Just in time for Valentine's Day! My newest design, "Beloved". Combining simple embroidery and sewing, making a gift for a loved one couldn't be simpler! I've included a tag with directions for use, ready to print and attach. Pattern is now available in my Craftsy shop, here:
But if you don't want to embroider on your rice bag cover, I'm going to show you how I make a plain one! Microwave rice bags are something we use around here all year long. I have terrible arthritis in my neck - and after a day of stitching, it hurts! The rice bag gives off a lovely moist heat, and boy does it help. For myself, I make it without a cover, but when I want to get fancy and make one for a gift, I definitely make a cover! (All directions for the embroidered cover are in the pattern.)
You'll need two 6" x 15" pieces of fabric for the rice bag itself. Stitch around 3 sides, leaving one short side open.
Turn right side out, and press. Fold under about a half inch hem on the open side, and press.
Cut a corner in your bag of rice, and pour into the open end of the bag. You'll need three hands. It can get a little tricky to keep it off the floor! Fill it up to about 4 inches from the top. If you'd like, you can hold the bag closed while laying it on your neck, to see how heavy it is - too heavy, let some rice out. This amount works fine for me.
Keeping the rice away from the opening, topstitch the opening closed.
And there you go, your rice bag is done! Microwave for about two minutes on high. Do a test - my microwave is small, and not terribly powerful. I suggest 30 second increments to find the proper time.
To make a washable cover, cut two pieces 6.5" x 17". You'll make it the same way, but make sure to fold your hem under twice, and don't stitch it closed - use your free arm to stitch around it. If you don't have a free arm on your sewing machine, you can stitch the hem first, before sewing up the sides.
Now how easy-peasy is that! I made this one for my mum, and boy does she love it. I had purchased this fabric years ago, knowing she'd love it, but never found just the right thing to make for her. Well, this was it! Pretty, right?
Now for you ladies down under, you may not want to make a rice bag, as I believe it's pretty warm down there right now - but how about stuffing with polyfill and making a pretty little neck pillow? You could even add some lace around the outside. I'd love to see that!
That's it for me today - I'll be posting again soon, I have some things to show you! Right now I need to borrow mum's rice bag and put it on my neck, lol...writing patterns all day also makes my neck ache! See you soon,