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Thread: Rice bag...Dorothy of Kansas

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    ButtercreamCakeArtist's Avatar
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    Dorothy of Kansas sent me a link to directions for a rice bag that you use like a heating pad. I finally got to make one today. It was very fast to make. It was also very easy. I have it on my shoulder right now! It wasn't time for meds, so I had to do SOMETHING!
    I highly recommend that everyone have one of these! They'd make excellent gifts, too. I put rosemary in mine with the rice. I wanted lavender, but I couldn't find it.
    It's a muslin "bag" filled with rice and a flannel cover that you can take off and wash.
    Thanks for the directions for this, Woodie!

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    http://www.sewing.com/downloads/SNT4052_P2.pdf

    Rice bag is on page 4. You can use them hot or cold. Directions are included! :D

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    I used some green fabric instead of muslin for the actual bag. The outside is supposed to be flannel, and that's what I used. I didn't realize the fabric had a "pick" in it until it was finished.

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    We call them "wheat bags" here... and fill them with wheat rather than rice. Same thing though, I think.

    We are always told to never use flannel for the bag, only for a removable cover. Flannel should never be microwaved, it has a lower flash point than cotton I think, and is more likely to burn.

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    Hey, thanks, Miranda. I have been wanting a rice bag for some time now....it just never occurred to me that I might actually make one myself (Duh!) I had back surgery last year and have been doing fairly well up until a few months ago, so one of these bags would be very welcome. I printed out the instructions and will try to put one together tonight.

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    For a neck and shoulders one, make it longer then divide it with a straight seam into three segments. So put some rice/wheat in, sew that segment shut, fill the next bit, sew that shut, and once more for the last bit.
    Then you have a bag that sits on the back of your neck, with "arms" that sit across your shoulders. It's divine!
    A little hard to see... but if you look closely there's two lines of stitching seperating the wheat into sections.



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    They can be made and filled with field corn also! They are great for humans, but critters like them too! :lol: :lol:

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    they are awesome and like you said very easy to make.Just pop them in the microwave for a minute or two and instant warm relief for soreness and pain.I use Rice in mine

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    You can also pop them in the freezer and use as a cooling bag.

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    I have 6 of them in various sizes. I use the one for my neck and lap on evenings or morning when it is just a wee bit chilly but do not want to turn on the heater :wink: I like sewing the channels in them too, it really helps keep them from lumping up when you use them on your back. I have also sewn apron strings on one so that I have something to hold on to as I am getting it in place on my back. They also work well to stick in your bed 15-20 minutes before you go to bed, as a foot warmer :D

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