Rice packs can be made with just about any lightweight fabric you have a few scraps of. It's also fine to vary the size, if you choose. For now, I am going to show you how to make four rice packs with a used, soft t-shirt, some velcro, and of course, rice.
- A clean, used, plain colored, adult t-shirt (make sure there is no screen printing on the shirt)
- Cutting mat
- Rotary cutter
- 4 - 5/8 inch wide x 4 inch long strips of sew-on Velcro (the matching loop and hook sides are 1 strip)
- Sewing machine
- 40-60 ounces of uncooked rice
Fold the t-shirt in half lengthwise on your cutting mat. Make sure it is smoothed out and there are no hidden wrinkles.
Use your rotary cutter to remove the hem of the shirt.
For the rest of the directions, make sure you do each step with all four rectanges of fabric.
Fold your fabric in half with right sides together. Pin the sides. Stitch each side with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Trim the seam allowance on either end of the Velcro to about 1/8 inch.
Turn your work right side out. Fill each pack with 10-15 ounces of rice. Secure the Velcro and place your rice packs in the freezer so they are ready when you need them.
When you want to warm the packs, place them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds at a time until they reach the desired temperature.
If they start getting a little dingy, empty the rice into a bowl, wash and dry the covers, refill them with the rice, and toss them back in the freezer.
Next time someone needs a little soft, cool comfort for their boo boo, you'll be ready.