Given the fact that energy costs have sky-rocketted, I decided to make bags filled with rice to heat in the microwave, so my friends could keep warm without turning the central heating up high. And in a moment of genius (hahahahah!) I called them Recession Heaters. I enclosed instructions for use, which include the fact that you heat them in the microwave for 1.5-2.5 mins, and if the recession bites too deep and all else fails, slit open and cook the rice.
They have an inner bag of rice, so the outer one (flannel or fleece) can be washed. I used the embroidery machine to add the writing.....
I think I made about 25 in all, and I use 3 all the time. I have 2 in bed with me, and the great thing is that they do not get cold, even when they lose their heat. They take on the body heat temp, so are always warm during the night.
And I have one downstairs. I am sitting here in the cold part of the house, with one on my lap, covered by a blanket, and I am as warm as toast. I also take it to the couch and curl up with it there. They are wonderful for aches and pains too.
So there you are. My Recession Heaters. I am saving money by keeping the heating low, but staying warm! And they are dead easy to make. You can make small ones and use them in your pockets to keep your hands warm. And you can use wheat, or split peas, or rice.... just for heaven's sake do not use corn!
Let me know if you need a tutorial!