- Arts and Design
Rice packs are FANTASTIC
Everyone buys ice packs or heating pads for things like sore muscles, aches, pains and accidents. Some buy them to relax. I enjoy the rice pack instead.
Rice packs are lovely because they can be used as an ice pack or heating pack and are super easy to make!
I have created a lot of rice packs in my day and I hand sew them all. Because I fail at everything sewing machine related. Haha
Here is my story with rice packs. When I lived with my friend Katelyn, her mom had an old, saggy rice pack in her freezer. It was wonderful. It was so old and worn out, but still worked wonderfully. Fast forward to when I began getting migraines (due to my long hair we figured out) I used ice packs on my eyes and on the back of my head to relieve the pain. But the inexpensive ice packs were hard and uncomfortable. The ones that were comfortable were upwards of $25 to $35. I couldnt pay that. I had quit my job and moved in with family after I had broken up with my abusive ex and was just starting a new, lesser paying job.
I remembered that rice pack and how old and cheap it was. So I decided to make some for myself. I grabbed some old fabric that was on sale at Wal-Mart, took a needle and thread and sewed it into a square pocket. Placed enough rice inside to fill it almost full and sewed the ends together. I made another smaller one for my eyes and then another one for practice.
My step mom took the extra I had and has had it for 7 years! 7 years of it being thrown into the microwave, into the freezer and used almost every day. I had mine for a fee years, but of course my puppy chewed it up when he was going through his chewing phase. Haha.
So here I am, 7 years later and I still make tons of rice packs! Friends and family adore them for gifts and buy them off of me for everything. I've even started doing aromatherapy rice packs. If you've never had an aromatherapy rice pack, you need to! I place a lavender one under my pillow when I'm having trouble relaxing. I tie a grapefruit one into my car in a pouch I have on one of my vents to wake me up and invigorate my senses when I'm on my way to work. I sit out on the porch with a eucalyptus and spearment one to calm my anxiety. They are lovely!
So these are wonderful little additions to any home and I price mine so that they are quite affordable for any household income.
I have attached a few pictures of the ones I will be adding to my etsy shop soon!
Forget the expensive ice packs and heating pads. Go for rice instead!
Ps. I'll be experimenting with other mediums than rice before you know It!