DIY Bed Warmer (and Cooler)

Brrrrr..... it's cold outside!

Brrrrr….. it’s cold outside!

You know how it is.  It’s winter and it’s cold, no, it’s actually freezing outside.  It’s time to go to bed and you just know that bed is actually made of ice. Of course after about 15-20 minutes of pure misery (don’t move, don’t move) the sheets will finally warm up and then everything is fine for the rest of the night, thanks to your down comforter.  Right?

Well, next winter you can prevent this scenario with your own rice (or corn or beans) bed warmer!  Just pop it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes, roll it out in your bed under the covers, and in just a few minutes, there you have it:  a toasty warm bed to crawl into!  It is simple to make and very effective!

But wait, there’s more!  So you say “great, that’s wonderful, but winter is almost over”.  Well, just pop the bed warmer (ahem, now bed cooler) into the freezer and there you go – a nice cool bed on those hot summer nights!

All you need is some fabric, thread, stuffing (rice, flax, corn, beans, peas, cherry pits, most anything organic, clean and dry works) and a bit of time!

DIY BED WARMER TUTORIAL

Lets start with the fabric.  I know some of you will run out and buy some thick muslin or fancy fabric, but save your money.  The heat (or cold) comes from the stuffing, not the fabric.  You would be better off spending your money on an organic cotton or linen fabric.  Only buy as much as you need or use what you already have.  I am 5’6″ tall, so I bought 2 yards of 36″ wide organic muslin.  After the fabric is pre-shrunk and the seams are sewn, it will be about 5’6″ long, perfect for me.  Children will need shorter bed warmers.  Prewash the fabric and then press it with an iron.  Believe me, you will be glad you did.

Once this is done, fold the fabric in half lengthwise.  This made mine about 17″ wide (I lost an inch or so to shrinkage).  Before you start sewing anything at this point, however, you should check to see that the fabric will fit into your microwave!  Since my microwave is 20″ wide on the inside, I know that my bed warmer is sure to fit.  Now with the fabric inside out, sew the top and bottom seams.

Sew a seam along the top and bottom, inside out.  Trim off excess

Sew a seam along the top and bottom, inside out. Trim off excess

Turn to right side out, poke the corner out and press the seam down.  Next, sew a seam down the middle to make two halves, and then make another seam down the middle of each half. Use tailor’s chalk to get a straight line.  Some people can just use straight pins to do this.  Me?  I need both!   I just got a new sewing machine and this gave me the opportunity to try out some of the decorative stitches. 🙂  You can sew straight stitches, zigzag, wavy or like I did, you can sew the most beautiful, creative, and awesome (I can’t belive how easy it is now) decorative

Turn right side out, poke corner out so it looks nice, then press the seam with an iron.

Turn right side out, poke corner out so it looks nice, then press the seam with an iron.

stitches.  The only thing that really matters at this point is that you sew a continuous seam from one side of the fabric to the other.  Back tack on both sides so that the stitching doesn’t come unraveled!

First sew a seam down the very middle.  Use any style stitch you want.  It's easiest and fastest just to use a straight stitch, but that wouldn't be as much fun!

First sew a seam down the very middle. Use any style stitch you want. It’s easiest and fastest just to use a straight stitch, but that wouldn’t be as much fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three seams are sewn, not including the ends, making four panels

Three seams are sewn, not including the ends, making four panels

Now comes the math part!  Actually, just get out your ruler and figure about how wide you want each pocket to be – mine are about 2 inches wide (give or take).  Anything less than 1-1/2 inch isn’t really good because it’s harder to get the filling to move around in tighter spaces.  If you are using beans or corn, you may want the pockets to be at least 3 inches wide.  Play around with it.  There is no hard and fast rule here!  Measure between the seams you already have and divide that measurement by how wide you want your pockets to be.  If you have 12 inches between seams and you want 3″ pockets, then you need to sew three seams between each of your first seams.

Measuring between the seams.  Pockets should ideally be between 2-3 inches wide, depending on what kind of filling you are using.

Measuring between the seams. Pockets should ideally be between 2-3 inches wide, depending on what kind of filling you are using.

 

Now just go ahead and sew all of your seams.  This is the part that takes a while if you change thread colors and/or stitches.  I decided to make every other seam using a decorative stitch and I sewed all of these first.  Then I went back and sewed a straight stitch between every decorative stitch.

Once all of the seams are done, turn the already closed edge over once (or twice if you like!) and sew that side all the way down from top to bottom.  This step is optional, but if you want both sides to look the same, you should go ahead and do this.  Besides, the extra fold helps make the bed warmer a lot more sturdy so that it holds up better to wear and tear.

Turn and sew the edge that is already closed.  It isn't really necessary because this side would already hold the rice in, but it makes the whole thing stronger for wear and tear.

Turn and sew the edge that is already closed. It isn’t really necessary because this side would already hold the rice in, but it makes the whole thing stronger for wear and tear.

 

You are now ready to stuff.  I used 1/3 cup of long grain rice in each pocket for a total of 10 cups.  This measured out to about 4 pounds of rice.  I just rolled up a paper plate, stuck it into the pocket opening, poured in 1/3 cup of rice, then went on to the next pocket.  Word of warning:  Make sure when you have poured in the rice that it goes all the way down to the bottom of the pocket and work on a big table so none of the rice that has already been placed in a pocket spills out! 🙁  At this point you might think “that’s not enough filling!”

Trust me, it is.

I used 1/3 cup of rice in each pocket x 30 pockets = 10 cups of rice, or about 4 pounds.  A paper funnel comes in handy.

I used 1/3 cup of rice in each pocket x 30 pockets = 10 cups of rice, or about 4 pounds. A paper funnel comes in handy.

 

Once you have poured in all the rice (or whatever filling you choose to use) you should pin the final side seam over and sew that seam.  It’s essential that the stuffing stay on the opposite side while you are sewing, or the stuffing might spill out all over the place, or it may get in the way of the needle.  So easy does it at this point.

Rice all loaded up on one side of the pockets, with the opposite side seam all pinned and ready to be sewn shut.

Rice all loaded up on one side of the pockets, with the opposite side seam all pinned and ready to be sewn shut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your done!

Aaaahhhh, a nice warm bed in the winter, cool in the summer!  Just please don't sleep under or over the bed warmer for safety reasons.  It can get really hot and you don't want to get burned!

Aaaahhhh, a nice warm bed in the winter, cool in the summer! Just please don’t sleep under or over the bed warmer for safety reasons. It can get really hot and you don’t want to get burned!

There are so many variations to make this your own.  If you wanted, you could make one for each member of the family using their favorite colors.  You can add a few tea bags to your rice (earl grey comes to mind, or even a nice vanilla) and this will give a gentle scent to the bed.  I read on the internet somewhere that you can put dried mint, lavender, rose petals or even rosemary in with the stuffing, but you have to be very careful that the bed warmer isn’t overheated, lest you burn the herb, which will make it stink!

So, here are a few precautions.  The first couple of times you heat your bed warmer in the microwave, warm it in 30 second increments and test it before you warm for another 30 seconds, remembering that it gets warmer in the middle. Do Not Overheat!  If using dried corn, please make sure it isn’t popcorn. 🙂  To prevent the potential for fires, place a small (I use an old shot glass) container of water in the microwave.  If you have a turntable in your microwave, turn it off.  Do Not Overheat! The first couple of times you heat the bed warmer in the microwave you will smell an odor of….. well …… rice (or beans, etc.), and it will give off just a bit of moisture.  That will eventually go away.  Did I tell you not to overheat the bed warmer?  When putting in the freezer, it’s best to put it in a dry plastic bag first.  That way it won’t stick to anything in the freezer and is less likely to absorb funky odors.  All this being said:  please don’t lay on or under the bed warmer.  It can get very hot and you don’t want burns. Be especially careful with the bed warmer around children.  It’s purpose is to warm the bed and then be set aside.

So there you go.  A perfect homemade gift (Christmas?) or a great beginning 4H sewing project.  I’m sure these bed warmer/coolers would sell like hotcakes at a craft faire or bazaar.  I’m selling them in my Etsy store, once I get it opened, if you don’t want to go through the trouble of making one!

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141 thoughts on “DIY Bed Warmer (and Cooler)

  1. This is a great DIY project and my kids would just love to cool their beds on those hot summer nights! Me on the other hand, I would be warming it most of the year {lol}. Thanks for sharing!

    • Yes, I also am the cold one in the house. These are great because if you roll it up, put it in the microwave, then unroll it in your bed so that the inside of the roll is at the bottom of the bed (inside is the warmest), then you don’t have to wear socks to bed! HAHA! Thank you for your comment!

      • Good morning, Greenhead! These are so cool! I have seen the concept before and have made some for myself out of terracotta pots – and they work! I hope you have a lot of success with your new business. The igloos are gorgeous – especially that blue glazed one – so not only are they practical, but they are beautiful also! Thank you for sharing!

    • It really is – both winter and summer! Not hard to make and costs less than $10.00 (at least mine did) but takes some time with all that sewing. Believe me, it’s worth it! Thank you for your comment.

    • Thanks for finding me and requesting my post on your Linky Party. I was glad to join in! Thank you for your comment and the linky party! Vickie

    • Yes, you should definitely make one. Of course, the bed doesn’t stay cold forever, but at least you can get comfortable and maybe even fall asleep before the bed gets warm again! Thanks for stopping by! Vickie

  2. What a fantastic idea. D has made a small one to warm up and lay on her sinuses but this is great!! Living in the high desert we need both the warming in cold winters and def the cooling in our sun-filled summer. Thank you for sharing on our Brag About It link party. Hope to see you again! Love what you do. ~Sharon and Denise @BeBetsy

    • I was happy to share on your linky party! Thanks for hosting! You should really try this. It takes a little time with all the stitching, but in the end is a very simple project. Thanks for stopping by, Vickie

    • Yes, it would be perfect for a guest bed! I went over to your website at Just Us Four and loved it! All of those crafty ideas get me itching to start back into crafting! Thank you for stopping by and for your comment! Vickie

    • Thanks Wendy – they really work well! When you put them in the microwave, the center of the roll gets pretty hot (be careful), so that is the part that I put at the bottom of my bed! No more socks in bed! Haha!

  3. Great idea and you’ve done a super job with your tutorial.

    I use a similar approach to making a heating pad for those times when you have a strained muscle or cramps. I make it to hang around the back of my neck, my usual source of discomfort from too much time on the computer! I just sewed together 2 rectangles of mattress ticking, 20 x 9 inches, leaving a small opening for filling. Then filled the bag with rice, sewed it closed, and microwave it for 2 minutes whenever I need it. Soothing, and no electric cord!

    • Thank you Barbara! I have been using my bed warmer now for a few weeks. It sure makes the bed nice and warm on those cold, chilly nights! I have also heard that people make small 5 x 5 little packets to throw in their coat pocket when running outside. It will warm up the pocket just enough to keep fingers warm for a while! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your idea!

    • Thank you, Darlene, for pinning! This project is really easy but takes a bit of time to sew all the pockets. It would make a wonderful, useful gift for your mom!

    • This has been great for me and my husband! We heat our house in the winter with a wood stove that is in the family room, at the opposite end of the house from our bedroom, so it gets pretty chilly in there! However, we like a cool room to sleep in, just not cold sheets! The bed warmer does the trick!

  4. This is the coolest thing!! (no pun intended) My 19yo daughter and I are addicted to our electric bed warmers. I can’t honestly say I would make this, but this is such a great idea.

    • Hahaha – yes, it can be pretty cool! I have always been just a bit leary of electric blankets, so this has been a great alternative for me. But, you might try making just one for use in the summer!

    • Yes, you can add herbs and/or spices to the filling. However, I understand that you must be very careful not to overheat, because the rice (or corn or cherry pits) can take more exposure in the microwave than the herbs, which might burn before you know it. Then your bed warmer would smell awful!

    • You should try it, Julie! It’s not hard to do if you can sew a fairly decent straight line! Believe me, when you make one, you will want to make more for your loved ones! I recommend using an organic cotton or linen fabric, but of course, you could do a tightly woven flannel in a kids pattern also! I appreciate your taking the time to read and also comment!

  5. scariest thing ever. I was just wondering if there was a way I could make one of these earlier today, but then completely forgot about it. Low and behold, later on, I find THIS POST on a link up! WoW!!! lol I LIVE by my little heat-up elephant my sister got me for Christmas last year. and I recently made her one out of adorable owl fabric in the shape of an owl that she uses ALL the time! Thanks for the info!

    • Isn’t that something! Coincidence is a fun thing – you just never know! I hope you make a couple for you and your sister – to go with your elephant and her owl! Thanks for stopping by, Katie! I appreciate your comment>

  6. Awesome idea! I think this would be a perfect use for some single bed sheets we have leftover from our daughter’s college days. Yay!

    • You are right, it would be a perfect use for unused sheets! Then your only cost would be the filler and some thread! Your bed will be toasty warm in no time! Let me know how it goes.

    • Oooooo – flax seed and lavender! That sounds wonderful! Now that you know how to make one, you should! Thanks for stopping by, Donna!

  7. This sounds like a terrific Christmas present for my two daughters-in-law, they are always complaining about how cold the sheets are in the wintertime. Maybe, if I hurry, I can make up two before Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

    • Yes, once you make one, the other goes very quickly. And then you make them in “assembly line” fashion. Don’t be surprised if you get requests from others! Thanks for reading and commenting – I love hearing from my readers!

  8. I use a small version of this filled with rice. We use it for minor aches and pains. It works great.
    This is much better than the old-timer metal bed warmers.

    • I used a smaller one also and would put it at the end of the bed for my always cold feet! Then, I figured – why not the whole body – and the rest is, well, you know! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to read this article, Ben, and for your thoughts!

  9. This is so cool sometimes & other times it’s really hot:). Thanks for doing a thorough job with the tutorial. I made a comforter using a similar method & I stuffed the tunnels with wool.

    • Don’t you just love Grand Social??!! I’m glad you liked the tutorial! I hope you try making one. But you know, you can’t stop at just one, because everyone will want one! LOL

  10. Clever idea! I have a small rice filled bag that I heat in the microwave for when I have an aching body. Also someone cage me an old sock filled with rice and knotted. I actually heated it and used it on my eye last night. Had a sty and it helped a lot! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    • Oh no! Stys are painful! Hope you feel better soon! I have had several of those rice stuffed socks before also, and they work great – especially on really sore muscles! Thanks, Jann!

  11. Wonderful idea! We have a neck warmer that has rice in it! I’ve never thought of making a bed warmer! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

  12. This sounds fabulous since I can’t stand a cold bed! Only problem is that our household went microwave free about a year ago… Any suggestions on other ways to warm this up?

    • Hmmmmm. Well, I guess a warm oven for just a few minutes, but I don’t think the fabric would like being heated like that over and over again. I would assume it would get brittle after a while!!??

      • I was about to ask this very question since we do not have/use a microwave. while reading your reply, the answer hit me! Us none microwave households could put it in the clothes dryer to warm it up! Will now be making some of these 🙂

        • Oh – yes! Great idea! Thank you so much, Holly! I’ll give you a hint – if you plan to make more than one of these, make them assembly line fashion. It’s much faster that way!

        • That’s my problem too…I hate microwaves…..not sure if the dryer method to heat it would work….would hate to get the ‘stuffing’ come loose and fill the dryer…has anyone tried it??

          • Thank you, Sandy! Hopefully someone has or will try this method and let us all know if it works or not! I’m sure it would work, just not so sure about the amount of electricity (or gas) that would be necessary to heat the bed warmer enough to make it effective! I guess if you did laundry in the evening and had a hot dryer anyway, this would be a good use, but otherwise………..
            So, if anyone has used the “dryer method”, please let us know how it turns out! Thanks!

          • I also have no microwave, and a cold bed/old house. We use for the kids…wait for it… a hot water bottle, hotter than you would hold on a sore tummy, place in bed (I use two per bed for a larger span) I also rigged up a body pillow case that is filled with rice, where you insert the hot water bottles to heat the rice… it works lovely, but often with many beds to warm in a night I just throw in the hot water bottles. Pull them out when you jump in or if they are still warm and not hot (to avoid burns) slide to the bottom for fast foot warming.

      • Oh – hahaha – see the previous comment! Yes – a dryer probably would work! And it would heat several at a time! I just wouldn’t want to be there if there was a leak in the stuffing! 🙂

      • Excellent. I had the same question/concern and am just glad I read before posting.

        Of course, thinking in terms of those nights when there is no power… it could work well being put on the wood stove, I would think.

        • Yup – it probably would work on a wood stove. In thinking about it, it would be a really good idea to use the wood stove instead of a dryer or microwave as that would not use electrical energy! Perhaps it could be folded and set inside a large dutch oven on the stove – that should work well! Thank you so much for your thoughts!

  13. We haven’t quite reached the freezing cold nights yet but I’m sure we will soon and this will come in handy. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  14. I am just wondering. I understand the precaution of not sleeping under the bed warmer, but over it? Do you mean directly? Or are you supposed to take it out once the bed is warmed? Can you sleep on it with sheets or a blanket between you and the bed warmer.

    • The bed warmer can burn the skin if you laid on it while it was really hot! Of course, you shouldn’t get it too hot – just toasty warm – because you don’t want to start a fire in your microwave!!! Personally, I wouldn’t sleep with it in the bed. It’s kind of lumpy bumpy anyway. This is one of those times when your adult judgement comes into play.

    • Oh – I never thought of that! I’ve had mine for more than a year now and – no bugs! I guess since I have been microwaving it pretty often, if any bugs got into it, they are being killed off by the microwaves! I stored it in my freezer for part of the summer (a cold bed feels good when it’s hot) but, honestly, I haven’t had a problem with bugs!

    • Thank YOU, Linda! Of course, you can fill this with lots of different things – each has a different smell when it is heated up – none of them unpleasant. I do hear, however, that using cherry pits can leave a sweet/acid smell when heated, but I don’t know that for sure as I have never tried it myself. Just don’t use popcorn! 🙂

  15. Love, love, love this.

    I have smaller ones for my kids…but never thought about making it large enough for their beds.

    We just moved into an old turn of the century house and to say its drafty and colder than we are used to would be a huge understatement. This will be most appreciated.

    Thank you

    • I love those old houses, such history! If only walls could talk! I hear ya about the drafts, however, as most of those houses were never insulated. A bed warmer or two would come in handy for your family. My hubby and I have found that we really only need to heat one of them every night. We put it on his side first because he is usually in bed first. As soon as he gets in, he moves it to my side. A few minutes later after I have brushed my teeth, made sure all the doors are locked, turned off all the lights, etc., my bed will be toasty warm also! Thanks for stopping by and for your comment!

  16. I didn’t know i could use rice!
    In bed i have an electric blanket. Because i’ve got a muscle didease, i’m very cold all the time. I am learning to sew (since last week).
    I’m going to make smaller ones as gifts! And when i can sew good, i’ll make the big one!

    Thank you for sharing
    Greetings from belgium

    • Congratulations on your newly learned skill! Once you learn how to sew, there are so many things you can do! It won’t be long before you are sewing bed warmers like a pro! Thanks for reading Katja, good luck with your projects!

    • Hello Bobbi! 😉 Well, actually, I don’t have one of those!? Most people just share it from my facebook page or pin it! Sorry. You could just email that person and give them the link. Thanks for stopping by, and I will look into the email thing!

  17. Thank you very much for this great idea. I have arthritis, and this will be a big help since I live in a cold climate in the winter months. I will definately try this !

    • I am so glad this will help you and you are so welcome for the idea! Thanks for stopping by and reading the post, and also for your comment!

    • I’m sure we all have different views of what is and what isn’t sustainable. Since my microwave and freezer run on solar power, and make it possible for me to rely less on my grocery store, I consider them an important resource in my efforts to be more sustainable. But, as I have seen in many other comments – some people may heat the bed warmer on top of a wood stove! It’s hard to argue about sustainability there!

  18. Terrific idea, but I don’t sew (no patience whatsoever)! You mentioned maybe selling these on your Etsy site? Can you give me a link and a price? I would love to send one to a friend in England.

    • Well, I don’t have any up for sale yet. What I think I am going to do, however, is offer them with stuffing and without. The ones with stuffing will have to cost more (a lot more) for shipping, but the ones without the stuffing will be less expensive. That way, you can stuff it yourself when you get it in the mail, and save money. I will let you know when I have some to put up for sale!

  19. A few years ago, I made 18 12X12 rice packs like this for my whole family…They all use them still today…They’re great for cold feet, back pain, strains and sprains etc…I never thought of making a big one for the bed…Thank you for the idea…Will be super in the summer when my bedroom gets soooo hot…

    • I’m glad to give you some inspiration! Just remember to put the bed warmer/cooler into some kind of waterproof/air lock bag (one of those large ziplock bags work) before you put it in the freezer because it might pick up some funky freezer smells otherwise! 😉 Small rice packs on just the pillow are nice also!

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  21. I bet these would be great to have for car seats as well that don’t have the heated seats. And leaving it in there after removing from the seats could make the car warmer faster. It might even help with defrosting the windows faster by laying on the dashboard maybe on top of some cardboard so as not to damage the dash.

    • Whoa – what great ideas! Wouldn’t that be fun – to carry your own car seat warmer where ever you go – then just pop it in the microwave for a few minutes just before you leave! I would be real cautious about sitting on top of the rice warmer, however. You could get a bad burn before you know it because these can get really hot! But, like you said, when you remove it from your now warm seat, and then place it on the dash to defrost the window – genius! Thanks for the idea! Maybe you could make some with elastic around the top to fit around the headrest to keep it up, and then market them as car seat warmers!

  22. Thank you for this great idea! I have taken tube socks and filled them with rice for neck warmers. My daughter and I suffer from severe stress headaches, and the neck warmers really help. We have also taken cotton socks, cut off the toes about 6 inches or soup from the tips, filled with about 1/8 – 1/4 cup of rice, sewed the top closed and used them from hand warmers. Zap in the microwave about 30 -45 seconds. We do it in 20 second increments.

    • I agree with the tube socks being great for necks! We used make them in my special ed classroom for the kids to give to their parents for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa gifts – they were such a hit! This bed warmer just goes a step further, making a big long one for the entire body! Thanks for stopping by, Lori!

  23. I took a sock and put in rice, tied the sock and microwaved. These things have an odor that is so distracting that I cannot sleep. I took it out of the bed where it was supposed to heat my feet. Even with it still in the room, the smell bothered me. It is not a horrid smell, just something that will not let me sleep. THEN, I got hungry, over and over again, night after night. After two weeks of this torture, I gave it to someone who could not even smell it. Finally, he said yes, he could smell it if he tried really hard, and no, it did not stink.

    • Yes, you are right! I do smell a bit of a rice smell when mine is heated, but I really don’t mind one bit! Perhaps you could do as others have suggested and put a few tea bags in with your rice!!?? Maybe something that smells sorta like rice but steers your nose into a more pleasant aroma, such as a vanilla green tea, or even an earl grey? I appreciate your thoughts, thanks for stopping by.

    • Oh my, there have been quite a few suggestions in the comments – anywhere from using the clothes dryer to heating in a cast iron pot over a wood stove!!!!! I don’t know about any of these ideas or how well they would work, my only thought is that the fabric is flammable and I wouldn’t want anyone to burn their house down just to get warm sheets!

    • Thanks, Jessica! Yeah, my husband gets pretty warm at night also. He hangs his feet out of the bed, mine are always cold. Go figure!

  24. OOPS! Gave up my microwave years ago: They are NOT healthy, and neither is the food or even water “cooked” in them!!
    Any other ideas for heating this up???

    • No, not really. There have been several suggestions given in the comments – clothes dryer, in a cast iron pot over a wood stove, etc. – but my worry about these would be that: 1. it would fall apart in the dryer (what a mess to clean up) or 2. the fabric would get too hot and scorch or worse yet catch on fire. If you have any suggestions, or come up with an idea at 3 o’clock in the morning (when I get my best ideas), please re-comment! In the meantime, they still make awesome bed coolers in the summer!

    • Hmmm, how could a microwave hurt water. I know this is not the proper place, so could you come to my blog and email me or I can read about this on your blog. Of course, I cannot tell how to reach you right now, or I would email you.

    • Yes, you can certainly make one just for your feet! Just be careful that you don’t put your feet directly on the warmer when it is hot or you might burn yourself. I was thinking of making myself a foot warmer also – but I think I will make a thick (maybe fleece or terrycloth) “pillowcase” for the actual bed warmer so that I won’t burn my feet. Let me know if you do this and how you like it! Thanks for stopping by, Erlene. I would love to hear from you again!

  25. These are a great idea!! I have made warming bags of all shapes and sizes for many years. One thing I have learned is to use 100% cotton thread. Poly/nylon threads become brittle or break over time which leads to filler leaking out and unnecessary repairs. Just a little tip I thought I would share!!

    • Great tip, Pam. Thanks! It wouldn’t be nice to have rice (or whatever you stuff with) spill out into your bed! I may amend the post to add this in.

  26. A towel warmer would work also, you could use lavender, flax seed, lentils, beans, other dried herbs as well. However, little twigs could pop through the fabric if you choose herbs. Essentials can be used to scent with as well. I have heard placing the rice, bean, etc in the freezer for a week before using would cut down on any weevils.

    • Yes, a towel warmer would be great! Good idea! The herb idea is okay for a while, but the truth is, the smell doesn’t stay for very long. Essential oils are great – especially lavender – which is known to induce sleep anyway. When the scent starts to fade, just add a bit more oil! Not only does it make your bed smell dreamy, it also makes the kitchen smell pretty good! 😀 Have a wonderful weekend, Gale!

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    • Oh, Lynsey, you really should make one! They really work well and make your bed so comfy in the cold winter months! We don’t heat our back bedrooms in the winter, to save energy but also because we like sleeping in a cold room and a warm comfoter, so this comes in really handy! Let me know if you make one!

  28. I LOVE this! It would make a great gift! I’ll have to wait to make one as my sewing plate is already super full of projects that I need to finish before Christmas, but this will absolutely be on my list. I’m going to Pin it now so that I don’t forget.

    • Yes, this one really is a great gift! It’s sooooo nice to slip into a nice toasty warm bed when it’s cold outside. 🙂 I have several January birthdays in my family and they all got one last year, so even if you can’t make one in time for Christmas, they are appreciated year round! Have a wonderful evening, Ashley

    • Thank YOU Sharilee for sharing your method of making neck warmers… out of pillowcases! So cool! You should definitely make one or two of these bed warmers, I know you will really like them.

        • You are welcome! I just recently started making them again (new people, more requests) and have begun to modify the pattern! Now, after putting in the rice, I sew two straight lines the opposite way of the first lines, spreading the rice in even amounts among the (now)squares, making a grid pattern with approximately 2 tablespoons of rice in each grid. It more evenly distributes the rice. Also, I am going to be sewing ribbon on the end of the bed warmers so they will be easy to roll up and secure – kind of like sleeping bags! Have fun making one!

  29. I love this idea. I have made small versions of this for my feet at night in the winter. Congrats, you’re featured this week at the Inspire Us Thursday Link Party on Organized 31.

    • Thank you so much for the feature, Susan! This has been my most popular post (as you can see from the number of comments) because it us such a useful article and a wonderful gift!

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