Today’s tutorial is for rice pack hand warmers. You can use these in the winter to keep your hands warm, or rubbing them on sore muscles. You can also turn them into cold packs by keeping them in the freezer and then they are nice and cold when you need them. These are also great for headaches, cramps, and boo-boos.
Let’s make some Rice Packs! You can download these instructions at the bottom of the page so you can have them with you at your sewing machine.
Supplies for two rice packs
Scraps of fabric
½ cup measuring cup
Favorite Essential Oils(optional)
Step 1: Take your fabric and cut four pieces that are 5”x4”. This will make two hand warmers. You can cut out a template from cardstock to use or use a ruler to mark where you need to cut. Thread your machine with the color thread you are using.
Step 2: Place your fabric pieces right sides together. I don’t pin these together because they are so small and you can keep them lined up with your hands.
Step 3: Sew a 1/4″ seam allowance along all four sides, but on one side you need to leave an opening to pour the rice into. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of your stitches.
Step 4: Trim your corners and turn right side out. Iron them nice and flat. On the edge with the opening, fold the opening to the inside to make a nice flat edge and iron.
Step 5: Top stitch 1/8″ around the three edges that don’t have the opening.
Step 6: Now you’re ready to fill them with rice. Put the end of the funnel into the hole. Take your ½ cup measure and fill it just shy of the top and pour it into your funnel. Shake the funnel if you need to to get the rice to go through the bottom.
Step 7: Put a pin or two just above the rice to hold it in place while you sew the last edge.
Step 8: Top stitch 1/8″ on the last edge, and your done! Quick and easy, right?