Saturday, October 29, 2011

Regular Sized Rice Bag Tutorial

I have been making Rice Bags for over 10 years.  I've sold and given many away over the years.  I started out making one size.  It was larger and heavier than the ones I make now, although I still like that size, too.  When I redesigned them, I created 3 different sizes......small, regular and long.  I will post one size at a time.  This is the 2nd in the series.  This size is great for sinus headaches, stomach aches, achy knees, shoulders and more. 

Rice Bags
Regular - 9” x 7 ½ ” finished size

Skill level - EASY

Materials Needed:

* 1/3 yd muslin                    *Thread to match flannel
* ¼ yd flannel                      * Pencil
* 4 cups rice                       * Ruler                     


Muslin Inner Bag:

  • Cut muslin – 7 ” wide on the fold x 9” high
  • Using ¼” seams, stitch along one short side and the long side, turn right side out
  • With a pencil and a ruler, lightly mark stitching lines for the channels at 2 ¾” and 5½”
  • Sew along the stitching lines through both layers of fabric, stopping about ½” from top
  • Fill each channel with rice up to 1” from the top
  • Fold in both sides along the top and stitch closed

Flannel Outer Bag:

  • Cut flannel 8” wide on fold x 10” high
  • On each short end, fold under ¼” twice, pin, stitch

  • On one short end, fold in 2” with right sides together, pin on each side

  • Fold in ½ with right sides together
  • Stitch along both sides
  • Turn right side out
  • Insert muslin inner bag
  • Fold flap over the top

WARNING:  Heating times will vary with each microwave.  Start out with low heat times to see what works best with your microwave.  I start out with 45 seconds on the regular sized. 

They can also be stored in the freezer to use as an ice pack.  Store in plastic bag to keep clean.  Remove from plastic bag before heating.

Flannel bag can be washed in cold water and laid flat to dry.

Kelly Mathews



  1. http://pagesofgold.blogspot.comOctober 29, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    LOVE this idea!

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  2. Awesome! I got my last one wet, and it got yucky. I didn't realize you could make it with rice.:) Thanks so much! I'm a new follower from Feed me Friday.:)


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