand like grains.

Hi, I find wheat with some dried lavender added lasts a long time and smells lovely when heated. Best wishes Diane.

I've tried both the rice and the corn. The corn does last longer, but has never lasted all night for me, even in my bigger bags. What helps in addition to using (whole) corn, is using a thicker fabric, or even a quilted fabric with a layer of batting. The insulation keeps the heat even longer. Just make sure that fabric, the batting, and even the thread is natural (cotton, linen, etc), not synthetic.

What do you put in the corn so it wont stink?

Rice cools too quickly to be practical. A better filling is hulled corn, which you can buy at your local feed store (such as Southern States). Hulled corn is fairly inexpensive, and retains heat for hours and hours. I microwave a corn bag for about 6 and 1/2 minutes. I put it under the blankets, and it keeps my feet warm almost all night. Rice gets cold within a half hour.

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