Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Warming Neck/Shoulder Rice Bag

One of my best friends started working full-time again recently.  Apparently, the transition has not been nice for her neck and shoulders because a few weeks ago she asked if I could make her a warming rice bag.
I have made rice bags to use as foot warmers before, but I knew just what I should make for her situation. I hopped online and found the perfect tutorial here (even though in all honesty, you really don't need a tutorial or pattern...it is simply a tube of fabric filled with rice and sewn up!)
neck roll
neck roll flat
Of course, I did a few things differently, but barely.  I divided mine into 6 sections, and after a little trial and error (because sewing next to a pile of rice is a little tricky) decided that pinning the sections closed horizontally and pushing the rice back toward the newly sewn end as I went was WAY easier than how it is shown in the tutorial.
I also pieced both a front and back section and sewed them together rather than folding one wider piece of fabric in half.
neck roll folded

The fabric is from my poor baby quilt that is still waiting (rather impatiently) to be quilted and finished. I had cut quite a few extra pieces when I was working on the quilt top, so it was fast and easy to just sew a few of those leftover pieces together to make this.   
I love it so much, I think I will eventually make one for myself.
Neck roll neck
My son loves it too, as you can see.  After modeling it for me, he asked where his was!  I'm thinking a few of these might end up on my Christmas gift-making list this year.

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