Goldilocks in Winter

It’s not quite winter but nights are getting colder and falling asleep is more difficult because the sheets are icy when I first get into bed. I have tried an electric blanket and electric mattress pad but they were too hot. I have tried different nightwear but these were too cold. I have been searching for the ‘just right’ solution and finally found one…a bed warmer. No, I am not talking about my husband. He’s cold too. I am talking about an actual bed warmer.

I got the idea from something my dad said long ago. He slept on the unheated second floor of an old farm house. Heat from the wood burning stove on the main level was supposed to rise up through the second level floor grates (which he liked to remove and jump through). Well, at least that was the premise. Dad said he froze his tush off. Dad fondly recalled his mom heating bricks and placing them under his covers before he went to bed. The warmth from those bricks made bedtime possible.

Flash forward 70 years. While we have heated homes and our discomfort is not comparable, I am freezing my tush off when I first get into bed. I thought about heating bricks and then remembered we are in the 21st century, surely we can update the brick solution. I came across a website with instructions for making a ‘new age’ bed warmer. This I had to try.

The first thing I needed to do was purchase a 50 pound bag of feed corn. Yes, both statements are correct. 50 pounds. Feed corn. This past Saturday I asked my husband to go with me to the local Farm and Fleet. I am strong, but if I don’t have to lift a 50 pound bag on my own, I don’t. Our conversation went like this…

Me: “Will you run some errands with me this morning?”
Husband: “Where are you going?”
Me: “Farm and Fleet”
Husband: “Why are you going there?”
Me: “I need to buy some feed corn…”
Husband: “What?!?”
Me: “for the bed warmers.”
Husband: “Come again?”
Me: “I need the corn for the bed warmers I am making so we won’t be cold at night.”
Husband: “That doesn’t…”
Me interrupting: “You can’t stop me. You can’t change my mind. So are you coming or not?”

Now that is the benefit of being married 31 years. He had only two choices, to come with me or stay home. He is the love of my life and he stopped questioning me and actually drove the car. I didn’t tell him we had to purchase a 50 pound bag until we were beyond the point of no return in our journey. I am happy to say I was able to quickly distract him with other topics.

It turns out the most difficult part of this project was purchasing the feed corn. The rest was easy. I found directions for making my bed warmer at make-it-do.com. I used scrap fabric from my pile at home and the actual sewing took about 15 minutes.

Last night we tried it out. It was wonderful. We were warm and snuggly with the side benefit of our bedroom smelling like popcorn. Evidently I have enough feed corn to make 17 to 25 bed warmers. Guess what everyone on my list is getting this Christmas.

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18 comments on “Goldilocks in Winter

  1. This is such a good idea! And im sure it will make great christmas gifts! :)

  2. Elyse says:

    What a wonderful idea — I’d love to find one of those in my warm stocking!

    You might consider making it a business. My dog has arthritis and we bought (because I believed my 7th grade sewing teacher when she told me I was stupid) a rice-filled thing-y. We pop it into the freezer for a couple of hours and then put it on Cooper’s sore legs. He doesn’t generally notice it is there, and doesn’t eat it. If he changes his mind, it’s just rice.

    They charged $15 I think. I bet there would be a huge market for modern bedwarmers! You are amazing!

    • I had a 7th grade art teacher who told me I couldn’t draw… affected me forever. Still trying to get that voice out of my mind.
      The make-it-do website said you could fill the bed warmer with buckwheat (where do you get that?), feed corn or rice. Feed corn was the cheapest so that is what I did. Hope Cooper is feeling better.

      • Elyse says:

        Actually, the other girl Mrs. Parker hated, whose name was Beverly, got back for all of us. She was standing next to Mrs. Parker who was nagging her incessantly as Beverly tried to get the top off the back of a seam-ripper. Beverly finally did, but in the process STABBED Mrs. Parker. The entire class cheered.

        It’s one of my fondest memories of Junior High …

  3. What a fabulous idea. How long should it be in the microwave? Will it work in reverse in the summer? i.e. freezer?

    I love your creativity!

    • It should be heated for 3 to 4 minutes, but no longer than 4 or you may actually get popcorn. And yes you can put it in the freezer too. We used it again last night and I kept telling my husband to thank me for his warm toes ;)

  4. Lori Franks says:

    This is too funny because my daughter and I just made some of these, but smaller. We made 3 foot long “tubes” and filled them with rice and a few drops of cinnamon scented oil. (A little goes a long way!) Anyhow you heat them up in the microwave for 3 minutes and you have a wonderful heating pad for backs, necks, feet, ect. I also thought of sticking them in the freezer for the reverse effect as oldgirlnewtrick suggested.

  5. RVingGirl says:

    Great post and super idea.
    What a great way to get into bed to watch movies…..the popcorn smell would be lovely.

  6. Lindsay says:

    I think the feed corn bed warmers are lovely. Really. But I want to go on record as having said- I do not want a feed corn bed warmer for Christmas. We actually heat our house. You do know we live in the Tundra right? You can turn your furnace on in November. :)

    ps Dad never had a chance.

  7. sheila7697 says:

    What a fun idea! We use an electric blanket and flannel sheets I bought from a catalog called Garnet Hill. The sheets were pricey but the flannel washes beautifully, has not shrunk, and is always a nice temperature, with or without the electric blanket turned on.

    I don’t sew, no machine, but I could hand stitch a couple of these…might have to try it. Thanks! ~ Sheila

  8. Flannel sheets sound snuggly and warm too.

  9. Tina says:

    Nice idea. I’m thinking just a drop of eucalyptus essential oil. Great for headaches or stuffy nose, and, I think would compliment the corn fragrance. Found you from Elyse.

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