Sunday, January 9, 2011

Rice Bag

I love these! My Husband's favourite team is the Colts - hence the fabric. He stands the whole time he is at work and so his back is usually sore by the end of the day, and this rice bag makes a world of difference. One reason why a rice bag is better then just a little hot pack or hot blanket is because its moist heat. The moist heat penetrates all the way down to the muscles, which a hot blanket cannot do. It smells funny, but its worth it. 
But as for me I usually use it when I'm chilled down to my core, or also when I'm sore.

You'll Need:
Fabric
Scissors
Thread
Sewing Machine
Rice

Rice Bag:
1. Cut out two pieces of fabric. Both 14x10.
2. Put Right sides together and sew down three sides, and a little bit on the edges of the forth side. Leave your hole big enough to pour the rice in.
3. Pour your rice in, I used the standard bag from Walmart I think it was about one pound.
4. Sew across, to close up the hole. So now you should have a rice bag.

Rice Bag Slip Cover:
1. No for the cover, you will need to cut out three different pieces of fabric. A 14x10, 10x10, 7x10.
Your 14x10 will make up the front, and the two smaller ones will both make up the back.


2. Take your two small pieces and fold them over twice and sew down to make a nice finished edge.
3. Then lay the big piece facing up, and place the two smaller pieces facing down (right sides together), with the two finished seams in the middle.
4. Sew all the way around, and slip your rice bag into the cover.
5. Warm up those cold winter toes or sore muscles!


Finished product (please excuse the tacky apartment carpet!)


I chose to do a slip cover so that it could be washed. Trust me you'll want that option, after using it for a couple months it will need to be washed! Plus it's so quick.

When my husband opened this he had a huge grin and then ask "Where did you buy this?" Needless to say its a great home made gift. Its useful and hopefully they will think it's so amazing you bought it!
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