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Make your own Rice Pack to keep you warm or cool and soothe your aching muscles.
This rice pack is great for headaches or a stiff neck and is even nice cooled and put over your eyes on a stressful day. Heat packs are quick and easy to make and you can add some extra ingredients to your pack to give it an aromatherapy vibe if you like. Use your favourite loose leaf tea, herbal infusion or dried flowers. For my chai bag, I added the contents of a few chai tea bags. For my bergamot-lavender bag, I added the contents of a few earl grey tea bags and some dried lavender. I'm sure you could also add a few drops of essential oil to the rice too.

The heat pack can be warmed in the microwave or the oven and even put in the freezer to give you a cold pack.

Instead of rice, the bag can be filled with dried beans or peas, cherry pips or even feed corn.

If you're worried about it getting grubby, make a pillowcase for it. Cut a square 32 x 32 cm (13" x 13"), fold it in half and sew one short side and the long side closed. Turn out and hem the opening.

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  • How to make a heat pack / cold pack. Rice Heat Pack - Step 1
    Step 1

    Fold the fabric in half right sides together. Sew all the way around the edge with a 1cm (3/8") seam, leaving an opening about 5cm (2") on one short end for turning and filling. If you're concerned about the seams breaking and rice covering your house, sew a second line next to your seam within the seam allowance, or serge/overlock the edges.

  • How to make a heat pack / cold pack. Rice Heat Pack - Step 2
    Step 2

    Clip corners and turn right way out. Using a funnel or a cone of paper, fill the bag about half full with rice. Play around with the amount until you're happy with how heavy and full it feels.

    Move all the rice to the other end of the bag. Tuck the seam allowances in and very slowly stitch about 2mm (1/16") away from the edge. When I get to the end, I turn around and come back, so that the seam is reinforced.

    Make sure the rice is well away from the seam. You don't want to break a needle trying to sew through it! (Yes, I did this)

  • Step 3

    To heat the pack:
    Oven - Put the pack in a 120°C (250°F) oven for 5 - 10 mins. Remove with oven mitts and let it cool a little before using.

    Microwave - Microwave on high for 1 - 2 mins. Heat further in 30 second increments if it is not warm enough.

    Chill - Put in the freezer or fridge for a few hours.

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so how do you make these?? do you just sew a bag together from sme cotton material, fill it, then sew it closed?
Victoria R.
Victoria R. · Littleton, Colorado, US
What kind of rice is best to use?
Abby @ thingsforboys
Abby @ thingsforboys · 9 projects
Hi Victoria - any kind of dry rice is fine. I've used Basmati in my bags because that's what I have at home and I like the smell. As long as it's not the 'quick cook' variety of rice which is partially cooked, then you'll be fine. Any dry brown or white rice will work.

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