You can make your own heating pad with just a bit of cloth and dried beans. Yup, beans.
Here’s what you do:
1. Cut an old flannel shirt, jammies or drawers into an (approximately) 11" x 10" section–or two 11" x 5" sections. Fold and pin the large section in half–wrong sides together OR pin the two sections wrong sides together.
2. Make a ‘pillow’ by sewing closed the open edges (with a sewing machine or by hand) leaving about a two inch opening on one side.
3. Turn pillow inside right.
4. At the opening, fill the pillow with dried beans. Any kind will do–I’d suggest the cheapest small to mid-sized beans you can find.
5. Hand sew the opening closed.
To use as a heating pad, toss your bean bag in the microwave for about a minute. Check the heat. If it’s warm enough, use it. If not, give the bag a shake and put it back in for 30 seconds. Repeat every 30 seconds as needed.
You can make your heating pad any size you want, but I found this size uses one typical bag of beans just perfectly. Also, if you don’t want to use beans, you could try rice as well. And, if you don’t have anything flannel in the house, use an old sweat shirt or even an old towel or washcloth (which you wouldn’t even have to cut). It would be a great accompaniment to your shapeable ice pack!