Ever since we moved from SD, I have had use of a microwave again. I’ve gone over 5 years without one and have not minded a bit. I really would rather not have one, but now there is one hanging in the kitchen we are using and it is just so darn convenient that I have found myself using it. Often. So this weekend I decided to fully give in and make myself a microwave rice bag to help chase the chills away. I started the project and didn’t like how the design was looking, so I decided to try a fox drawing I had made a couple weeks ago. Love foxes and love how this critter came out!
I drew my fox on freezer paper and then traced the individual parts onto fusible web. Picked out my fabric, and ironed it all on the reddish corduroy.
After I fused everything together, I used the free motion foot on my sewing machine to stitch around the fox. Embroidered some eyes/nose and then added the flowers. Oh, and I also free motioned the word “foxy” next to the fox.
I fully understand how things get dirty with little ones now, so I decided to make the bag pillow style so that I can remove the cover to wash it.
The inside is a simple bag of muslin filled with about 3.5 cups of rice.
I wasn’t exactly sure what kind of rice to use, so I went with a long grain, not instant, rice. The first time I microwaved it I heard some little pops from it, but all has been silent since. I think it worked!
This project is a slight nod to the microwave, but we are in no way friends yet.
To any one who might be wondering…we do have microwaves in SD….kee hee hee.
I’ve made rice bags before….not nearly as cute as yours! But, I used basmati rice as it smells nice when you microwave it. I had made the bags when I taught yoga and made “pillowcases” for them so I could wash the pillow cases and use the bags in class – more hygienic. Sometimes I sprayed them with lavendar or other essential oils. mmmmm. My kids love to take them to bed when they aren’t feeling well. So fun to see your projects!
I love this!! We are looking for easy projects to adapt to a kids sewing class in our neighbouhood. We are going to get the kids to hand applique this fox onto a smaller size fabric square which we will sew up on the machine for them. They will get a chance to go a little applique and a little embroidery:) They’ll each have a small rice bag to take home when they are done.