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Awesome gift for yourself or someone else (helps sore muscles!)

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 12:56 AM
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I actually make and sell things similar to this but this tutorial is so easy I thought I'd pass it on!

Simple Winter Sewing Project: Hot Rice Bags

November 28th, 2009

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Cloth bags of heated grain are great for warming the bed or soothing sore muscles–much cozier than hot water bottles, and a nicer quality of heat.  I kept seeing them in boutique shops with shocking price tags, and whenever I asked what the bags were filled with, the shop proprietors would say it was a secret.   But one day a few years ago I saw one that had a suspicious little pile of rice in its packaging, and as soon as I got home I whipped up a bag for myself using rice from the pantry, and added a fleece cover while I was about it (no wonder the filling was a secret–who would pay $30 for a little bag of rice?).  I made one for each of us, and for my mom and dad and sister and in-laws and sundry friends.  We don’t know how we survived past winters without them.  At our house we put the warmed bags into the bed a few minutes before we crawl in ourselves. It makes such a huge difference.  These make great simple, handmade gifts, and you probably already have everything you need to stitch a few up.  Here’s what you do:

With a piece of standard copy paper as your pattern, cut two 8 1/2 x 11″ pieces  of cotton (muslin or calico works great).  Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew them together on three sides, wrong sides out.

Clip corners, turn, and press.  Fold the top edge in 1/2″ and press.

Add 5 cups of dry rice.  Any kind will work–I just use whatever’s cheapest in the bulk bins at the local coop.

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Pin, and stitch 1/4″ from the edge.  You will want to hold the heavy bag up with one hand as you sew.

Ricebag-sew

It’s nice to make the bag a cover–keeps it clean, and fleece feels so good.  Cut one piece of fleece 12 1/2 x 20 inches.  Finish the ends:  turn one of the short ends in 1/4″, and stitch.  Turn the other end under 1″ and stitch close to cut edge.  Topstitch 1/4″ inside of first stitching, if you like (this will be the side that shows on the outside).

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With right side in, fold the end with the wider, topstitched hem up 5 3/4″ , and the side with the narrow hem down 4 3/4 “.  The edges will overlap in unequal thirds.

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My mother gave me this pin cushion when I was seven. She made it when she was a Brownie, just seven years old herself. Sometimes a little of the sawdust filling comes out, but I love it.

Stitch the sides, clip the corners, and turn right side out. Slip the rice bag inside and you’re done!

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Take the cover off to heat the bag in the microwave.  We usually heat ours for between 2 and 2 1/2 minutes–the time will vary according to your own oven.  The first couple of times you heat it, the bag will smell like cooking rice, but this is temporary–if the bag is a gift, you may want to heat it a couple of times before you give it, so your friend won’t be alarmed.  But don’t let the bag get wet before you heat it, or the rice really could cook, and then molder (this has never happened to me, but it could, don’t you think?).

Use the bag to warm the bed, snuggle it while reading on a cold winter’s night, or apply to tense, sore muscles.  Enjoy!

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joget

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lady_kira
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 12:59 AM

 Is that what was inside my wonderful cat that smelled of lavender? I miss that "rice bag" cat....

i.heart.rachel
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:00 AM


Quoting lady_kira:

 Is that what was inside my wonderful cat that smelled of lavender? I miss that "rice bag" cat....

Oh I love putting lavender in them. And for when you get all sniffly, put eucalyptus or just any type of mint.. it is AWESOME.

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ZBandMom
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:01 AM

 My neighbor makes these in a couple different sizes and they are wonderful.  She makes a long one, maybe 12" long, to wrap around the back of your neck. 

roxymama2three
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:01 AM

lol I saw this and thought christmas presents :) to bad I can't sew

SareyF
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:02 AM
I wish I had one right now! Another project on my to-do list.
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lilywitch
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:03 AM

You can put menthol and camphor crystals in them as well!

abstractmommy
by Ruby Member on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:05 AM
Bump!!
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Skys_mommy86
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:07 AM
Yes!


Quoting SareyF:

I wish I had one right now! Another project on my to-do list.

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ruejacobs
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:08 AM

years ago i bought some cutesy funky printed sock and filled them with rice.

i got the idea from a coworker who had a sore back. her dr recommended it and she was heating it up at work during break.

they're great for cramps during your cycle.

they make excellent bedwarmers.

and they work fantastic when you are fostering small animals like kittens, too.



chris-t-lynn
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:10 AM

BUMP!

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