Archive for August 11th, 2010

Tryin’ to be crafty

I use a heating pad a lot for relief from my RSD.  The other night as I was trying to conform the heating pad to my foot, it just wasn’t working.  I remembered that I’d received some heatable rice bags over the years for various reasons and as I was looking for at least one of them that night, I could not find a single one.  What happened to them all?  I even had a sweet baby blue one that my friend had made for me, and it could not be found.

So I got to thinkin’…how hard would it be to make one for myself?  My biggest obstacle is that I don’t own a sewing machine, but I do know how to do simple stitching.  So the more I looked online, the more I realized that I could do this!!  The first ones I made were these:

Oddly, these look rather dirty, but I PROMISE they are clean 😀  I filled both of them with whole oats and cinnamon and then hand stitched the tops.  After popping one in the microwave for a minute…it actually stayed toasty warm for quite awhile and smelled  wonderful!  I’ve been keeping them in the freezer in between heatings.  I’m hoping it will keep the oats from getting moldy, but I’m not even sure this is necessary.

Then I made this one:

You have to use a microwaveable ziploc bag for the inside or if you have a sewing machine, you can make a smaller bag made out of some material for the rice and then make this washcloth bag for the outside.  (i used a ziploc).  I took two washcloths and hand stitched all around the outside except for one side.  Then I placed the rice bag inside, fold over the top and finished sewing it up.  A sewing machine would have made this a really quick fun project, but such as it is…I’ve enjoyed the hand stitching, too.  There was a time in my life that I did cross stitching….and someday I’ll do it again 😀

My new lil’ rice pillow has been working wonderfully!  I pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and I have heat for at least an hour.  And I love the way that it conforms to my foot.  The material is nice and soft….important for RSD!

The kids were sooooo impressed by my “skills” that I’m now working on one for each of them.  Here’s the one I’ve started for Reagan:

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