2 tutorials in one week? What am I thinking?! I guess that's what happens when one is laid up in bed with nothing to do but think!
I went to the doctor about my back today (I don't normally have back problems - this is new for me!) and received a prescription for the good stuff to help with the pain. X-rays tomorrow :) After a couple of the 'good' pills, the edge of the pain was taken off enough to sew a little. I had been wishing I had a rice bag for my back as heat seems to help it feel better. As I thought more about it, I wondered how on earth you make a rice bag stay on your back without it falling off?? Then it came to me - of course - you need to tie it on!
So I made a rice bag with elastic ties, and here's how I did it...
1) Cut a piece of fabric 11 inches by 13 inches. Also cut two pieces of elastic - however long to fit around you with enough left to tie in a bow.
2) Pin a piece of elastic to one side of the fabric, 3 inches down on the 13" long side.
3) Fold the 13" long side in half and starting near the middle of the 11" long side, sew to the edge, turn 90 degrees, and sew to the fold. I backed over where the elastic was a few times to make sure it would stay secure.
4) Making sure the elastic is all tucked inside the fabric, do the same thing on the other side, making sure you leave a hole approx 2 inches long on the 11" side for turning and filling with rice.
5) Trim the corners a little.
6) Turn right side out.
7) Either use a plastic funnel, or do what I did and make one from paper.
8) Put the funnel inside the hole in the bag and fill with rice.
9) I had some dried lavender from our garden, and I thought it would smell nice in the bag, so I added that too.
10) Sew the opening of the bag closed. You could either do it by hand and make it invisible, or sew it on the outside by machine like I did.
11) Heat for 2 mins in the microwave, tie on, and enjoy!
I have it on right now and it is incredibly soothing. I like that by using elastic it could be used an anyone from the kids, to me, to Daddy. I am happy to report, that it does indeed stay in place, just like I hoped it would!