Winter is not my favorite season. I do not really like the cold and one of the worst parts (in my opinion) is having to climb into a cold bed at night. We’ve remedied this over the years by making Warming Rice Bags…actually they were Warming Rice Socks as we simply took an old (hole-free) mens’ sock and filled it with rice. Then we pop it into the microwave for 2 minutes and toss it into our beds prior to our arrival.
|I’m actually warming my feet with this one as I type.|
A lady at our church makes much prettier ones and gives them as gifts so I thought I would continue practicing my new found sewing hobby and make a pretty one too. This is what I did:
I took an old t-shirt and cut out 2 8 inch x 8 inch squares. I sewed them inside-out on 3 sides and then turned them back right-side out.
Next, I filled my bag with 3 cups of regular white rice and then sewed the top closed.
I made a cover for the rice bag so if when it got dirty, I could just take it out and toss it in the washer.
This is what I did for the cover. I cut out a 9 inch x 21 inch rectangle of the pretty material I selected. I hemmed around the whole thing (not sure if hem is the right word…I’m still learning the sewing lingo).
Next, I folded up one end 8 inches and sewed both sides (inside out to hide the seam).
This top part then needed a quarter inch adjustment so I folded it over and hemmed it again.
Finally I added velcro to close up the rice bag cover. Just a hint…don’t try to add velcro with adhesive on the back…#1 It won’t stick to material #2 It will clog your sewing needle while you try to sew it on…urggg!!!
Finally, just warm your rice bag, place it in the cover, and you’re good to go!
And there you have it…a nice Warming Rice Bag. Probably someone with more sewing experience may be able to explain the process better but that’s why I took lots of pictures!!
Either the sock or the bag does the trick. One may make a nicer gift though…you choose!