I’ve seen people selling those fabric packs filled with rice, and have even purchased one in the past. The one I have is starting to lose it’s scent so I decided to make my own. It was so simple!
I started with a bag of rice, some fabric scraps and lavender scented oil (that I found at Michaels).
I poured all the rice in to a large zip lock bag and added 10 drops of oil. Sealed it up and shook it to spread out the oil. I let it sit as I sewed the bags.
I cut a long piece of fabric and folded it in half.
Next I pined the long edges together with the right sides of the fabric together. I sewed along both of the long ends, leaving the short end open.
After sewing I turned the bag right side out and sewed right down the middle of the bag, about 2 inches from each end. I marked where I wanted to start and end with pins.
After sewing down the middle it was time to add the rice. I used the whole bag and it filled it about 3/4 of the way full. If you fill it too full it will be too stiff to bend.
After that I folded the open edged inside and pinned it and sewed it closed.
The finished product:
This was so simple to make, I made two in no time. I wanted to make more but ran out of rice.
The great thing about these is they can be made in any size you want. I saw this great idea online and I think they will make great Christmas gifts this year.
These rice packs can be kept in the freezer (in a zip-lock bag) and pulled out when a cold compress is needed. Or toss them in the microwave for 2-3 minutes for a warm compress. I heat mine 30 seconds at a time, then take out and move the rice around so it heats evenly.