Introduction: Easy Hot/Cold Rice Packs

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A fun activity to do with others and very customizable. Throw the rice pack in the microwave for a minute or two and then place on achy muscles or throw in the freezer and use as a cold pack. Works as well as ice and with no melting ice to contend with. Add scents for aromatherapy.

Step 1: BoM

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Sewing machine

Needle, thread, scissors, pins



Step 2: Sides

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You can make your rice packs however big or small you like. Make sure you leave 1/4" seam allowance all the way around your shape (squares/rectangles are popular). Pin both sides together, wrong side facing out. You'll turn the pouch inside out after sewing so that the stitches are hidden.

Step 3: Sew

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Sew 2-3 times around your design, enough so that you feel confident rice won't tear the stitches and escape. Leave a 1-2" opening. Secure all the loose threads with knots and glue if you'd like.

Step 4: Fill

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Flip the pouch inside out and fill with rice. I've found that a funnel is very helpful with this.

Step 5: Close

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Pin the opening with the raw edges folded inside. Ladder stitch the opening closed and secure the ends.


sarawelder (author)2017-08-30

nice and simple!. I always go to sleep with a heated sausage like this on my lower back.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2017-08-17

Cute idea and really fun fabric!

Thanks :) turns out they make great cat toys as well :)

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