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DIY on a Dime: Rice-Filled Heating Pads
Posted By Anne Bogel On December 16, 2012 @ 12:05 pm In Christmas,DIY,Gift Ideas,Great Gifts | 11 Comments
Bless your kids with cute and cuddly cozies to keep them warm this winter. Create a charming and practical gift out of fabric scraps and a pantry staple, thanks to this tutorial from Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy .
When I saw these adorable rice-filled heating pads on Pinterest last year, I knew I had to try them. They’re simple to make, use up lots of fabric scraps, and are truly one-of-a-kind. Last year, I gave my 4 kids each a personalized owl in their stocking, and they’ve used them just about every night since.
I made my heating pads in the shape of owls. Aren’t they cute? You could make these in any shape you choose: circle, square, heart, rectangle, and you could piece your fabric in any design you’d like to delight your recipient. Use up your scraps to save more money and reduce waste.
Consider this tutorial a leaping off point.
To use these heating pads, pop them in the microwave for about a minute so they’re nice and toasty. Enjoy!
Note from Jessica: Five years ago, I made these for each of our kids. Neither my sewing skills nor my patience are as refined as Anne’s, so I made simple rectangles in my kids’ preferred fabric designs. They were a hit. And now they all want new ones again this year! These truly are a fabulous gift to give. I filled ours with extra clean feed corn, so if you’ve got that lying around, you can use that.
– Anne Bogel  loves strong coffee, long books , and big ideas. She puts a timely spin on timeless women’s issues at her blog Modern Mrs Darcy . Head here  to get her free guide Paper Gains: A Guide to Gifting Children Great Books from Modern Mrs Darcy .
This is part of the DIY on a Dime: Great Gifts series. For more easy and frugal gift ideas, check out the list. 
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