I was inspired by Little Birdie Secrets to sew rice heat therapy bags; however, I made some modifications to the instructions.

  1. I made the rice bag out of cotton muslin which does well in the microwave.
  2. My rice mixture (brown rice) includes a few drops of lavender essential oil. I found this oil in the soap making section of Michaels. It is likely available at other craft stores. It may also be available at health food stores like Whole Foods. I poured the amount of rice needed for the bag into a bowl and then I added a few drops of oil and stirred it well. Don’t overdo the oil.
  3. I made pillow cases for the rice bag. If the rice bag is going to be used for heat therapy or to toast one’s feet, I thought it would be a good idea to have a washable cover. I selected cotton fabric as a precaution. If someone puts the entire thing (bag and cover) in the microwave accidentally, you don’t want a fabric that is flammable (e.g., polyester fleece).
  4. I tested the bag in the microwave and discovered that ONE MINUTE makes the bag plenty hot! This may vary if you make large bags. Be sure to test. It’s better to start the bag at one minute and to increase time in 20-second increments if necessary.

I am pairing this gift with a pair of hand-knitted socks and a jar of homemade sugar scrub for a complete gift package.

Sew Rice Heat Therapy BagsI’ve made gift tags which you can download.

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