Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rice Pack Warmer Tutorial

Are you still looking for last minute gifts for the holiday season?  Check out this thoughtful yet quick gift tutorial. As soon as I made one of these for myself, I started using it.  I warm it up quite a few times during the day.  I have used it on my feet, shoulder, and even when I get cramps.  I absolutely love it, and can't wait to give it as a gift.  It's super easy to make and only takes a few materials.  I got this fabulous tutorial at V and Co.

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10 oz. Rice

Fat Quarter of Muslin (Fat quarter measures 18 x 22)
Fat Quarter of chosen fabric (I used flannel for all of mine, it's much softer and cozier!)
Basic sewing supplies

Start by cutting your muslin into two 14 x 7 rectangles.

Using a 1/4 in. seam allowance, sew around the edges of your muslin leaving one short side (7 in.) open.

Trim your corners, and flip the bag inside out.

Fill your bag with about 1 pound 10 ounces of rice.

 Fold the raw edge inward, and sew bag shut.

 Your rice bag should look like this when finished, set this aside for later.

Next, cut your fabric into 3 pieces.  14 x 7, 10 x 7, and 8 x 7.

Take the two shorter pieces of fabric, and fold over 1/4 inch once (on one of the 7 inch side) and press with an iron.  Repeat the fold so that no raw edge is showing. (This will be the back of your slip cover.)

 Next, sew the fabric to create a finished edge.

Layer your fabric with the 14 x 7 piece right side up and the two shorter pieces right side down.

Pin in place.

Using a 1/4 in. seam allowance, sew around the edge.

Back stitch over your finished edge parts, as this will be a stress point.

Once sewn, clip the points off of each corner.

Flip your  cover inside out.

Slide your rice sack into the slip cover, warm it up for 2 minutes in the microwave, and get all toasty.

Here are two other versions I made.

Seriously, this is an easy project to make for yourself or someone special.  The hubs is asking why I haven't made him one yet!

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  1. I love this ! ! I have several of them and wouldn't be without them.... And they also make wonderful all occasion gifts too ! Because sometime or other we all need a hot pack or cold compress. They are good for heat or cold - just keep one in the freezer....

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