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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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    I've made them in all sizes too. from 3x5" to great big ones.. and I've mostly used cracked corn, but there are a number of grains you can use.

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    We make barley bags out of those gray socks with the reds tips ( sock monkey socks ) Heat in micro wave for a minute and wrap around your neck or whatever. :D

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    That looks good, thanks for posting the link. I know someone who can use that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    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.
    Yes, the flannel cover is removable. That way it keeps the inside bag clean and the flannel can be washed.
    Thanks for the heads up on the burn danger, though!

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    Yes, it can be used for hot or cold. I'm going to make more. One for the freezer. I am also going to be making some for gifts.

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    It seems that we all use a different material to fill them with. I fill mine with flax seed and a drop or two of a fragrance essence.

    I made ten sets of two one year as gifts at christmas and they are a super big hit! Mine goes into the microwave for only 30 seconds and stays warm for about thirty minutes or so. One was shaped larger for knees and elbows as a rectangle and the other was u-shaped for around the neck. Both were made into a muslin pillow bag and then slipped into a medium weight fuzzy knit floral fabric. I can't think of the name of it, but simular to what a nigntgown is made of. (Not flannel, but a knit like that) I went to the dollar store and found coordinating jelly plastic pails to match and placed the essence,bath salts, shea butter, lotion, powder and bags in there. It made it really special to give. Kind of a aroma therapy heat pail.

    I still have mine. It has been used and used for many people's aches, pains and sprains. I keep it under the counter in the kitchen near the microwave to keep it handy.

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    We need these now

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    Thanks for bringing this back up Knot Sew. I have aches and pains that could use one of these!

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    I had one and it got bugs in it :shock: maybe the rosemary will keep them out. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    I had one and it got bugs in it :shock: maybe the rosemary will keep them out. :lol:
    :thumbdown: That's awful!

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    make sure you micro-wave it on a regular basis...no bugs :wink: :wink: I have a big square one for a foot warmer..... My grandkids like to hug them after sliding :thumbup:...I don't know why but they provide moist heat...which is not so messy as warm cloths

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    They last a long time and are very comfortable.

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    I have mine out and using them regularly :D:D:D
    Big, small, tubes, you can custom make them for different areas of your body. Heat a larger one and toss it at the foot of your bed (or a couple in a line) under the covers and have a toasty warm bed to crawl into :D:D:D
    Mine get microwaved regularly and I have never had a critter problem with the rice :wink:

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    RedGarnet222- do you have to bake the flax seed??

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    Funny you should mention this, I'm making several today for gifts for my MIL neighbors. They've invited me to their "Girls Holiday Party". I make mine about 4" wide (finished) by WOF with a 45 degree angle at the ends so it looks like a scarf when draped around then neck. I also sew channels across about 3 1/2" apart to keep the rice from bunching up. I've already made several as gifts for people and they always are appreciative. Thanks for the heads up on the flannel though, I was going to try making some from flannel and didn't even think about it having a problem in the microwave.

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