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Thread: Rice/? bag help and ideas

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    Senior Member lvaughan's Avatar
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    I am making my mom a rag quilt and have enough flannel left to make her a rice/? warming bag. Pic of flannel below. My question to those that have made these and have experience using different fillings--what have you found to be the best filler as far as retaining heat, being insect/rodent free and the most comfortable? My mom gets very cold feet that she says seems as if she just can't warm through the cold months. She also has nerve sensitivity in her feet, covers seem too heavy. I want to make this for warming her feet--any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Edit-I found a poem that was used with the warming bags a while ago and can't find it now-does anyone have the poem or know where I can find it?
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    Is she diabetic? If so be very careful, she could burn herself and not even know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    Is she diabetic? If so be very careful, she could burn herself and not even know.
    No, as far as never being diagnosed as being diabetic.

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    I've used both rice and flax seed in the ones that I've made for my husband. Both have worked well and we've not had any trouble with rodents, but that could have something to do with the dog and cats :)

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    I used rice many times and never had any problems with it. Should you think the heat may be to hot or to close to her skin, wrap it in a small towel first. That way she still has the warmth, just not directly on her skin.

    It's very nice for you to keep your Mama warm. It will remind her of your loving, warming heart.

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    I have only used rice, becareful not to over heat them in the microwave because they can burn. You have to work at it, I have only done it once. I haven't tried flax seed. Field corn holds the heat best and the longest. However, I think it is very attractive to bugs, rodents. So I just stick with rice. I like fleece when making rice bags, so nice and soft.

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    Whatever you use, if you add some dried lavender or other sweet smelling herbs she will have an added bonus when she heats it. I have one that is rather long and is sewn in sections. I mostly use it around my neck. However the idea of the sections is great because it keeps the filling from all going into one big lump. By the way, your fabric is really attractive.

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    dried corn - not popcorn. I have a great article on why and how to use feed corn and I've made lots of bags with it. I'll be happy to send the pdf file if you pm me. I checked the website diamondthreadworks.com where I got it and it's no longer there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laralea
    dried corn - not popcorn. I have a great article on why and how to use feed corn and I've made lots of bags with it. I'll be happy to send the pdf file if you pm me. I checked the website diamondthreadworks.com where I got it and it's no longer there.
    I used regular popcorn with great success...only take 1 minute to heat it up...if any kernels pop...you get aromatherapy too!

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-114384-2.htm


    The poem you where looking for, go to the second page and look at rannyof3 she posted it.

    I hope you'll like it.

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