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A few years ago, I had a knee operation for the osteoarthritis in my knee. One of the things that really helped when it was hurting was heat. Electric heating pads are okay but not very portable. At that time, a coworker of my husbands made him a rice pack to give me to put on my knee. Heat it up for a few minutes i the microwave and presto!Instant heat. I loved it! Economical and green! Perfect. Since that time, I have made several of these in different sizes and have given them to family and friends. Here's a tutorial for those of you that want to make one for yourself or others. 1 kitchen towel (I picked one from Walmart for 98 cents) 1 bag of rice (not instant) scissors sewing machine Fold and cut in half. With right sides together (that's the 2 printed sides for those of you non sewers who don't know what that means) stitch on 2 sides. My picture shows contrasting thread so you can see the stitching. Turn inside out with the wide opening as shown. Fill about 1/4 of the bag with rice. You do not want it too full as remember it is going to need to lay on a knee or some other body part!Stitch close. You now have a heating bag. Heat in a microwave for 2 minutes or however hot or cool you like it. Be careful if you use on kids (of course)!. I have found Terry cloth kitchen towels work the best and are the best shape. If you want smaller bags you can cut in fours and follow the same directions. They could be used to warm up chilly hands , feet, etc!! Below is a picture of the one my husbands coworker made me years ago. She even included a small carrying bag!! Great gifts too. Or maybe a project for a Sunday school class. I'm sure those in nursing homes would appreciate such a thoughtful gift. Endless possibilities!! Enjoy!