If you can sew a straight line, you can make a hot rice pack. Pop it in the microwave for a minute or two, and you'll have soothing heat to relieve aches and pains, ease a sinus headache, or warm up cold toes. Add your favorite scents, and the aroma will make the hot rice pack even more effective. Make the rice packs with decorative fabric for an inexpensive gift that will be appreciated over and over again.
Things You'll Need
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Small bag of long-cooking rice
Herbs or spices (optional)
Choose fabric for the rice hot pack. Any soft fabric, such as cotton, will work, as long as it isn't too stretchy.
Cut the fabric in a square measuring 13 inches by 13 inches. Your finished rice pack will be a rectangle measuring about 7 by 13 inches.
Fold the fabric right sides together with the edges evenly matched. Sew a ½-inch seam around two sides of the rectangle. Leave the third side unstitched, so you'll have an opening for the rice.
Stitch over the seam you just sewed, making a double seam. This will make the rice hot pack sturdier and more secure.
Use a funnel to fill the rectangle half-full with rice. Add herbs or spices, if desired. Try a dash of cinnamon, or a few teaspoons of dried chamomile, rosemary or lavender. Adjust the scent to suit your preferences.
Fold the edges of the unstitched end under, and stitch it closed. Double-stitch to make a sturdy seam.