Getting into a cold bed is no fun, but electric blankets can cost you a pretty penny. Instead, why not try your hand at making your own bed warmer that you can slip under the covers at night?

Here’s what you’ll need to make Northern Cheapskate’s version:

  • A piece of fabric that responds well to heat (like cotton or flannel)
  • Muslin
  • A sewing machine (or a needle and thread)
  • Rice, beans, corn or buckwheat
  • Dried lavender (optional)

Once you make your warmer, all you have to do is heat it in the microwave for 3 minutes to use as a warmer to heat your bed or for 2 minutes if you want to apply it to sore muscles. You could also use it as a cold pad for injuries and such by placing it in the freezer for an hour or two before using.

For the full tutorial with pictures of each step, head over to Northern Cheapskate’s How to Make a Bed Warmer or Hot/Cold Pad.