Post by Contributing Writer, Emily
This project has been one of the simplest things I’ve ever done, especially considering that the same finished project has 3 different purposes. The fabric you choose can make this appropriate for anyone from kiddos to grown-ups, boys or girls.
- Hand Warmers: Toss a set in the microwave for 20 seconds and warm up frosty little fingers after an afternoon out in the snow.
- Cold Pack: Keep one or two in the freezer to pull out and soothe a bumped head or bruised ankle.
- Hackie-Sack / “Bean Bag” Toy: When a little one needs something to throw, an organized bean bag toss can be much safer than tossing balls in the house.
- Start with a rectangle of fabric and fold it in half, right sides of the fabric together. This will be slightly larger than the size of your finished project. (3in x 2.5in is a good finished size to aim for)
- Using a short stitch, close all sides, leaving a 1 in opening.
- Turn the fabric right side out, make sure to push out all your corners.
- Top stitch 1/8in from the edge all the way around, except where your opening is.
- Through the opening fill the bag 3/4 of the way full with rice. **
**Try adding dried herbs with your rice OR mix in a little essential oils (allow to dry before filling.) Dried lavender and eucalyptus oil are our two favorites!
- Close the hole securely either by hand or by machine, just make sure it is closed up tight!
- Make another and you’ve completed a set!
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If you’re feeling adventurous, cut out heart shapes and make some Valentine’s Day ones; these are certainly a favorite for the little girls in my house right now.
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Emily lives in Salt Lake City with her husband Jeremy and their 3 wild and crazy kiddos! She loves reading, running, baking yummy treats for her family, her early morning yoga, walking to the library and all things creative and crafty. She especially enjoys exploring nature with her children and learning side by side with them. You’ll find her chatting about all aspects of life at her blog, Industrious Emily* and also sharing her crafty side through the blog, Life at the Table.