This is a universal item that everyone should have in their homes….its a heating pad when needed…it can be an ice pad…It can help achy joints or take care of any boo boo …. it can come in any size….shape…pattern…the list is endless. And what makes me think of it is my daughter needed one this morning for her knee. I am assuming she slightly twisted it yesterday somehow….but this morning she was dying or so she thought…So a quick minute and a half in the microwave and after ten minutes of a hot pad on it…she is now up and around like nothing ever happened….
You can get fancy with a rice bag and make a sectioned one so that its better fitting for the neck….or you can use any scrap fabric and make one….you can even go on ETSY and order one if you prefer that method also….but its one of the things that I think every house should have….I think we have about 6….in random sizes and patterns!!!
Make a Rice Filled Heating Pad
Small amount of patterned fabric of your choice (1/4 yd. would be PLENTY), prewashed and preshrunk
Small amount of white cloth, such as muslin (1/4 yd. would be PLENTY)
Thread to match your fabric
Ruler -or- a measuring tape and anything with a straight edge
Rice, 1 ½ cups
From the printed fabric cut one rectangle that is 5″ x 13″. Cut two rectangles that are 5″ x 8″ each. On a smaller rectangle, turn down a short edge about 3/8″ to 1/4″ and press with iron. Turn down fold once more and press again. Using matching thread, top stitch fold to create hem. Repeat with other short rectangle.
Place larger rectangle, right side up, on table and then place one short rectangle, right side down on top of it, with the unfinished short side to the left, lined up with an unfinished short side of the larger rectangle. This should place the hemmed edge of the small rectangle about 7 1/2″ away from the right end of the long rectangle. Pin in place.
Place other short rectangle right side down on top of both rectangles, with the unfinished short side to the right, lined up with the unfinished short side of the larger rectangle. This should place the hemmed edge of the top rectangle about 7 1/2″ away from the pinned left end of the previous two pieces of fabric. Pin in place.
Stitch all the way around the pinned rectangles, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Because these items will get a lot of handling, I have been reinforcing these seams with a zigzag stitch over the straight stitching. Once all four sides have been stitched, trim corners slightly and turn the cover right side out and use the point of the scissors or a knitting needle to push out the corners. Press with iron. The result should look something like a small, long pillow sham.
From the white cloth cut two rectangles, 5″ x 13″ each. If the fabric has a “right” side, place the rectangles right sides together. Using white thread, sew down one long side, across a short side and down the other long side. Use about a 1/2″ seam allowance on this inner bag so that it will be slightly smaller than the cover. (Because these will get a lot of handling I’ve been going over my straight stitch with a zigzag stitch to reinforce the seams.) Once the three sides have been sewn, fill the sleeve with rice as desired. A canning jar funnel works very well for this. It should have plenty, but not be so full that the bag is no longer able to be molded around neck, arm, leg, etc. Carefully tuck in the edges of the final side and sew the sleeve shut, again making a reinforced seam.
Carefully insert the filled rice bag into the cover. To use, heat the bag, with or without the cover on, in the microwave for a minute or so. The cover may be removed and washed. The inside rice bag should not be washed, but it will last for quite a long time. However, it will probably become discolored from repeated heatings. The rice will also take on cooked, kind of nutty aroma. (Some people also put lavender buds in with the rice)