Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rice Bag Tutorial - Small

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 size is great for sinus headaches or even for baby's or toddlers tummy aches.

Rice Bags
Small - 5” x 7” finished

Skill level - EASY

Materials Needed:

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


Muslin Inner Bag:

  • Cut muslin – 7 ½” wide on the fold x 4 ½” high
  • Using ¼” seams, stitch along both short sides, turn right side out
  • With a pencil and a ruler, lightly mark stitching lines for the channels at 2” and 4 ¼”
  • 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 7 ½” wide on fold line x 5 ½” high
  • On one long side, fold under ¼” twice (hem), stitch
  • With right sides together, stitch one short side and the long side using ¼” seam allowance
  • Turn right side out
  • Insert muslin inner bag

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 15 seconds on the small one. 

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. Looks good and sounds easy... must try making these bags myself one of these days ...

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  2. Hi this is Nicole from Colie’s Kitchen I just discovered your blog and wanted to drop by and say hi. I am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance.

  3. Great little tutorial for these very useful little bags!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  4. i used to have something similar but i think it had some sort of corn in it?
    newest lurker here!
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    misadventures of a chunky goddess

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  6. Thank you for linking this tutorial up to Growing Home! I was so excited to discover your blog this way! I LOVe crafting too, and have a feeling I will be visiting very often. Do you have a Google Friend Connect Gadget? I'd like to "follow" but can't seem to find it.....

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    Would LOVE if you could follow me back thank you!!



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