My super smart Mum showed me how to make the modern version of a hot water bottle for warming up your bed. It’s simply a small pillowcase-like fabric pouch that you fill with rice and sew closed… then microwave it! You can make it any size you like. A good size is about 12 inches by 8 inches. With a sewing machine, you can whip a few of these up in minutes:
1. select fabric and cut to desired size
2. sew up 3 sides
3. fill with rice, add some fragrant dried lavender if desired
4. sew 4th side closed
If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can support other seamstresses by buying one on Etsy: here’s one from AngelasExpressions with a cute Christmas tree pattern. There are many other options available as well.
I have two of them… I heat them up for 2 to 3 minutes (depends on the strength of your microwave) and put them in bed several minutes before I am going to get in, and then it’s all wonderfully warm when I do. The rice stays warm for a surprisingly long time too!