Warm Toes


After 9 years of marriage, Hubby admitted to me that he didn’t like it when I wedge my freezing cold toes underneath his legs in the middle of the night.

In his opinion shoving cold, clammy, smelly and sometimes less-than-pedicured “hooves” underneath his warm butt is not considered “being affectionate”.

I rebutted that there are a lot of moves he makes that I don’t consider “affectionate” either – the hotbox for one – but that I still put up wi…. 
actually, I don’t put up with it.

Maybe he has a point.

I have this rice heating bag that I made last year.  

Make your own heating bag with rice and flannel

Nothing fancy.

Just something I can warm up and put over my shoulders, on my lower back or anyplace that’s a bit achey.

Lately, I’ve taken to putting it under the covers.

I thought, given the 6 more weeks of winter we have coming, it might be a nice tutorial to send out to all you other ‘Cold-toes’ out there.

You can make this any size you like, in any shape you like.

A heart might be cute for valentines.

The rectangle works for me because it is long enough to wrap around your neck or lay on your forehead, or cover your (lower) back.

The most important thing: make sure the cotton flannel you buy is 100% COTTON.

Any polyester blends will melt in the microwave and could possibly catch fire.

100% cotton okay?

The girls love their animal prints, so we went with cheetah for their rice bags.

Make your own heating bag with rice and flannel

  Turn it inside out and stitch along all sides leaving a small opening so you can fill it with rice.

Make your own heating bag with rice and flannel

 Turn it right-side out and then top stitch the same edges – again leaving the small opening.

Make your own heating bag with rice and flannel


Make your own heating bag with rice and flannel

I don’t find that typical funnels work very well for moving rice.
What works best for me is just a rolled up piece of paper.
This way you can gauge how big an opening you want to have to feed the rice through.

Make your own heating bag with rice and flannel
please forgive the blur, it was tough to hold and take the photo at the same time.

 Only fill it about 2/3’s the way full.  
You want to be able to move it and bend it to wherever you’re going to place it.

Make your own heating bag with rice and flannel

I just ran the opening under the sewing machine again to close it up and done!

Microwave on high for 1 minute:

Make your own heating bag with rice and flannel

 and there you have warm toes!

I nuke mine for 2 minutes and then put it in the bed, under the duvet, a few minutes before I’m ready to crawl in.

Happy Valentine’s Hubby!

Post script:  I’ve read some articles that have stated you can put essential oils in with the rice to get a nice relaxing scent.
It might work – but something about heat and oil together makes me nervous, so ours just smell like steamed rice.

Have a great one!

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  1. susiecue50 February 8, 2014 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    We brought down the rice bag you gave us for Christmas so will use it to warm up the bed.

    • Shelly February 9, 2014 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      Do you need to warm up the bed? I thought Texas was having a warm spell again?
      Glad that it’s getting put to good use though. Love you!

  2. SaPhia February 9, 2014 at 3:34 am - Reply

    I have used popping corn and dried beans with great results. They stay warm for a very long time. Good to know I can use rice also. :)

    • Shelly February 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      I’m surprised the popping corn doesn’t pop? Or the beans explode? Good to know I can use those for my next ones!
      Thanks for sharing.

  3. Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} February 10, 2014 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Yes please! My toes have been so cold this winter!

  4. Anonymous February 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Wheat is also a great filler. I love this–looks like a great sewing project for my home ec students!

    • Shelly February 16, 2014 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      Great idea! A super-easy beginner project . Send photos, I’d love to see all the patterns and colours that the kids choose!

  5. Anonymous February 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I left a comment but it didn’t ever appear! :o( I had said I loved this idea because even as I was leaving my comment, my feet were cold! Lol. What I was wondering was, about how long does it stay warm?

    Also, I had to use the Anonymous feature to leave a comment because I don’t have any of the other accounts. I’m glad you have it available! A lot of blogs don’t and you can’t leave comments.

    Thanks for sharing such a cute and useful project! ~ Jane

    • Shelly February 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      Thanks for checking it out!
      I nuke my rice bag for two minutes and put it under the duvet before I crawl in – I’d say it says warm for a good two hours, but keep in mind that’s trapped heat. I think if you were sitting with it on a sore back or neck (not under the blankets) you’d probably have a half hour or more?
      It’s going to depend on the temperature of your house as well. Tough to guesstimate – but I promise, it’ll be warm long enough to get those toes warmed up!
      Have a great one!

  6. Anonymous February 19, 2014 at 5:27 am - Reply

    Thanks for answering, Shelly. My sewing machine is on the fritz but as soon as I get it fixed, I’m making one of those bags.

    Love the blog. Glad I stumbled upon it. I’m so glad there are women like you out there who are willing to share their homes and decorating ideas, lifestyle tips, recipes, etc. I would be hopeless with a blog, but I love to look at them. Thanks again. ~ Jane

    • Shelly February 20, 2014 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      You are very kind – and I’m very grateful that you found the blog as well!

  7. Anonymous February 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Tried it! Wow, it worked really well and stayed warm for quite a while. The only drawback I found was that I think I burned the rice a little. Eek! It had a bit of a burned smell to it, lol. So I guess I’ll cut back on the time in the microwave. Love this idea! Just wanted you to know I actually got to try it. Thanks again. ~ Jane

    • Shelly February 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad you did! Don’t worry about the burned rice – if it keeps your feet warm and toasty they’ll probably leave a little foot smell on it anyways (I don’t think you can wash these with rice in them?) Burnt rice, foot sweat – all that matters is that you’re happy and warm!

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