July 7, 2010

Hot Pack

I made these FOREVER ago and have totally forgotten to post the how to!  So here you go...how to make a Hot/Ice pack.  Its great because you can heat it in the microwave for about 30 seconds or put it in the freezer for  an ice pack.  I just leave mine in the freezer and the boys take it out when they have a headache.  But I stole the pattern from my friend Sharla...she made one for me when I was sick...so sweet!  So I asked her if I could post it and of course she let me:)

First you are going to start out with 4 darling fabrics...cut 2 of each size (one for each side):
4" x 5"
4" x 2"
4" x 5 1/2"
4" x 3"
Decide on the order that you would like your fabric and then start sewing!  I did a 1/4" seam.  Make sure you iron the back, like I did above.

Next you want to put the two sewn pieces WRONG sides together, make sure they line up perfectly.  Sew 1/4" around the whole thing and leave a little opening.  I left mine open on the long side, but take it from me...just leave the whole top open on the short side.  It will be easier to get the rice in.  Turn the bag right side out and top stitch all the way around, except the opening.

After it is all sewn, take about 2 c. rice and add about 2-3 drops of essential oil to the rice.  I put mine in a bag and then shook it around so all the pieces have a little scent.  I used a Lavender scent.  Test it though...do however many drops you want...just don't make it too powerful:)

Next add the rice...use whatever method you want.  If you listened to me and left an opening at the top, just pour it in...if you did what I did...its not so easy.  I had to use a funnel and try to get it in that way...lets just say I will not do it this way again:)

When the rice is in, top stitch the little hole closed.  Thats it!  Your all done!  Now you can give the perfect gift....

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