Monday, December 29, 2014

Handmade Gifts: Rice Socks

The girls wanted to make Grandpa his Christmas present. It didn't take long for them to decide on rick socks.

What are rice socks?

They are rice filled bags that you can heat up in the microwave and use as heating pads or you can place in the freezer and use as ice packs.

What you need-

-Fabric (100 percent cotton)
-Essential Oils (optional)

We made two different sizes. 
The sizes are flexible!

You could hand sew but a sewing machine is quicker!

Wash and Preshrink the fabric.
Press with Iron.

We kept it simple by folding the fabric in half, (wrong sides together) so they only had to sew one side.

Sew one end.
Turn the bag right side out. Square out the corners.

Leaving one end open-
the bag was filled about 3/4 of the way with rice. We wanted it to smell extra nice, so we added a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to the rice before adding it to the bag. Other options I have seen are Rosemary and Mint.
Sew the end closed.

We had some muslin fabric on hand so they made one bag with that. They added color with some embroidery (Grandpa liked the sentiment)

I made one with a felted wool sweater! (Not shown) You just want to make sure whatever fabric you use can be heated up in the microwave. Cotton and Wool are safe choices.

You can fill with rice, wheat, dried beans, buckwheat and dried cherry pits!
You can add a small bowl of water to the microwave if they seem to be drying out.
I noticed the rice does smell a little when used the first few times, and that it does have some moisture content.
I start with about 2 minutes in the microwave and add time if needed. You don't want to overheat them.

I love how easy they are to personalize, the fabric choices are almost unlimited!

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  1. Cute idea! I use something similar every night - even in summer. Mine is a bean bag filled with wheat, but our wheat supply is almost done. Good to know that rice works too! Thanks!

  2. I have seen these but never have made one. I need to make then for my neck in the mornings. I sometimes wake up with a sour neck.

  3. Wonderful. These are a gift that really keeps on giving.

  4. These would make great Christmas gifts for my older (notice I did NOT say elderly) family members. I bett my oldest country kid could whip these out all by himself, he loves to sew. Thanks for sharing at the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog hop!

  5. I love the fabric that you used with these -so cute and so helpful.


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