Rice bags are easy to make and great to give as gifts. If put in the freezer, they can be used to help reduce swelling. If placed in the microwave, they can ease sore muscles. They can be made in any size, and if you really want to get fancy, try embroidering a small design on the top piece before attaching it to the bottom. Try your hand at this simple sewing project!



Medium to Heavy Weight Fabric (for front)
Flannel (for back)
Lavender Buds (optional)
Embroidery Pattern & Thread (optional)


Cut a piece of medium to heavy-weight fabric 1” larger than the desired finished project. Cut an additional piece the same size out of flannel.
Place pieces right side together.

Beginning in the middle of one long edge, sew pieces together, leaving approximately a ¾” – 1 inch opening in the center of the opposite long edge.

Clip corners.

Turn right side out.

Fill bags with rice through the opening.

Fold fabric into the opening until even with the seams.

Slip stitch opening together.

You can also embroider the front of each bag.  Be sure to do this before you sew it together.  I also like to add dried Lavender to the rice.  Lavender is a soothing aromatherapy, and will add a touch to the benefits of these bags!

Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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