Lavender Vanilla Rice Heat Pack9:42:00 PM
I wanted to do this rice heating pad over the weekend, but then I got sick--fever, chills, cough. And then, somehow, while sick, I hurt my neck. So I really need to be able to have a rice heat pack for my neck--you know, a heating pad that isn't attached to the wall--but I was hurting too bad to try to make one! Oh, the irony! But now I seem to be on the mend--both the cold and the neck injury--and now I can make this heat pack.
While I was laid up, I was able to do some research, and I assure you I am not the first person to come up with a rice heating pad. My design is similar to an image I found via pinterest with a link to www.thegreenwife.com. But the link didn't work for me--it appears to be broken, so I took a look and developed my own version. I have made it a little different from the picture: first of all, it is a little longer and thinner since my neck pains sometimes go down my arm--I wanted some more flexibility. But the more important difference in my mind is that instead of taking two pieces of material and sewing all around, I am taking one piece of fabric and folding it in half lengthwise. Why? First of all, I wanted as few places as possible for rice to escape--I figured whole fabric worked better at that. Second, and more important to me, on my last craft post I shared how my sewing machine and I are fighting. I wanted to sew as little as possible to get this project done!
Here's the materials:
a piece of tightly woven material, 9 inches by 22 inches
scent (I chose lavender vanilla, but craft stores have all kinds, chose one you like)
various sewing tools: sewing machine, pins, hem gauge
Make sure that you press your fabric before starting. It will help with the measuring, pinning, and the sewing. I also went ahead and folded the fabric in half lengthwise and pressed it again to get a crease where the bottom of the heat pack will be.
First take the two long sides and hem them--I did about a 1/2 inch hem.
Fold the fabric longwise so that the right side of the fabric is on the inside.
Sew a seam along each of the short sides. Snip the corners of your seam and then turn it right side out. You will now have something that resembles a very short pillowcase. Measure the fabric in the long direction and divide it into four sections--I used a pin to mark the lines. Sew these lines so you now have four little pockets.
Take the rice and mix in some of the scent. I used about 3 cups of rice and I didn't want it to smell to strongly, so I used 3 drops.
Fill the pockets of your fabric with rice--but not too full--you want the rice pack to give some when its closed, not feel like a rock!
Once you have a section filled with the rice, hold it closed with some binder clips until you can sew it closed.
Just simply run a seam down the open end.
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