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thixle
« on: December 25, 2003 01:58:28 PM »

These were a big hit today at Christmas! You can make the covers out of plain material (as I did) and paint designs, or use a fancy fabric!



Here are the ones I made:


And, my favorite (Yes, it is "Amy Brown" inspired, and hopefully, I haven't infringed on the copyright-- not selling):
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« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2003 03:27:34 PM »

i got one of these today too! mine is filled with rice, what did you fill yours with? Wink can you do a cold pack by putting it in the freezer? i only knew about the microwave trick. that is great.
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thixle
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2003 03:42:59 PM »

Yup, mine were rice (with cinnamon for yummy smells)!

I have one that I keep in the freezer-- that way it's cold in case of emergencies (breaks, sprains, and bruises).  And from freezer to microwave it only takes about 2 minutes to get good and toasty!
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« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2003 04:23:23 PM »

wow! Shocked those are uber cute. I like the material. You said you painted it? It looks really good. HMMM...I wonder if maybe some sort of scent could be added to make it smell yummy when you heat it up??(mabee lavender or something) Great job!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2003 09:58:36 PM »

i was wondering if anyone has ever tried different things to put inside??  my friend has one made w/ corn (which i thought was kinda funny cuz she's from iowa).

thixle, i love your pillows!!  awesome job.  i like the "you should try this" one.  very funny  Grin  plus, i've never seen them w/ a pillow cover.  cool idea.  i'll have to give one of these a shot!!  thank you.

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« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2003 07:06:24 AM »

I put flaxseed and lavander in mine.  It's good for headaches.
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2003 07:24:47 AM »

these are great!! i got one of those homemade heat/cold packs a couple years back.....but god it smelled nasty... was full of herbs that were supposed to have an aromatherapy affect i guess  Tongue  but the rice..maybe with something like cinnamon mixed in sounds a lot more happy  Kiss  and  these things are so expensive, yet so easy to make...i know what my christmas craft will be next year!!
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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2003 07:30:54 AM »

i just thought...on the sock snowman thread they were talking about weevels?? invading the rice.. or growing in them [i dont quite get the whole situation]  but...what could u do from not having weevels in the hot/cold packs??  they suggested the silica packs from new shoes, but i dont think u could do that with something u microwave??
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« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2003 01:39:19 PM »

"what could u do from not having weevels in the hot/cold packs??"

I dried the rice out in the oven (low, low, temp.)... I've done these before and never had a problem with bugs.

oh, I know this from raising exotic birds-- Most of the time, when bugs get into your dry goods (flour, rice, oatmeal, etc.) it is because it already contains larva or eggs.  Yuck, disgusting to think about... or if it comes in contact with contaminated dry goods. So, I just pop mine in the oven on a cookie sheet, which takes out all moisture and kills any eggs or larva. *shudders*

PS-- I have a friend who makes them with dry "soup bean" mix. There was a huge thread going at glitter about different things to put in the heat/ cold packs... http://discuss.gromco.com/mwforum/topic_show.pl?id=36318#396010
http://discuss.gromco.com/mwforum/topic_show.pl?id=35813#390797
http://discuss.gromco.com/mwforum/topic_show.pl?id=36171#394216
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« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2003 02:01:29 PM »

wow, thanks for the input thixle
and for the links, altho i would get so overwhelmed if i tried to get into glitter   Wink my minds already churning... rice, flaxseed, buckwheat hulls?  Huh  so many ideas in my head

i think ill just stick to cooking the rice some...altho now im worried about what they mentioned about a "ricey"  smell....bleh..
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« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2003 08:05:32 PM »

I just read this thing on pain packs:

http://www.birthyouwant.com/relax_packs.htm

Interesting. It says over time rice loses its ability to absorb the heat and the cold.

So if you make a flax seed bag, do you just pour in the flax seed straight into the pain pack from a flax seed bag? No special prep (other than mixing in a scent if desired)?

Also, what type of paint did you use? It doesn't crack or peel or fade or anything with time and use? Your designs are absolutely gorgeous and I'd love to try my hand at making one of these. I might print words in that cool 'Rock Steady' grafitti-ish font that No Doubt uses, the kind that was showing up on all the purses and clothes a while ago. I still really like that font! Hahah!

Thanks guys! I'm also new here and, ike singtotheskies, I am amazed at all the wonderful crafty people here!

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« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2003 08:43:26 PM »

I don't know if you need to do anything to the flax seed before you put it in... Anyone?

For the fairy pillows: I used acrylic paint (the apple barrel/ folk art kind), watered down a little so it would flow. Then I used StaSet Fabric Painting Fixative to set it (made by Delta). It's acetic acid (only ingredient) in case you can't find that brand name. All you do is soak it into a paper towel, then iron until the paper towel is dry. It makes the paint more flexible, and you can even put it in the washer AND dryer without problems!!!

For the panda and "You should try this" pillows: I used Painters Opaque Paint Pens, then just ironed them like the package said to. It's the first time I've used them, so I don't know how they'll hold up, but it makes the lettering go really fast with a nice, clean edge.
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« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2003 01:46:16 PM »

thixle, they look fantastic!

i'm wondering about the cinnamon... did you use powder, or broken up sticks?
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« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2003 01:59:13 PM »

Ooops! I used powdered cinnamon  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2003 10:34:57 AM »

ah, cool. i suppose broken sticks would work too?

i've also heard you can use deer feed corn in these... here's an interesting read:

http://www.sew-whats-new.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=11131&highlight=heat+rice
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« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2003 09:32:52 AM »

I also just made a bunch of these for Solstice presents and they went over extremely well.  I used buckwhear (the whole berry) for the filling and polar fleece for the fabric.  I was a little leary of using the fleece because it seemed like something that would melt extrordinarily easily in the microwave.  But I saw a cat shaped pillow for sale at my local coop and figured fleece must be safe to use.  They came out great and I included a little tag with the instructions and list of ailments to use the pillows for.

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« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2003 01:04:11 PM »

hi turtle,

it's interesting you should mention using fleece, as i've heard it can melt, too... check out this thread http://www.sew-whats-new.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=11131
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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2003 10:15:31 AM »

Here's my sad story about making heat packs...

Having read that corn holds heat better than other grains, I bought a bunch of feed corn at a local health food co-op (bulk food section). A few days later I sewed the muslin bags (about 13 x 9 inches), and being ever so clever, I sewed three channels into the bag so that the grain wouldn't slide to one end.

Then I settled in the living room to fill the bags. I put the big plastic sack of corn on the coffee table, put on a movie, and did my scoop and fill and slipstitch routine. My two kitties were endlessly fascinated with the bag of corn, presumably because I never put big sacks of grain on the coffee table.

This process went on for a while because I am slow at handstitching. They moved closer and closer to the bag. Then I stopped and looked at the cats. Looked at the plastic bag. Realized that they were doing the cat equivalent of pointing. The corn was ALIVE with black bugs. Ick!

Did I mention that I have a bug phobia?

So ended my heat bag plans. But now, perhaps I would be willing to try it again after baking the corn for a long time...er, several days?  Cheesy And I won't be buying grains from the health food co-op again!
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« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2003 10:35:37 AM »

oh my god alix! i feel all itchy now! ick.

i guess you could always nuke the grain too, rather then oven bake? it'd be quicker anyways...
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« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2003 10:50:00 AM »

I should add that I tossed the corn -- and the bag I was making, and the flax seed that I bought with the corn -- after sealing it all in a 2-1/2 gallon plastic zip bag. Not environmentally friendly, no, but when it comes to bugs, I am irrational.

SO, if I did nuke or bake grain, I'd start with a new batch. Don't want anyone thinking that I'd give friends and family bags of corn and dead bugs.

I need another shower. Sorry, folks!
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« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2004 10:02:46 PM »

"what could u do from not having weevels in the hot/cold packs??"

I dried the rice out in the oven (low, low, temp.)... I've done these before and never had a problem with bugs.


quick question: how low? and how long? thanks...
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« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2004 11:56:59 PM »

thewalrusisme-- just spread it on a cookie sheet, cook at about 200 degrees. Stir every 15 minutes or so, and take it out when it is dry... Ummm... I think maybe 2 hours? Check it by taking out a spoonful and letting it cool to the touch. If it feels damp, put it back in.
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« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2004 10:03:12 AM »

I have made and used rice bags for years for my Chihuahuas.  My oldest is almost seven.  She discovered a rice tube I used for my neck and I quite honestly got tired of her laying on my neck (she's only 4 1/2 pounds, but hey! it's my neck!!!)  I made my first pad for with rice and added some lavender leaves from my plant outside.  She loves it and has loved it ever since.  I change out the pad after 2 years just because I like change - the dogs (I now have four of them... <g>) There has never been a bad smell and I believe heating them as often as I do will take care of any bugs that might even think about...  My littlest one requires her "bed" to be warmed up at least 4-7 times a day!  I have thought about using field corn, but rice works for us!  I use 3 lbs of rice in them and after heating them for 2.5 minutes, they stay warm with a light blanket on it for 3-4 hours!
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« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2004 02:37:20 PM »

aw, that sounds so cute!! they really stay warm for that long? i didn't know...
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« Reply #25 on: February 08, 2004 04:03:49 PM »

It does stay warm a long time - I have a picture at Webshots in my pic file...  I'll try to post the pic .  Belle is the little one flanked by our latest save from the pound (Joy) with the while haired Buddy...
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« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2004 02:40:50 PM »

they are too adorable!! Grin

i just want to reach into my monitor and cuddle them!!
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« Reply #27 on: June 07, 2004 12:20:16 PM »

Do you need to put covers on them? Sad I made some for my Gran with really ace fabric, and i don't wantto cover it up! Plus, I'm lazy  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #28 on: June 11, 2004 05:12:43 PM »

Hi all --- first post here.

I made a bunch of these bags a few years ago as Christmas gifts for family & friends. I used silk (cut-up silk blouses from the used clothing store!) and filled them with a mixture of lentils and lavender. I was inspired by one that my grandmother had received as a gift, although hers was filled entirely with lavender. I kept a couple for myself, of course, and I've had them for over 5 years and never had a problem with bugs...

A few random thoughts:

The weight of the lentils (or rice) is reallly nice to just lay across your forehead or over your eyes if you have a headache --- I rarely heat or chill mine, but the silk feels cool even at room temperature.

You might want to be careful about putting cinnamon, esp. of the ground variety, into the bags --- for one, it can stain fabric, and it's also a skin irritant, so don't use it in bags that you're going to put across your eyes or on your face.

If you use silk, use a couple of layers of it in the bag, so that the powder (lavender gets crushed up over time) doesn't seep out.
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« Reply #29 on: June 12, 2004 10:54:15 AM »

thanks for the cool tips trufflegirl - i had no idea that cinnamon was an irritant!

welcome to the boards  Grin
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« Reply #30 on: June 15, 2004 11:00:14 AM »

Those are cool! I like the "you should try this" one, but where did you get the picture? im seing those things everywhere and i want the link! Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: September 17, 2004 02:05:09 PM »

Wow, these sound like fun. I think I will have to try my hand at some.
I'm curious how one goes about this. Do you just put uncooked rice in a bag? Any instruction would be welcome... pardon my ignorance.  Smiley
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