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This instructable is a take off from one I am working on. My neighbor was very ill with the flu so I made her a care package filled with a get well card, hankie, Vicks, chicken broth, lip balm, rice bag and other items that she might not have on hand. A couple of days later she called and asked me how to make the broth so I went over and helped her. While I was there her daughter stopped by to pick up her children, but had terrible a neck pain so we heated the rice bag and within twenty minutes she felt better and was on her way home. She liked the rice bag so much; I made her one and switched it up a bit. This instructable is what I made for her.

This project is my original idea although I did embellish a poem I found online from the "quilting bug" that I assume they wrote. They have instructions to make a rice bag but I wrote all of my own instructions for the card/gift bag. Follow through and lets make a card and gift in one for shut-ins.

Step 1: Organize Tools and Supplies

Important note:

100% cotton fabric for the bags ( this is absolute because they will be microwaved) If you are not making a rice bag that will be heated in the microwave; then go ahead and use what ever fabric you like and just make the bag for holding candy and valentines. Please do not make these for microwave use; unless you know for certain the fabric is 100% cotton AND THE THREAD IS 100% cotton thread. A fire will occur in the microwave if the wrong fabric is used. Please also be sure to mention and write instructions for removing all embellishments prior to use for those who will be receiving them or do not add them at all. Keep loved ones safe and happy.

One bag will become a rice bag to be microwaved. The card bag was made so it can be washed. Bags can be used for treats or to store Valentine's cards instead of rice bags for children. This will work for any occasion. The rice bag will keep you warm on those cold rainy days and also relieve pain for those who are suffering.

Embellishments will be added to decorate the card but all of the embellishments are to be removed from the bags shortly after the receiver reads the card (for a rice bag). A needle, thread, and a tiny pair of sewing scissors will be included inside the card so the receiver can fill lining bag with whole grain rice and secure the bag by sewing it shut. I included the needle and thread in all of mine just to be safe that the reader is using 100% cotton thread but I only mailed one pair of scissors because the other receivers have them. The choice is yours.

These will get you going:

100% cotton fabric scraps and 100% cotton thread ( this is absolute because it will be microwaved) 2-3 contrasting pieces. If you are not making a rice bag that will be heated in the microwave then go ahead and use what ever fabric and thread you like.

Ribbons and embellishments

Printed poem enclosures.

Sewing Scissors, (pinking shears optional) and tiny sewing scissors optional

Scotch tape or Glue

Tiny brass safety pins ( you will need several per card.

Several paint chip cards and this is optional. I used them because they were card stock and used them for the printed enclosures and the needle and thread.

Whole grain rice not instant for rice bags or just make treat bags

Ruler, pencil, seam ripper,sewing pins, and envelopes

Computer with printer or write the instructions by hand. I tried to get good pictures of the printed poems but the lighting was too bad. I will paste a copy in the body of the step when they will be used.

Sewing machine or sew by hand

Iron / ironing board pressing will give the card a professional appearance.

Step 2: Wash Dry and Iron Fabric and Cut Out the Pattern

After the fabric has been washed, dried, and ironed; cut the bag patterns. These may be any size suitable for your project. You could make two smaller matching rice bags for hand warmers.

For the card background:

My folded piece of fabric measures 8 1/4 inches X 16 3/4 inches give or take.

For the lining bag:

My folded piece of fabric measures 8 inches X 16 1/4 inches; the lining is just slightly smaller than the main piece of fabric, so the lining can be placed inside the bag without the edge of the lining sticking out from the open edge of the card and so the lining won't bunch up on the inside.

Pockets:

I eyeballed and cut out a small pocket to attach to the left hand side of the bag and positioned it to get an idea what it looked like and decided to cut 3 pockets for the rice bags in contrasting colors.

Heart embellishments:

I cut out several heart shapes from the contrasting fabric to embellish the card as shown.

Step 3: Hem the Edge of the Card As Shown

Method for the main fabric (opening hem and the lining hem):

The edge of the bag on one of the short ends (on both the card and lining) will need to be doubled hemmed as shown. The opposite end will be sewn as a seam later.To save time repeat this step with the lining bag also.

Iron in a double hem.

Machine stitch or hand sew the double hem as shown.

Trim threads.

Press.

If you have pockets fold the top section for the pocket opening like you did with the card and lining bags and machine stitch the hem section.

Step 4: Pockets

Method:

Fold the fabric card in half lengthwise with the right side showing and place the fold at the top.

This is to help you visualize the placement of the pocket but after you decide to sew the pocket on you will not be pinning the pocket through two layers of fabric, only one and you will only stitch the pocket through the top layer of fabric.

Place the contrasting pocket piece on the left side of the page, aligning it with the bottom edge of the card fabric and center it on the page. If you like what you see, fold the right and left edges of the pocket piece under 1/4 inch hem; the pocket opening should have a single hem, but leave the bottom open because it will be sewn later as a seam.

Step 5: Sewing the Seams of the Lining and the Card to Form the Shape of the Bags

Sewing the bag and liner seams. The seams on both the card and the lining will be stitched the same but they will not be sewn together. Sew the card bag and then sew the lining.

Fold the fabric of the main color and the lining wrong side out and press as shown.
Machine stitch the open raw edge of the main fabric bag and the lining, leaving the hemmed section open on both bags.

Trim threads as needed.

Cut the corners as shown for a nice sharp point.

Turn right side out and press both bags.

You should now have two separate bags that look like bags with no embellishments except pockets if you added them.

One pink bag for the card and one white bag to be placed inside the pink bag.

Place the lining bag inside the card bag as shown.

Step 6: Written Instructions and Poems

Print the poem and instructions or print the pictures with the background. You can change the words to fit the occasion or personalized card using an online rhyme word finder.



A little gift is hidden inside this card

a secret message doth angels guard

A wise woman knows to search the word

to find the promise she has heard

Between the pages of the open book

the wise little woman did take a look

She peeks inside and reads a promise is sure

and there she finds the instructions for her cure

Inside the pocket is a needle and thread

it won't be long and you'll be warm in bed



“A merry heart doeth good like medicine”

“Proverbs 17:22”

Closely follow the instructions from the hidden brochure

and you will receive the little known cure




Fill the small white bag with whole grain rice

stitch it up pretty and nice.

Take the scissors and trim the thread

from the white bag not the red

Remove each and every one of the embellishments

you will only need to do this just this once

Place them into your treasure chest

to cheer you up when you're not your best

This little bag filled with rice

will be a comforting device

Microwave for 2 minutes on high

and kiss those aches and pains good-by

Apply it to that hurting spot

the warmth will ease the pain a lot

Or warm your feet oh so cold

you'll find this bag nice to hold

Or chill it for a little while

and fix your owie up in style

Instead of a poultice made of ice

use this bag filled with rice


Step 7: Embellishments

Adding the embellishments:

Let your imagination go wild here.

I cut heart shapes out of the contrasting fabric, using the pinking shears and pinned them to the card using a brass safety pin so they can be removed after the card is received.

The tiny scissors are placed in the lining bag.

I used the paint chip cards to attach the needle and thread to and added a ribbon to stick out of the card. I switched the round circles of the paint chip cards for a color contrast. I snipped little snips on the tops and bottom of the thread and needle cards to secure the thread.

I made one card for someone who has been sick for a while so I used the picture in the place of the pink circle and I thought it was cute.

I covered the back side of the paint chip cards for a more appealing appearance.

I taped the typed messages to the paint chip cards and added a ribbon to some. I folded the edges to give them a more appealing look.

Step 8: Remove Embellishments and Microwave

I did not sew the rice into the bags because I am mailing these to reduce the cost of shipping them. You may fill the bags with the rice and secure the seam by sewing or the receiver will be sewing them. Here I am showing to remove all the embellishments before using the rice bag. This size of rice is more than you will need for one large rice bag. The rice shown should be sufficient for two smaller rice bags, or more.

Step 9: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

I made a couple of these cards for sick friends with the chills and they loved them. One friend sent me pictures of the sewn rice bag. She decided not to remove the embellishment on the front because she lives alone and will remove the rice bag from the case that it is in; before microwaving the rice bag. It helped them stay warmer and they appreciated the gift. I thought of many creative ideas to change the words of the poems, the theme of the cards, and I will be making a lot more of these. I think gift cards like this are much more meaningful and appreciated. Women are the nurturers and rarely get nurtured so it accomplished the thing I wanted it to "the most".

This project would be a great craft to teach kids how to create and sew and visit the elderly during the winter months. You can decide to make a card and a gift separate by filling the bag with rice and sewing it. This gift can be personalized or everyone for any occasion.I hope you make a few.

I wish to thank this community for making this place such a wonderful experience to share projects. Have a safe and "Happy Valentine's Day~"

sunshiine~

<p>This is such a great project! Nice color/pattern combinations too. :) </p>
<p>Thanks so much for letting m e know. Hope your day shines~</p><p>sunshiine~</p>
Thank you!!! And guess what I did for my mother in law and it was a total hit! Thanks for the inle
<p>I am so thrilled you shared that with me. I will be making a lot more of these. Thanks again for sharing~</p><p>sunsiine~</p>
Super cute, Sunshiine!! Great job as always!! I love it! :-)
Hello Mr. MCL! What a grand surprise. Thank you so much for stopping by and I sure hope your Valentine's Day is awesome~ <br>sunshiine~
Super cute, Sunshiine!! Great job as always!! I love it! :-)
I love grumpy cat! My son chose this one cuz it's my birthday month lol, once again thank you and have a great afternoin
<p>Well, Happy birthday~ He has great taste~ Thanks again.</p><p>sunshiine~</p>
This is awesome!!! Great job!
<p>Hi Erika021084, thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek. I really enjoyed making this project and seeing the expression on my friends face. Women are the nurturers and rarely get nurtured so it accomplished the thing I wanted it to the most. Have a beautiful Valentine's Day~</p><p>sunshiine~ </p>
Its really creative, and incredibly nurturing, thank you!! Your friend is lucky to have a friend like yourself! Thank you for reminding us to spread the love onto friends, neighbors, and family , after all they truly are what makes the world go round! I voted ! Thanks for sharing! Happy Valentine's!!
<p>Thanks, by the way I love grumpy cat also. There is a smiling cat that was featured on yahoo news, he was so happy~ or appeared to be. Thanks again.</p><p>sunshiine~</p>
<p>I went to your page and took a peek at your castle. It is awesome. I tried to leave a comment but instructables is experiencing problems, I voted for it. </p>
Thank you so much!

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