Heart Rice Sack Tutorial

First of all…I have a giveaway winner to announce!  The winner of a copy of Vanessa Roam’s lovely book A Remnant Surprise and a rice sack kit is….
Stacey Byrne of Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!  Congrats girl!
Now, if you didn’t win, you can buy the book HERE.
And now you can make your own rice sack too!  Here is the tute, enjoy!
This project was totally inspired by the book A Remnant Surprise by Vanessa Roam.  In the book, the Great-Grandmother makes blankets that are “warm and soft, just like a hug.”  These rice sacks are just that (and quicker to make than a quilt!)
You’ll Need:
 7 Strips of quilting cotton 10 in. X 3 in.
1 Piece quilting cotton 10 in. X 18 in.
Fusible Batting
6 Cups of rice
Essential Oil (optional)
Step 1: Sew the 7 strips together and press all seam allowances to one side.  
Step 2: Cut the stripped fabric into a heart.  Cut the back piece into a heart as well.
Step 3: Cut batting into a heart (using your stripped piece as a guide) and iron onto the stripped piece.
Step 4: Stitch down the seams 1/8″ down the same side you ironed the seam allowances.
Step 5: Pin the now quilted piece to the back piece, stitch around the heart leaving a 3″ opening.
Step 6: Cut triangles out of the curved seam allowances, cut the corners.
Step 7: Turn and Press.
Step 8: Fill with Rice.
Step 9: Hand-stitch closed (or, machine stitch if you’re lazy like me!)  
                         Step 10: Then heat in the microwave for 1 minute and snuggle!

If you make one, I’d love to see you put it up on Flickr!  


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9 thoughts on “Heart Rice Sack Tutorial

  1. We have tons of rice filled hot pads at our house. I just make mine square or rectangular with velcro closures on one end and a muslin filled rice bag on the inside. I like to be able to wash the exterior covers since we use them in the winter to heat up our feet! Love the quilted heart shaped ones though! Great scrap buster project!

  2. I love these! I’m thinking my niece with sensory issues would like them as well, she adores her weighted blanket. Great idea on so many levels!

  3. Nice gift idea. sewVery’s comment about making different shapes made me think of attaching two longer filled rectangles on the long sides. An adult or child could insert their hands and wrists into the warm tube while waiting for the car to warm up on a cold morning.

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