DO IT YOPURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To provide pain relief for individuals with arthritis or muscle pain or stiffness. This heating pad is created using a dish towel or hand towel to create an outer case (the towel is cut in half, so one towel can be used to make two pads) and filling it with uncooked rice and dried lavender or other potpourri, if desired. When complete, the pad can be heated in a microwave for three to four minutes to provide moist heat. This article, included in a chapter entitled "Bedroom & Getting Dressed," includes complete instructions with illustrations. MATERIALS: Hand towel or dish towel, approximately 15 x 24 inches, two pounds of uncooked white rice, and two tablespoons of dried lavender or other potpourri (optional). TOOLS: Scissors, needle and thread or sewing machine, an a funnel (for filling case). SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing skills. AUTHOR: Greenstein, D. TITLE: Hot Pad. BOOK: Easy Things to Make to Make Things Easy: Simple Do-It-Yourself Home Modifications for Older People & Others with Physical Limitations. REF: Cambridge, Massachusetts: Brookline Books: p 22. PAGES (including cover) 2. 1997.