Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lavender Heat Bag

I started this time with a towel but you can use any heavy cotton fabric.
 You have to use 100 percent cotton thread, as polyester thread won't hold up to the heat.

 This finished bag is 16" x 12" so I cut my fabric 17" x 26". You can make whatever size you want! Sew up the sides and press the top over for a finished hem.
Turn right side out and sew tubes from the bottom to top. Fill these with rice and lavender. I add about 1/2 cup of lavender to 3 cups rice.   I am not sure how much rice I used as I didn't measure.  More than 6 cups though.  Probably closer to 9 cups.

Fill each tube about 2/3 full. Sew the top closed.   I double sew this so no rice can escape from its little cell.

I like to make covers for the bags as they can be taken off and thrown in the wash. I make them the same way, except I don't sew the tubes.

I add a piece of Velcro to the top.

Microwave for about 2 to 3 minutes at the most. The rice will burn the bag if left for too long in the microwave. You can use these as cold packs too. Just pop into the freezer and leave them in there all the time, until you need it. It will stay cold for quite awhile.   *Note*  The lavender scent will eventually fade.