Friday, February 13, 2009

tutorial::rice bag feet warmer

this would be a perfect holiday gift for neighbors, friends, or teachers. it's fast it's cheap and essential for the cold weather!
what you'll need:
one bag of rice (i used a 1 lb 12 oz bag) one fat quarter of muslin and one fat quarter of really cute fabric. (this particular fabric is moda)

first you are going to cut two 14 x 7 inches rectangles out of your muslin (this will be your rice bag)

sew together along three sides of your muslin pieces using a 1/4 seam allowance.

turn it inside out and fill it with the whole bag of rice.

fold in the raw edge in on itself and sew shut. your rice bag is done, so put it aside. now lets start working on your cover.

grab your super cute fabric and cut out three different rectangles. one at 14 x 7 the second one at 10 x 7 and the third one at 8 x 7
now the two smaller rectangles are the back so you are going to fold over 1/4 inch once (on one of the 7 inch side) and press with an iron...

then fold over again for the second time and press with an iron. do the same to the second small rectangle.
next sew along your folded fabric so that you end up with two nice finished edges

place right sides together

make sure you pin down all three pieces

and sew along all four sides together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

turn inside out and stuff the muslin rice bag inside your slip cover.

and now your toe's can be all nice and toasty in style and it's so darn cute that it'll even look good hanging out on your night table!


have a great valentines day, we're planning a low key celebration (which really means: i couldn't get a babysitter, but hey i don't care the kids are still young enough that they go to bed early and that's when the oreos and ice cream come out!)

64 comments:

Sew Many Ways... said...

Hi V,
Great tutorial...a definite must make. I think the older someone gets, the colder their feet are!! Nothing scientific, just a thought. So since I am way older than you, I have blocks of ice for feet. This is going to be great.
~Karen~

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Thanks - think I'm going to make one tonight!

We are the Zitzmans said...

I will have to give that a try...not for a couple weeks I am sure. PS our plans are eerily simliar for Valentines Day...Gotta love a lack of babysitting with the silver lining of kids going to bed early. Whohoo!

Stacey said...

So great! I can't wait to make them for Mother's Day presents. Thank you so much V!

Carolyn said...

This is really useful, thanks so much!

SLO Rober said...

I think I may have to make one of those. My toes don't thaw until June around here. I know, even in SLO. BTW. I love the red quilt, red rice warmer and red toes. So yummy!

rachel griffith said...

dude i'm SO on this!!!

and we are having the same kind of valentine's day.

happy valentine's day to you & jake!!!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I am SOOO making one of these! Our bed has been freezing at night! Thanks so much for sharing the tute, I'll be linking as well.

Inspired Kara said...

So great! My best friend's fiance has a chocolate making shop and they can use chocolate bean shells for the same thing! And THEN, the heat pad smells like chocolate!!

Talk about the perfect cure for cramps! Can't wait to pass this along to her.

Melly said...

oh my golly gosh I reckon I could make one of them, thank you so much!!!

It's nice to meet you :)

RubySlypprz said...

This is just the tutorial I've been looking for---simply perfect! I plan to do a longer neckroll version for achey muscles. One question though: how long does one put this in the microwave?

V and Co. said...

i guess i could of put that somewhere! i put mine in for 2 minutes!

Jen r. said...

Great project!

rachel griffith said...

okay vanessa...i made one.
{i blogged about it and linked to your tutorial.}

my hubby loves it.
and he stole it.
so i'm gonna buy some manly fabrics to make him one.
tehehe.

Mimi Sue said...

Thank you. I think I'm gonna make one. Mimi

Simply This and That said...

I was just telling my mom not too long ago, that I had seen one of these and wondered if they really worked! Cool. Love that fabric! ooxx`jodi

Deeanna said...

oreos and ice-cream....ha!

Ashlee said...

This is darling! I am going to make a long one for my neck. Thanks for the instructions.

Laura said...

how long do you need to heat this properly?

V and Co. said...

2 minutes in the microwave...i'll add it to the main post

Cara said...

Oh those feet warmers are too cool! So pretty too! I think I am going to HAVE to make one for myself as my tootsie's are always still cold under the quilts! Thanks for a great tutorial!

Kim said...

Thanks so much for posting the directions. I just added rice to my weekly grocery list! They are calling for a lot of snow here this week (in Michigan), so this is perfect timing!!

Roseanna said...

Hi, Love this tutorial...may I link to this?
Thanks!

adrienne said...

need to get my sewing machine fixed so I can make that rice warmer... not for my toes...for my neck.

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

I am sure that I am way behind reading this post, but I love this! My Grandmother swears by heating bags of rice to cure any ailment, so I am all over this project. One for her and one for me! Thanks so much for sharing this one.
~Misti

LindaJ said...

Last year my mom had made me one for my stiff joints. With the looonnng cold winter this year, my feet have been freezing. I had not used it in bed but one night I could not stand it and thought I would try it out. Heaven! So try it ladies. It is wonderful. No wonder our ancestors had bedwarmers and hot bricks they put into beds.

Carissa said...

I was JUST thinking of making something like this! Thanks for making the trial and error process obsolete :)

Angie said...

We've been using rice in old socks, so I'll definitely have to try making some of these! That would be so much nicer!!!

I'll be linking to your post!

PRamble said...

If you spend lots of time at the computer these can be made narrower and used to support your wrists. Or you can make them for neck wraps and switch between hot and cold. Use flax seed for the cold and rice for the warm. My MIL has fibromyalgia and these come in really hand and are great when kids injure ankles or whatever. Much easier to put one of these cold on an ankle then a straight bag of ice.

michelle said...

I am so jealous of people who cna sew. i never learned. Maybe I need a cheap sewing machine and i can take lessons

Cheryl said...

V, first of all,thanking you for taking the time to do this tutorial and sharing it. It's been cold here in here in the windy city and I just commented to my hubby that we need some foot warmers. BTW, I love that fabric. Moda anything is always my first choice. I do have a question regarding the footwarmer. Do we ever have to worry about bugs or mold with these rice bag foot warmers? I know the rice isn't cooked, but was just curious. Thanks in advance.

Erin said...

This may be a silly question, but when you heat it up is it OK to put the whole thing in the microwave or do you take to rice bag out of the puch?

Earle-girl said...

I couldn't live without mine! I sewed segments into mine so the rice would fall evenly aroung my feet. I also stick mine in the freezer and use it to cool down my bed in the summer.

Future Envy of the PTA said...

I have to let you know that I have looked at your website for hours now brainstorming and being oh-so-jealous of your creativity!
I made this kind of rice bag for my son as well. When he was a newborn he had extremely bad gas and it never helped that it was joined with colic. I made this bag to lay on his tummy for his gas and it was so great! My pediatrician recommended that I buy one, but I felt even better about it after mommy was able to make it for him! The only thing is, you definitely can't microwave it for 2 minutes!
-Sara

kirstin & jordan said...

LOVELY, just LOVELY! I'll be linking!

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Julie said...

I just sent people from my blog to yours. I love your foot warmer. I'm going to make some for Christmas gifts. Such a great idea for us here in northern Minnesota. Thank you for sharing.

Anna said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I think I'll be making this for my brother for Christmas (he's so hard to buy for)! Thanks so much!

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Anonymous said...

I just wanted to thank you for your great tutorials. I stumbled across this rice bag tutorial somehow or another last week and I decided to make one for my sister for Christmas. I'm new to sewing, so anything I make I get super excited about. I was very impressed with your instructions (for I too am a visual learner) and my rice big turned out great! Thank you so much!!! I look forward to more tutorials in the future.
Sincerely, Tara

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your great tutorial on ricebags. I made these for all my siblings and a couple friends for Christmas and they loved them!! I renamed it the "Cozy Comfort Pad" and made cute tags with instructions and verses of scripture on comfort. I dabbed the muslin bags with essential oil of lavender and peppermint for an aromatherapy affect. My outside cover is more like a pillowcase. I really was so excited with how they turned out!!! Happy New Year.
CindyW.

Jewelry Making Tools said...

Ooh, fantastic tutorial! I really need to get myself a sewing machine, I can think of so many purposes for a rice bag at my house!

Aussiekate said...

Hi there! (From way down in Australia....) I make these with wheat for the 'stuffing'. And when it comes time to heat the wheat bag, I always put a 1/2 cup of water in the microwave with it. Something I read on the net - to do with preventing the wheat catching alight if it is getting too dry and overheated. Is rice so different? Wonder how the abilities of both mediums to hold heat stand up against one another? Time for some experimentation, I think!

Trisha Smith said...

Our 4H group made these yesterday for sewing project day. 8 children ranging in age from 8 to 16, they cut and pinned and filled and sewed. They learned about using the sewing machine, how to measure and cut fabric, how to make neat finished edges. It was great! They loved their bags!! Thank you! I sent an email with a link to your blog so they can enjoy all the things you do here!!

Jess said...

I just finished making a few for Christmas presents,and they turned out really nice. I love that they have pockets so you can toss the rice bag when it gets gross without losing your cute fabric. Thank you so much for posting directions!

The Clever Bit said...

Thanks so much! This is a great tutorial - great pictures and very easy to follow. Just made two. Thanks again.

carolyn said...

Thank you for this beautiful tut. I have always put rice in a sock, and put a knot at the end. (Not very pretty) When my kiddos have a tummy ache we whip one of these together. Now they can have a tummy ache in style with one of these pretty little rice packs. Can't wait to make one.
Love your blog!!

Quilted Cupcake said...

Just linked to this from Seamedup.com. Great tutorial! I think I need one of these for ME! Thanks for sharing.

MJ @ MD School Mrs said...

I've been using this tutorial for a couple of months now (first for myself, then for gifts!). I shared it on my blog (http://mdschoolmrs.blogspot.com/2011/03/rice-heating-pad-foot-warmer.html) and linked back to here! Thanks for the great tutorial!

MJ at MD School Mrs.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't sleep last night and decided to try your rice bag. I had it together in no time with your great instructions. I am going to give it to my Dad who is 87 years young and says his feet get cold. Thanks for your great ideas!

pmg said...

I want to make some of these for warming hands, feet, tummies and backs :) Just curious--if I put a little lavender (dried from my garden), would it be safe to heat in the microwave with the rice? Has anyone tried that? Also, is a little lavender oil mixed with the lavender flowers ok/safe? Thanks!

lesleyjean said...

Here's what I've been working on...http://www.theclosetquilter.com/?p=465

Caroline said...

Hi! May I feature this tutorial on SewCanShe.com? Please drop me a line and let me know. caroline@sewcanshe.com

Thanks!

sewVery said...

I make a version of these with a velcro closure, but I like this idea, too. I will have to give it a try! Love the rice bags for warming up cold beds and feet!

Janice said...

I made a rice neck warmer several years ago, but this winter I used it as a bed foot warmer. By the time it cooled off, my feet were warm for the rest of the night. I will make this one for me and for gifts. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Could you comment on how often the rice needs to be replaced OR if it is a fire hazard as someone suggested when it becomes very dry?

Janice said...

I haven't heard of any catching fire, but it's probably best to stay close by while heating. I have had mine for four or five years and heated it quite a few times. I microwave it for two minutes.

Anonymous said...

Love this idea...I'd like to see some usage instructions. How long to heat? Can you use essential oils to scent the rice? If so, How?

T.joyce said...

I like to. Divide the rice bag into three or four seams.this keeps the rice from shifting all to one side....leave top open...fill each department with rice...hand stitch shut!
T joyce

mum and dadio boggs said...

I use essential oils like vanilla or grapefruit and it make the rice smell so much better. I have also made them using flax seed and whole dried corn off the cob. They use it to feed livestock so available at feed stores.

Jessica said...

Love this idea !!! One question , do I have to use muslin , or can I use other fabrics ?

Grace said...

Just made one for my mom for Christmas - it was a perfect gift {since she's always saying how cold she is during the wintry nights} and was whipped up SO fast. Thank you so much for the tutorial!! Keep up the great work.

Blessings,
Grace

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! My best friend started her first year of college this year and it is super cold in the winter where she is going. So I wanted to make her something for her birthday that would help keep her warm. I saw your tutorial and decided to make one of these foot warmers and it turned out great! I'm excited to give it to her because I know that she'll love it keeping her toes nice and warm :)

Anonymous said...

I've looked at several pins for rice bags and your tutorial won because its neat, simple and fun. I made one for my daughter to take back to college today. She said, "get ready, mom, you know my roommate is going to want one, too!"

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