This year we decided to have a lean Christmas. Everyone is scrambling for extra cash so I told people to either make simple gifts or give coupon books with things like “I’ll do the dishes” or “I’ll cook every night this week” (my personal favorite one).
What I elected to do was make several rice neck warmers. I had gotten one at a spa recently and thought, gee, I can do that too. This article will describe my simple process, ideas for which were gleaned from several Google searches, but ended up being my own design to fit what I wanted.
The main items you need are a sewing machine, some fabric, and rice. In my case I bought packages of kitchen towels at Walmart. We get them every year to make crocheted kitchen towels and find them to be sturdy, soft and durable.
To start off, I cut off the double seamed ends of the towels. Then, I measured 11 inches for my width.
The standard size I found out on the web was 11 x 22 so my cut down towel was perfect.
I folded the towel inside out lengthwise.
Next, I stitched a seam down the open end, curving the edges at the bottom narrow end.
I left one end open.
I trimmed the corners of the narrow end so it would not bulge when I turned the towel inside out.
After I turned the towel inside out, I stitched a seam down not quite the middle of the towel.
By “not quite the middle” I mean one half was a little narrower than the other. It’s not exactly in thirds. I found that the towel, once filled with rice, seemed to lay better if the two sides were not exactly the same width. I made sure the the middle seam did not go all the way to the end of the towel so I would have an edge to turn over and stitch closed.
Next came filling the sides with rice. I created a funnel out of the top of a quart size soda bottle.
Inserting the funnel end into one side of the towel, I poured in rice until it was almost full.
My trial towel worked better if it wasn’t jammed full of rice.
It needed to be flexible to move around my neck or shoulder. I found filling up the sides leaving about 2 to 3 inches open worked well.
After filling both sides, I turned in the open end and stitched it closed, backing up over the stitches to ensure I had a nice tight closure. On some of the neck warmers I added a ring of zigzag ribbon to act as a holder. The size of the holder was designed to fit over a door handle.
How long you put the warmer in the microwave depends on how hot you want the warmer to be. 2 seconds is slightly warm, 3 seconds is starting to get pretty hot. 4 seconds will guarantee a burn on my neck, so try it out starting at lower temperatures till you find the one you like. My husband found out that 4 seconds was too hot for him, but a friend of mine heats hers to 5 seconds. Again, it’s personal choice.
That’s it for now. Hope everyone has a happy 2013. Ciao y’all.