I was looking for some natural ways to relieve stress for a friend and remembered these awesome fabric tubes of warmth and relaxation. A friend of mine gave me a rice bag in college...and, I'm not sure where it went. They're so easy to make and smell so lovely! Lindsay Wilkes with The Cottage Mama has a tutorial for a beautiful embroidered therapeutic bag and cover (for washing)! I wanted to make mine longer so it could be wrapped around the sides of my neck. A cover or sleeve is a great idea for washing, but, I was in a major time crunch to make one for a gift for a friend who was leaving for college the next day! You can literally whip up one of these rice bags in 30 minutes or less! This pouch can be warmed in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes (or, even kept in the freezer) and placed on your neck and shoulders (or any achy muscles really). It's quite soothing!
Here's what you need:
I sewed a second stitchline about an 1/8" in for added strength/support.
Here are two sewn stitchlines to make on of the ends of my bag.
Almost done! Round up your ingredients.
And, you're done! I placed some ribbon ties about 3-4" from the ends to keep most of the rice in the center so that it wouldn't all fall to the ends and run thin in the middle (where it would be most prevalent on the neck). But, it's not completely necessary.