This was such a fun project to work on!
You all probably know the cherry stone pillows. You heat them up in the microwave and you can snuggle up to them :)
I always thought that cherry stone pillows aren't soft and cosy enough. And then I came across these sweeties! The basic idea is the same, but instead of cherry stones, you use rice to fill the cushion. It is ovenproof, microwave proof, if you do it right it is even more durable than cherry stone cushions.
I made these without a sowing machine, but it will be a lot easier to use one :p
First you make a cotton shape, sow it and stuff it with rice. Stuff it good, for that will improve the heat endurance of the cushion.
Then you will also want a cozy, snuggly cover for your cushion. I wanted to make them without buttons and zippers, for they only annoy me when snuggling. So, I took some fleece, and folded the cover with an overlap. That way you can easily take the cushion out to heat it, but you will still have the fleece covering the whole cushion.
And this is the end result! Even the cats and dog like to lay close to it :)
P.S. I also made one with cables, those are really nice when you have sore muscles. This one is without inner cushion, so just sow the fleece on one side, sew cables, and fill them with rice on the open side. Then fold it inwards, and sow it shut. Done :D Tip (something I should've done but didn't because of having no sowing machine available at that time): make the cables even smaller, it will be better for your muscles!