Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Rice Heat Bags

I've got a quick tutorial for you today. Rice Heat Bags. These little bags have been around forever. But for some reason we only had one. I decided that for Valentines, I'd use up some of my flannel and make each of the kids their own. That way they'll quit stealing mine. They are super easy.

Rice heat bags
You can make these any size you like. If you want to make them super easy just grab two pieces of fabric the same size. Sew them right sides together and leave a small opening. Fill with rice and hand stitch the opening closed.

I wanted to dress them up just a tiny bit, without making it too complicated so I added a strip of coordinating fabric. They match the pillowcases that I also made my kids for Valentines. I'll have a tutorial for that later this week.

Here's how I did it:

Step 1: Cut your fabric.
Main fabric cut three pieces to the following sizes:
13 1/2" X 13 1/2"
13 1/2" X 4"
13 1/2" X 10"
Accent fabric cut one piece:
13 1/2" X 2"

{Don't get confused by my fabric colors in step 1. I cut out the fabric one day and sewed them up another. I forgot which bag I was using for the tutorial}

Step 2: Press the accent fabric in half lengthwise.

Step 3: Place your 10" piece down right side up. Then add your accent piece on top with the opening up and the fold down. Place your 4" piece on the very top with right side down. Sew along the top with 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Step 4: This is the front. Press it flat and this is what it should look like at this point.

Step 5: Place your front and back pieces together, with right sides together. Sew all the way around with 1/4 inch seam allowance. Be sure to leave an opening 2-3 inches long for turning and filling.

Step 6: Clip the corners off.

Step 7: Turn right side out.

Step 8:  Fill with rice. I used about 10 cups per bag. Then hand stitch the opening closed.

To use: Place in microwave for 3-5 minutes. We place them under the covers to keep our feet warm on cold nights.

Do you have a rice bag? 

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