All of us know it's hard to keep warm in the cold winter months. This Instructable will show you how to make a rice bag that you can hold - on your lap, over your feet/ankles, across your neck, anywhere you're cold. They can also be used to heat away aches and pains.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:
Fabric (about a 10x10 square - or whatever size you want, but I made a 10x10)
Rice or Corn (not popcorn)
Container to Pour Rice With (optional)
Sewing machine (technically optional, but I wouldn't recommend sewing these without it - your filling will be everywhere)
I just put a bunch of rice in a pillow case we don't use, tie a knot near the bottom,(don't make it really tight Or you'll get a hole) and then put it in the microwave. And make sure you have spare pillow cases in case it breaks. If that does happen, put the torn rice bag in your spare pillowcase. Then pour it into the new one and tie a knot. I have one on my neck as we speak.
<p>Hello, </p><p>I'm in the planning process and tried white rice that's been in my pantry for years in a clean sock. I plan to make channels in the rice bags so they can be longer, rice won't shift and they can wrap around a knee or shoulder. </p><p>Thanks for the easy directions! I'll send pics when I get more sophisticated than old rice in a sock. </p><p>Morag</p>
<p>what type of fabric is best?</p>
Normal cotton-type fabrics are usually good, basically anything except fleece or flannel would be my suggestion =^)
<p>Do you use a certain amount of rice or just to a good fill level? Also, can you freeze these?</p>
<p>I have several large rice bags for sore muscles. Been heating and reheating for years. Earlier this week, I <br>made a small one, with brown rice, for applying Jamberry nails. After a <br> few times in the microwave, it started smoking. Cut it open and the <br>rice was burned and blackened. What the heck! Ever happen to you?</p>
<p>My friends made me one for Christmas one year. They used hand towels. Works great. I nuke mine for 70 seconds. Works great, and last hours.</p>
Works well! How long to heat it?<br>
Probably about 2 minutes. Depending on your microwave, you will probably have to tweak the time by 30 seconds. But on 4 or 5 different microwaves, microwave time for me has always been between one minute and thirty seconds (1:30) and two minutes and thirty seconds (2:30). Of course, if you microwave more than one rice bag at a time, you will need to double that. :)
Okay Thanks!
I've made a few of these and found that barley works very well and doesn't lead to moisture as some rice does. There's also no smell as with corn. Also, I sewed &quot;sections&quot; about 2 inches from the top &amp; bottom so that the filling doesn't shift from one end to the other but it can move from section to section through top/bottom. Just thought I'd pass on! They're great and a very nice gift!<br>
&nbsp;So pretty! How long does it keep?
Generally several years - until you bust it, burn it, or it starts looking really mangy. That's one of the reasons we (my family and I) started using rice. It's harder to burn it and it doesn't smell as bad.<br />
Thx! I've used cherry pips and olive pips in the past but will give rice a try. Seems to be less fussy. (with the pips, you have to collect, clean and dry them first)
OK!&nbsp; I've just got to incorporate this into the mittens I'm making!&nbsp; Oooh, yeah!&nbsp; Micro-mittens!&nbsp; No more frost-bitten fingers!&nbsp; Gotta love it.&nbsp; Thanks, kitty.<br />
oatmeal also works, and smells good... just a thought ;] <br />
I've made these as well and they're great! I also recommend using rice instead of corn as the corn smell is pretty strong when heated up. What I also do is sew channels into the bag so the rice is evenly distributed. They make great gifts too!<br />

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