Friday, July 5, 2013

How to make a Rice Bag

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Christmas in July with
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Rice Bag

This is one of the things you think you will NEVER need or want  ! ! 
I need it and I want it. 
Make one for everyone and for yourself. 

It's simple white non-cooked rice in a bag, warm it in the Microwave and you have a heating pad. I use it all year around.

I like to use Flannel, but cotton and fleece work too
Cut  8 Flannel Squares - 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"
Cut 2 Cotton Squares 2 7/8' x 2 7/8"

Make Triangles - How to HERE

how to make a rice bag tutorial

You will have 16 squares

how to make a rice bag

Piece them into 4 rows, 4 in each row.

how to make a rice bag tutorial

Sew the rows together.
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For the Rice Bag

Cut a piece of fabric 9" x 28" 
Fold in half and press

how to make a rice bag

Sew both of the long sides together,

Using a 5/8" seam allowance

Turn the bag right side out, pull corners out and press

making a rice bag

Top Stitch 1/4" around sides, and bottom.

Fill bag with rice. (I use the cheapest I can find)

I put 6 Cuts of White right in mine (try it and add what you like)

Turn in the top edge and pin and top stitch across the top.
Mine is turned in about 2 inches. I like it firm.

how to make a rice bag

Cut 2 Flannel pieced 12" x 8 1/2" 
(if you didn't make you bag as firm add fabric to length here)

Sew one to each side

Press the edge under and fold over, press.

Top Stitch both sides.

how to make a rice bag tutorial

Fold one of the edges, right side to right side over to the center of the patchwork.

Fold the other edge over 1 1/4" and sew both of the sides closed.

Turn bag right side out.

Fill Flannel bag with Rice Bag

You can add a Velcro here to hold closed, BUT I leave it open,
so my foot can get inside of it in.... NOTHING better.

tutorial of how to make a rice bag

The Finished Rice Bag.

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  1. This is so much prettier than the ones I made out of some old flannel shirts! I used millet that my late husband got for me from some elevator around here.♥♫

  2. I have used flannel also, and make mine 17-20" long and 10-12" wide. Corn is also great for putting inside. The smell is just great in the kitchen when we heat them. Actually I make all sizes, even have a smaller one for my hand/wrist to rest on at the computer.
    I hope everyone tries them, you will love them. There are even some poems you can find on the internet to print and attach when giving as gifts.

  3. I was one of the hard sells for making these, "I don't need that ! " But with age and sore muscles I need it.


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