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    Not about quilting per-say but about sewing, does this count? Years and years ago a friend game me a pad you can put in the microwave and heat up. We used that thing all the time. It's in this house somewhere but we can't seem to find it. I'm sure it would be a quick project to make another one but wondering if anyone has hints. I think the one we had was filled with beans perhaps? Anyone know if rice or beans is better? Also, suggestion for material? Ours was almost like an upholstery fabric. I'm reading tutorials online and they all suggest something different from fleece to flannel to pretty quilted ones.

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    One of the easiest nonsewing ways to make a microwave heat pad is to fill about 1/2 to 2/3 full a new men's tube sock with rice. Then you just tie a knot in the end.

    Fabric choice when you sew can be anything that you feel like using. Except stay away from a really loose weave as it could get holes in it easily. As far as filling, between rice or beans, I would think rice would be a better choice. Although I have seen heating pads done with rice, soybeans or corn.

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    The first thing I think about rice is that if it gets wet, even a little, it gets moldy. There is a lot of rice in Hawaii.lol Check out this article.

    http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resourc...n-and-flaxseed



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    I make these all of the time and I use flax seed - since flax seeds are mostly oil they hold the heat a long time. I usually use flannel, just because it is snuggly, but regular cotton would work too. Just make sure to use all cotton (including thread), since it is going in the microwave and could melt.
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    My doctor swears by the rice-in-a-tube sock method!

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    They sell walnut shells here. I think it would work great. I have some and they are small just like rice.

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    Idk, just don't use popcorn

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    When I attended my first retreat at M* I won a great heat bag made by Kensington (Gloria). It has some type of corn in it that stays hot for quite some time. Maybe she will come online with some help.
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    Gloria used feed corn to fill hers. As for the tube socks, the elastic in the tops may pose a fire hazard since it is rubber or nylon or something not cotton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjkaiser View Post
    Idk, just don't use popcorn
    LOL. Okay that made me laugh!

    I've made several and always used rice. Just make sure you don't leave them on the bed after you've heated them up. My dogs chewed mine open to get the rice and ate it. What a mess! Rice everywhere and dog's with upset tummies
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