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Boo Boo Rice Bags


Updated November 06, 2015
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Boo Boo Rice Bags
Boo Boo Rice Bags
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Not only are these rice bags useful, they're special because they're hand sewn. The hand stitching gives them a personal feel. Sew hot rice bags and use to comfort sore muscles or just for relaxing. The Boo Boo Rice Bags are easy-to-make homemade hot pads that can be used to keep warm all winter by tucking them into your mittens or can be utilized to sooth away headaches, as well. If you are looking for DIY gifts to give this winter, these thoughtful little ideas would be perfect.

Project Type: Make a Project

Time to complete: In an evening

Sewn by: Either Hand or Machine


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I make these for everyone in the family. I use socks a lot but I always try them in the microwave first because I had one melt. I buy a color and design that fits the person. I add some buckwheat and peppermint or lavender or some scent. I have found that a box of cheap calming tea emptied into the rice and buckwheat does great for aroma therapy. I have used a thick t-shirt on one side and fleece on the other and put the fleece to you when really hot and the flip it to the t-shirt side as it cools. I have made them in whatever shape was needed for the aches and pains.

These rice bags are my drug of choice.

I received one that curves around your neck years ago, still use it. I've been making gifts for family this year for Christmas, was stumped on what to give my adult grandson and when I saw this it helped me decide. I will make him some for when he comes home tired from work or play.

Just gave one to my neighbor for his back. I sometimes add lavender for a comforting aroma. Mine are 9-10 inches long and in 3 sections so the rice doesn't puddle.

I have Fibromyalgia and these are lifesavers when I am hurting, esp. in the winter. You put them in the microwave for a minute or two, depending on the size and then just place them on the owie. If you are making a large one, like for the back, I poured in some rice, made sure it was all on that end, and sewed across the bag, then added some more and sewed it, and cont. that until the bag was done and sewed the end. But leaving it all free works too. I also made a U shaped one to go around my neck and shoulders. You can also use a man's white cotton crew sock or tube sock too and then just sew closed the end.

How do you warm them?

Microwave for a minute or two.

I make these in pairs from scraps of polar fleece. They are great to put in your coat pockets in the Winter!!! :)

I had a store bought rice bag years ago. Used it so much it fell apart. Can't wait to try these awesome bags out.

I am going to make some for a bed foot warmer.

These are great ideas; also with a new grandbaby, I've found making burping rags, receiving blankets; 1/2 blankets to keep baby warm in the swing or carseat to be great ideas too with a little imagination!

blankets, burp pads, etc, are very intresting to me. how did you keep the rice from "puddeling" all in one place with such a large area? did you use baffel tubes to keep rice distributed? thank you


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