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    I have never made the rice bags(heated in microwave) used to keep foods hot to take along .
    Do you just use cotton fabric and fill with dry rice?

    I am wondering if you could make them to fit under dishes when you serve buffet style so the food will stay hot?

    Has anyone made them?? If so, how long do you heat them up in microwave??

    Lots of questions here :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Margie
    I have never made the rice bags(heated in microwave) used to keep foods hot to take along .
    Do you just use cotton fabric and fill with dry rice?

    I am wondering if you could make them to fit under dishes when you serve buffet style so the food will stay hot?

    Has anyone made them?? If so, how long do you heat them up in microwave??

    Lots of questions here :)
    my MIL mad them with heavy-er weight cotton fabric.. Duck fabric?? not sure what its called but she made them in all different sizes and shapes.. they were/are awesome.. I think we heated them for 30 seconds..Didn't take long at all to heat up..

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    I use cotton flannel and fill with dry rice - but any material you aren't afraid to put in the microwave would probably work..

    I usually make them about 6" by 18" - big enough to go around my shoulders or waist to help an achy neck or back.

    I make a maze type of pattern in stitching it so the rice doesn't all lump together, but remains fairly evenly distributed.

    Time to heat in the microwave: 2 minutes - lasts between 20 - 40 minutes, depending on how cool you can stand it.

    2 minutes gets it too hot to handle, but it quickly cools down to reasonable. Sometimes I have to wrap it in a towel or use potholders when it first comes out of the microwave.

    After the 19th of this month, I can probably put a tutorial together on this, since it isn't that hard to do.

    I've made lots of them, and my kids and friends keep taking them. They can not be washed. You can keep on using it until you get a burnt toast smell out of the rice. It is normal to have a nutty smell when it comes out of the microwave. Very soothing.

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    i've used them on little critters when they've got chilled in winter

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    I made mine out of flannel and used cotton thread. You don't want to use anything but cotton to make these.
    Depending on how much rice you use, will determine how long they will stay hot.
    You may want to consider making a sleeve to slip them into, so that if there is a spill you are able to wash it.
    They won't keep a dish hot like a chafing dish will, but they do help to keep it warm. I have used them packed around a casserole dish while traveling to a dinner :D:D:D

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    Lots of rice bag info on this thread.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/search....ce+bags&u=&s=0

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    I used to make these for my birthing clients for use on thelower back hip joints in labor. Flannel, cheapest rice, a tiny bit of lavendar buds, about 6"x12." They were huggable, warm, a back bracing pillow when side-lying, fit under a neck, or propped an arm when nursing. The moms all loved them.

    Jan in VA

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    I would love to see a tute on these!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by VickyS
    I use cotton flannel and fill with dry rice - but any material you aren't afraid to put in the microwave would probably work..

    I usually make them about 6" by 18" - big enough to go around my shoulders or waist to help an achy neck or back.

    I make a maze type of pattern in stitching it so the rice doesn't all lump together, but remains fairly evenly distributed.

    Time to heat in the microwave: 2 minutes - lasts between 20 - 40 minutes, depending on how cool you can stand it.

    2 minutes gets it too hot to handle, but it quickly cools down to reasonable. Sometimes I have to wrap it in a towel or use potholders when it first comes out of the microwave.

    After the 19th of this month, I can probably put a tutorial together on this, since it isn't that hard to do.

    I've made lots of them, and my kids and friends keep taking them. They can not be washed. You can keep on using it until you get a burnt toast smell out of the rice. It is normal to have a nutty smell when it comes out of the microwave. Very soothing.

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    Since I live on a farm and we grow wheat, oats and barley, I use home grown grains instead of rice. Wheat holds the heat a little longer as it is a denser kernel than oats or barley. All give a nutty or porridge smell when heated. I make a outer bag (mini pillow case) to slip the grain bag into. This way, I can wash the outer bag if needed.

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    I like the idea of the wheat but I'm not sure where to find it?
    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie
    Since I live on a farm and we grow wheat, oats and barley, I use home grown grains instead of rice. Wheat holds the heat a little longer as it is a denser kernel than oats or barley. All give a nutty or porridge smell when heated. I make a outer bag (mini pillow case) to slip the grain bag into. This way, I can wash the outer bag if needed.

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    A natural food store has wheatberries, plus various other grains.

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    thank you I will try there
    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    A natural food store has wheatberries, plus various other grains.

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    Mine has corn in it - the kind that is dried - looks like you would get it at a wild bird feed store - or a farm supply store. Smells really good when heated up.

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    We, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, (Mormons) often store wheat. If you know anyone who is LDS they would know where to get wheat or they could find out quite easily. Many of our people might even be willing to sell you some if it is time for them to get their wheat used up so they can buy some fresh wheat.

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    My friend made me one, She used denim from the legs of old worn out jeans and since she had a farm, she used corn. I love it, works great, can either be used hot or cold

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    A friend of mine has one filled with dried beans - you know the kind that you cook in a pot - pinto beans, red beans, Great Northern beans - guess any kind would work.

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    You can find more info by typing rice bags in search at top of page.
    Buying the filler, rice,beans etc might be cheaper yet if you have a store that sells in bulk.

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    I have made them for years! I do the outer bag as well. When you use them on the body, you should use a towel to wrop them in, moist heat is good and it keeps from burning your skin a little better.

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    I use flax seeds to fill my bags. I do make a liner, so can wash outer fabric when needed. These are simple to do, and make great gifts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Margie
    I have never made the rice bags(heated in microwave) used to keep foods hot to take along .
    Do you just use cotton fabric and fill with dry rice?

    I am wondering if you could make them to fit under dishes when you serve buffet style so the food will stay hot?

    Has anyone made them?? If so, how long do you heat them up in microwave??

    Lots of questions here :)
    I've never used them to keep food warm, but I do have a couple for my hands (I bought them). It's easy to decide how hot---whatever your hands can stand. Keeping food warm is yet another story.

    I will urge you to put them in a zip lock bag if not too hot. Remember you can't wash them.

    Again, it's a differernt story, but I wear gloves inside my hand warmers to keep them as clean as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justme2
    You can find more info by typing rice bags in search at top of page.
    Buying the filler, rice,beans etc might be cheaper yet if you have a store that sells in bulk.
    I've been keeping an eye out for some rice. I saw a 25# bag in Wally World for about $5

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    I just made something similar for my daughter last night. It looks like a Japanese Obi, sorta. All you do is make a big pocket, I think it was about 10x6 inches with wide ties attached. You could make the pocket part any size you wanted. You could also make the ties as wide and long as you want to as well. You attach the ties to the pocket before you turn it. The pocket is made similar to a pillow cover, where the opening in lapped, but there is no button or zipper.
    The warming insert is made just slightly smaller then the pocket. It is simply a square, or whatever matches your pocket with tunnels sewn in to keep the rice or flax separate and flat. I made three for my daughter so that she could warm one and freeze one and have a spare.
    The only thing I would differently is probably make the ties a little longer. I think ideally they should be long enough to cross in the front and then go around your waist and then tie in front.
    I made this for her lower back, but it could be used anywhere you needed hot or cold therapy. Plus you could actually use the pack part for keeping food warm or cold as well.
    I found the pattern in the One Yard Wonders book. But I did a little adapting.

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    Here's a website for a scented trivet. (It's the maple leaf pattern & is a free download.) I made a few of these and sold them at our craft show.

    http://www.freepatterns.com/search.h...riteria=trivet

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    Hi I make mine with feeding corn & use fleece you get a moist heat you can make them any size

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    lavendar buds, what and where do I get these? Does it make everything smell better than rice?

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