These are so handy to have on hand, and give as gifts that I have some patterns and tutorials of how you can make them up quick. The beautiful part is you don’t have to have to be much of a sewer; actually, I have a TWO NO-SEW microwave heating bags so everyone can make these!
You will love having this on hand for: headaches/migraines, on your jaw if you have tmj, menstrual cramps, to help ease the pains of arthritis, general body aches, bumps and bruises, even to warm up after being outside on a cold day.
From the freezer they are great for: sprains, bumps, bruises, and anytime a cold press is helpful. So come along and let’s make up some very easy sew OR no-sew rice bags.
Also, if you have pets to warm up, or I even read that some mom’s use these against the tummy of a colicky baby for quick relief (check with your doctor on this one first please and do not warm too much of course), these work wonders!
TIP*** When heating the rice bag, not matter what kind you make here, place in the microwave along WITH a cup of water (this will provide moist heat and prevent the rice from scorching in the microwave) and heat for approx. 1-3 minutes. Shake to distribute the heat and make sure it is not too hot before giving to a child particularly.
For cold packs, place in freezer for at least 45 minutes to allow time for the rice to chill thoroughly.
If you make the rice bags too small, they will lose the heat or chill quickly.
You have the option of putting different fragrances in your rice bag such as:
- Essential oils
- Dried cloves
- Rose Petals
- Other spices you enjoy
You can fill your bags with other fillers besides rice such as:
- Rice – brown, Jasmine (oh, the smell when heated would be divine!), any type
- Flax seed – not ground, but the whole seed
- Feed corn
- Beans – I would stick with small for easier molding around your body
Fabrics to use:
- Really anything can be used, but soft is better so it is comfortable to hold against your skin
- Terry cloth or even old towels
- Baby Leg Warmers
NO-SEW SOCK RICE BAG
Any long sock you desire. A tube sock without a heel works well. This is a fabulous way to use up those stray long toe socks, dad’s tube sock, holiday or decorated socks – any will do.
Essential oil or scents if desired
Toilet paper roll, paper plate or funnel
Using a toilet paper roll and a paper plate as a funnel, Or a funnel, fill the sock about 1/3 full of rice.
Tie in a knot securely.
When heating, place in the microwave with a cup of water and heat for 1-3 minutes. Shake to distribute heat and see if it needs to warm a bit longer. Since there are two, keep one in the freezer.
I happened to get some of these on a fantastic sale and look what I made! You can do the same with baby leg warmers you might have around your house, or that you find on clearance at the store too. This is slick and takes about 5 minutes!
NO-SEW RICE BAG MADE FROM BABY LEG WARMERS
Baby Leg Warmers
Toilet paper roll or funnel
Tie one end of the baby warmer tightly with bakers twine.
Using a toilet paper roll Or a funnel, fill the sock about 1/2 full of rice.
Tie the other end closed with a knot securely.
KIDS HOT & COLD RICE BAG
Flannel 14″ to cut 2 pieces 7″x 8″
Thread to match
Paper and tape to make a funnel
On following tutorial
When heating, place in the microwave with a cup of water and heat for 1-3 minutes. Shake to distribute heat and see if it needs to warm a bit longer. Optional – keep one in the freezer.
Instructions for the following Rice Bags pictured below. I have a couple of sizes to give you options so you can see what will work best for your needs. The long tube for your neck, the small for on the jaw or head and the larger on the back or shoulders would be perfect.
(Same directions as shown in tutorial of Kids Rice Bag)
- For the Blue and White Diamond pattern I cut two pieces of flannel 9″ x 6″
- For the Moon and Stars pattern I cut two pieces of flannel 6″ x 4 1/2″
- For the White with fun color patterned long tube shape I cut two pieces of flannel 16″ x 3″
Thread to match
Paper and tape to make a funnel or funnel
Place fabric with right sides together and pin.
Sew all the way around leaving a 4″ opening.
Trim the corners.
Turn right side out, pulling the sides out. Using the seam ripper pull out the corners, carefully, not to rip or tear the fabric.
Fill with rice about 1/3 full.
Either slip stitch the opening, careful to make sure it is tight and close stitches so the rice doesn’t fall out. OR sew on the outside using the sewing machine.
When heating, place in the microwave with a cup of water and heat for 1-3 minutes. Shake to distribute heat and see if it needs to warm a bit longer. Optional – keep one in the freezer.Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016
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