Saturday, November 5, 2011

Long 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.  This is the last of the 3 sizes.  This size is great for neck aches.

Rice Bags
Long - 18 ½ ” x 3½ ” finished size

Skill level - EASY

Materials Needed:

* 1/8 yd muslin                    *Thread to match flannel
* ¼ yd flannel                      * Pencil
* 4 cups rice                       * Ruler                     


Muslin Inner Bag:

  • Cut muslin – 4 ” wide on the fold x 18” high
  • Using ¼” seams, stitch along both long sides, turn right side out
  • With a pencil and a ruler, lightly mark stitching lines for the channels at 4 ½”, 9” and 13 ½”
  • Fill bottom channel with rice to just ½” from first marked line, stitch along 4 ½” marked line; repeat until bag is full
  • Fold in both sides along the top and stitch closed

     Flannel Outer Bag:

  • Cut flannel 5” wide on fold x 19” high
  • With right sides together, stitch both long sides
  • Fold under ¼” twice around short end, stitch all the way around
  • 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 45 seconds on the long 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.



  1. I love that you can wrap this rice bag around limbs - with the separate pockets you made for the rice! I also didn't know you could freeze them! Great idea!

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

  2. Fun site with great ideas! Visiting you from the Wild Weds hop.

  3. I always wantec to do one of these! Thanks! Thanks for linking in the blog hop


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