Approximate Time: 20 minutes
Cut a piece of material 15 inches long by 6 inches wide.
Turn it to the wrong side and start stitching from one corner almost all the way around.
Leave one small side open for stuffing. (I normally sew this twice to ensure the rice doesn't come out.)
Turn the bag inside out and run a stitch through the middle. Leave about 3 inches so you can pour the rice in each tube like area. Start filling with dry rice and fill until about 3 inches are left at the top. Turn the ends of the top over and stitch it together.
With everything safety comes first. Only use a microwave to heat the bag. Do not put the microwave on longer than 3 minutes.
If hot to touch allow to cool or wrap in a towel. Apply to areas that hurt for no more than 20 minutes at a time. Doctors usually recommend 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
If you smell the rice you probably have the temperature too high. Take it out immediately.
These make wonderful gifts for older adults who suffer aches and pains regularly. They are much safer than a heating pad.
Rice bags can be made in any size or shape. Smaller ones are used for headaches and earaches. Larger ones are great for back, arm and leg pains. Some Ladies like them during their cycle to help relieve the cramps.
Enjoy making a small gift that can last a lifetime if taken care of. Do "not" put in water. If it needs to be cleaned use a vacuum cleaner to clean it. If you are really obsessed with cleanliness put it in a pillowcase or make a cover just slightly bigger than bag and cover your bag.
You may want to make one in several sizes to keep on hand for yourself or family. Enjoy the comfort of warmth in painful areas.
By Gem from VA
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I love my rice bags. We've been using them for about 6 years now, and I keep little pillow cases on them which get washed frequently. They are just as good as new. I guess they'll last forever if you don't loan them out, cause they don't find their way back home. You've been warned. lol
I purchased one from a local Crafter that goes down my back and 2 flaps over my shoulders. My DH uses it to warm up his hands after his Chemo treatment. Thanks, now I'll make one for his feet as well.
This is one of the projects I use old denim fabric from the legs of worm out blue jeans for. I make them in all sizes, even very small ones that fit inside gloves or mittens. They are wonderful under the covers at the foot of your bed before you get into bed. They will do the job of pre-warming your bed for you, and I love climbing into a nice snuggy-warm bed on these very cold winter nights.
If you make a large one, put it on the floor under your feet (take off your shoes) and work at your desk. A 20 pound bag of rice can be purchase for $3.99 sometimes, and 20 pounds of rice will make a lot of rice bags. I also keep a medium sized rice bag in a Ziploc plastic freezer bag in the freezer for hurts and bruises that require a cold compress. Just be sure to push all the air out of the freezer bag to reduce the chance of moisture in your rice bag.
If you take care of them, they'll last years. I do make little pillow cases for them which can be washed. Flannel is nice for this.
Great project for sharing. Many people will thank you. Thumbs up.
I wanted to make a heated Rice bag. Does it matter what kind of Rice I use? And can I add dried herbs in with the rice? I heard about using kitty litter instead of rice, just the regular clay litter? Thanks!
I use corn for my heating and cooling bags. I get it at Agway here in central NY. I have made them in fleece, cotton, flannel, and lots of other materials. I also sew little baffles to keep corn from going to one side and staying there, shake it to reposition it. I tried birdseed and it almost caught fire after a few seconds. I heard about flax seed, but they say that's expensive. Love the ideas about different things to put them in, like a washcloth, very clever. I also make them to curve around the neck. Great ideas at this site.
I was making a rice bag and was wondering if I could use the Success white rice, also called "boil in bag"? It says it's precooked, but it's dry, so I wasn't sure if I could use it. (To cook it to eat, it says to boil the bag for 10 minutes.) Can I use it for my rice bag?
Sharon is right. Barley lasts the longest, but most of us don't like the scent as well. I would make it so you can slip in a cheap bag that you can refill, then you don't have to slit the bag open when it's time to refill.
Good luck. This site will give you some ideas
http://www.healthandbodystore.com/n ... tml?gclid=CN2_vJ27sK4CFQ40hwodeErGPw
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