Rice Heating Pad/Pillow
Holy cow, its October!?!
First let me say I let Friday slip by without a granny square sampler post, so sorry! I have not had a lot of time to work on mine in the past couple of weeks, so there was really nothing to show. But there will be, I have picked it up again and am catching up all around, I won’t leave you hanging. More pressing matters came up over the past couple of weeks, like family visiting, School House Craft, and making rice pillows.
We had cold toes and needed new “warms”.
I made a tutorial for these rice pillows I’ve made for my family several years ago, but thought I would write up an new one. I’ve refined my method of making these over the years and think this new version makes much more sense. These are referred to affectionately by my family as “The Warm”, and we have been known to search frantically for them when its time to settle in at night. We use them quite a lot in the winter for cold toes, a tummy ache, or sore muscles. I can’t get comfy in bed without mine wrapped around my feet. I’ve given these as gifts for years, everybody can use one. I usually make several at once, they go so fast once the supplies are gathered. Start now and you’ll have a slew of them ready for holiday gift giving!
Here’s how I’ve been making ours.
Heatable/Freezable Rice Pillow
- 1/2 yard of cotton muslin for the inner cover (you could also use a cotton pillowcase or sheet)
- 1/2 yard of cotton flannel for the outer cover (I let the kids pick out their favorite prints at Joann’s)
- Sew-in Velcro (approximately 5″ per pillow)
- 4 cups of rice
- sewing machine
- marking pen, like a Frixion pen, which allows you to remove the marks made with an iron
- Optional: Pinking shears for trimming raw edges.
- Optional: Dried lavender or some sort of oil, like lavender or eucalyptus, would be nice to add in with the rice.
2. Fold the muslin rectangle in half lengthwise, wrong sides together (if you can tell a difference), and press. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew one short side and the long side, leaving one short side open. (Tip: I reduce my stitch length down to a bit for this step. Both to help hold the rice in and create a stronger seam.) Back stitch at the beginning and end of the stitch lines.
3. Using marking pen and ruler, measure and mark four sections across the length of the pillow, 5″ apart.
4. Pour 1 cup of rice into the pillow. Then stitch across the first line you drew, through both layers, to hold that cup of rice in that section. Next add another cup of rice, stitch the next line, and so on. (It helps to use pins to hold the rice away from the stitch line when sewing). Sew the end closed using a 1/4″ seam (to reinforce, I stitch over this seam twice). It should look like the photo above. And the inside pillow is done!
5. (Note: Set your stitch length back to standard length for the rest of the stitching.) To make the removeable outer cover- On one of the short sides of your flannel rectangle, fold a scant 1/4″ and press, then fold another 1/4″ and press, all towards the wrong side. Pin in place and stitch across to hem the side, backstitch at each end.
6. Fold rectangle in half lengthwise, right sides together, and press. Open back up, then position one side of the velcro underneath the hem, on the wrong side, like the below. Sew the velcro on, securing it on all 4 sides.
7. Again fold the rectangle in half lengthwise (right sides together) and stitch the 2 long sides and short side opposite the velcro with a 1/4″ seam. Press, trim raw edges with pinking shears if desired, then turn right side out, easing out corners fully with a closed pair of scissors. Press.
To heat: Microwaves vary, but usually 2 minutes heats ours up nicely, but do what works for you.
To freeze: Place in freezer for several hours or overnight.
Remove the outer cover to wash it and put it back on the rice pillow when dry.