I LOVE get-togethers with my gals and crafty projects. I’ve always been a lover of all art mediums and have been an avid crafter since Klutz books were a thing. From friendship bracelets to quilts, I really have done it all. My fondest memories with my grandma are of her teaching me to crochet, and I would spend hours trying to create the perfect scarf. I’ve been known to give handmade gifts and everyone always loves them!
A Crafty Gift Made With Care: DIY Rice Heating Pads
Recently, my mom wanted to make rice neck warmers, so I pulled out my trusty sewing machine and got right to work. We had a perfect system going. My mom would measure out the rice and add it to the pouch, and I would sew a zig-zag line to seal it all in. This was such a simple project to do together, and all-in-all it took less than an hour. We had some laughs, a few missed stitches, and ultimately, some cute, useful neck wraps.
There are several ways to make your own rice neck warmer and my mom opted for the more challenging version with multiple two-inch sections. This method keeps all the rice evenly distributed when you wrap it around your neck. The other option is to have one long pouch, stuff it with your desired amount of rice, and sew the other end shut. The latter would have been my choice, but each way works well.
The great thing about this project is that it takes just a few materials and minimal time to do. I think this would be a great DIY gift for your gal pals on Valentine’s Day OR a fun activity to host for the ladies! If you ask me, it sounds like the perfect Galentine’s Day. A few mimosas, some crafting and quality time with your gals…it doesn’t get much better than that!
My mom and I took a trip to our local TJ Maxx and bought baby cloths that were the perfect size to sew together. We didn’t follow a specific pattern, we pretty much just cut the cloth hot dog style, and started sewing! Caroline from sewcanshe has a great pattern that you can follow if you need more direction!
ps. If you aren’t a crafty person, but love the idea of gifting these self-care packs, here are some links to a few great ones below!
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xx – Kat