Happy Friday, crafty fans! I was working on cleaning my scrapbook area today when I realized “uh oh, I need to put up my blog project. I stopped cleaning and drug out my sewing machine. I haven’t used it in at least a year, so I had to remember how to get it threaded and fix the bobbin. I never was a good sewer. I honestly feel lucky if I get a straight line. I hope to learn more about sewing in the near future, but one step and one craft at a time! Today, as the title suggest, I’m showing you how I made my Heat/Cold Therapy Rice Pillows.
As the name suggests, you can either heat them in the microwave for a minute or two and then apply to sore muscles. You can also freeze one and use it where you would use a cold pack and of course they are reusable. This is a good project for beginner sewers as you really are just sewing straight lines and if they aren’t perfect. it really doesn’t matter. Mine sure weren’t perfect.
What you need:
- A piece of fabric cut 6x18inches. That will make a pillow that is 6×9 square. (I used a flannel piece I had from years back)
- Sewing machine and thread
- Dry white Rice, field corn or lentils to fill your bag. (I used about 1lb rice for one bag, but I could have done with a little less)
- You can also add lavender or other dried herbs/flowers if you have them on hand. I didn’t
- First, iron your fabric if needed. I didn’t need to iron mine.
- Cut your fabric into a 6in x18in piece.
- Fold it in half with RIGHT sides facing together.
- Pin the sides together to hold in place (I didn’t, but then again, I live dangerously)
- Sew around 3 sides and around 2/3 of the last side. You want to leave a hole for putting in the rice
- Take your scissors and trim any excess fabric around your project to about 1/4in (give or take). See how nice and not perfectly even my edges were? haha!
- Turn your little pillow right side out, poking out your corners as best you can
- carefully pour a little under a lb of rice into the bag. I made a huge mess until I got the bright idea to get a half piece of paper, roll it up, stick one end in the bag’s hole and poured my rice in that way. Woohoo, makeshift funnel!
- You want it to be half full MAX. You want the rice to have plenty of room to squish around. I actually ended up with mine a little full, but it was all good. I got two small pillows with some rice left over out of a 2lb bag of rice
- Tuck your frayed ends of your hole in, pinch together and sew it closed. Make sure to backstitch over the hole so it’s nice and secure.
- Flop your bag in half, trying to get half the rice on each side, with an empty spot in the middle.
- Use your sewing machine and sew down the middle, careful not to sew over any rice and break a needle! This was challenging for me, as I had so much rice in the bag. I ended up sewing half the line down the middle, cutting the thread and then sewing from the other side in. It worked, so I’m not complaining!
- and you’re done! You can make them in larger sizes, but I find these are a good size to tuck into bed on cold nights for those cold tootsies or to use when you just need a little warmth or cold. Sometimes, the big bags are too much. I actually have a large bag I bought at a craft fair right before Christmas this past year. It’s filled with feed corn and I like it, but I just don’t need that big of a warm spot/cold spot sometimes!
Enjoy! Have you made these? Would you like to? Any suggestions? Be sure to share in the comments. I love hearing from you guys. It makes me feel like I’m not talking to myself!
Until next time, happy crafting!