I made a lot for family and friends this Christmas, and have had fun doing it. So, I thought I would do a tutorial on how I have been making them. It's really very easy and I have done them all by hand too (my sewing machine is not working right now).
Below you will find pictures and instructions of what I did. But, there are many ways to do this and you can modify what I have done to better suit you. Have fun and enjoy your rice bag.
You will need these supplies for your rice bag.
- Fabric. 100% cotton works best, you can get a fat quarter or just a 1/4 yard of fabric.
- Heavy duty thread.
- DMC Cotton Perle 10g.
- Whole grain white rice.
- Scissors, straight pins and a needle (I used an embroidery needle).
For this bag, I cut my fabric into a 14 inch by 9 inch rectangle. I wanted it to be more long and narrow than square. But, for most of the rice bags I have made, I use a fat quarter and cut it into two pieces for two rice bags.
Fold the fabric in half with right sides together. Now, fold over the two long sides and pin the fold in place. I folded mine over twice so there is no chance of any rice getting out.
When you are done pinning the sides, use your heavy thread, doubled up and tied with a good knot, to sew a running stitch down each side.
When you get to the end, back stitch a couple of times and tie a really good knot.
When both sides are sewn, turn your bag right side out and you are ready to fill it with rice.
I fill my bags about 2/3 full with rice.
Now, fold the raw edge of your fabric in about 1/2 to 1 inch.
And then, fold it over and pin in place.
Sew along the edge with nice small stitches. I even stitched up the small sides of the fold.
When you get to the end, tie a good knot.
This is what the back of mine looks like...
And, the front...
Gotta love a rice bag.
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