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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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    Quote Originally Posted by lovingmama
    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.
    Thank You lovingmama, exactly what I was looking for.

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    I have only used rice but i have heard of people using buckwheat and corn and such. I would check and make sure the flannel is 100% cotton. you don't want it to catch fire or melt when it is heated up. a very very very bad thing.

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    I have used rice, flax seed, and have one with feed corn.
    I use a 100% cotton fabric to make the bag, then I make a pretty "pillow case" cover for it. That way it can be washed easily if it gets soiled.
    If you are concerned about bugs and such, simply put a bay leaf in with the rice, etc. I usually break my bay leaf into smaller pieces too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariposa
    I have used rice, flax seed, and have one with feed corn.
    I use a 100% cotton fabric to make the bag, then I make a pretty "pillow case" cover for it. That way it can be washed easily if it gets soiled.
    If you are concerned about bugs and such, simply put a bay leaf in with the rice, etc. I usually break my bay leaf into smaller pieces too.
    Good idea about the bay leaf, I have put them on the pantry shelf to repel bugs. Does it give off a smell when heated?

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    We love our rice bags! Aches and pains, cramps, stiff shoulder, cold feet, you name it and our bags get used.

    I've made several shapes. Squares about 8" work well for knees, rectangles work well for the back or feet. For neck ones, I sew channels into a longer, more narrow tube so that the rice doesn't end up all in one place.

    If you use field corn, make sure you get cleaned corn (this has had the loose chaff and small pieces of dried cob) to reduce possibility of fire.

    Using muslin, I make a bag the size desired, then make a pretty outer case; this makes it easier to keep clean. Your fabric is very pretty!

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    *The bay leaf smell is not too much. It does if you happen to get the bag wet!
    Do get the feed corn from a feed store or a grange supply etc.
    Bags can be made in all kinds of sizes~

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    I use dry corn. I get it at the feed store, or you can find it in the pet supplies, sold as squirrel feed. for me the corn holds the heat longer. I'm thinking it would be nice to some pillow case for the bags. it make easy to wash and can make some fun one for the kids. It is on my someday list.

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    Thank you all for the information. I got all the squares cut for the rag quilt this morning, not to get busy sewing.

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    I make mine in 3 sections to each section I add 1 cup of rice and 2 tbsp of pickling salt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt queen 2
    I make mine in 3 sections to each section I add 1 cup of rice and 2 tbsp of pickling salt.
    What does the pickling salt do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoriEl
    Quote Originally Posted by quilt queen 2
    I make mine in 3 sections to each section I add 1 cup of rice and 2 tbsp of pickling salt.
    What does the pickling salt do?
    Spice up your life? :) :wink: :-P

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    I make my rice bags with muslin for the inner; then use 100% cotton for the "pillowcase". I'm sure flannel would do great for the outside. I also add lavender sometimes; gives a good smell.

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    made some with rice and most with flax seeds. family/friends preferred the flax seed filled bags - same heat experience but much softer on the back / feet / shoulders.

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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'd think corn would not be comfortable. You don't ever feel the sharp ends?

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    Now don't laugh... Or maybe you should... I used bird seed! The kind you get at Lowes. It is clean, bug free, and extremely aromatic, when misted with water and microwaved for 20 seconds, it is awesome!

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