I loved the one she made for our family, I used it all the time. But it got lost!
So I finally decided to make my own. I’ve been wearing it almost non-stop since I made it last night, I’m even wearing it as I type this post.
If my mom saved her pattern I wouldn’t know where to find it, so I made up my own design. I probably should have done a little more planning and a little more math… but I didn’t.
I just winged it.
And it turned out pretty good.
Here’s how I did it!
First I drew out a template on a piece of paper. Once I tried on the piece of paper I knew what adjustments I wanted to make.
After you get it all cut out, put the right sides together, then sew along the areas I have marked in red. Make sure you do a few snips around the curve (just don’t snip the seam), this helps it move and take shape better. I also included my dimensions to give you an idea of how much fabric you might need.
Next I sewed some chambers. The red lines are the same seams as the red lines in the earlier photo. The green ones are the new seams. Make sure you don’t sew all the way to the open edges, you will need space to turn under the edge and sew it down.
As you can see, the top four chambers are 2 inches and the bottom four chambers are 2 3/4 inches. This is because I didn’t do math before I cut it out. Feel free to make your own adjustments if you would like even chambers.
I mixed approximately 11 cups of rice with 2 cups of lavender and had about 2 cups of lavender/rice mixture left over.
This is what the lavender looks like. I bought it from “The Herb Shop” in Orem, UT for about $7.50. It smells heavenly. I also found some on Amazon, for those of you who live nowhere near Orem, UT.
Remember how I didn’t sew all the way to the open edge when sewing my chambers? This is why. After filling the chambers, I folded the raw edges inward and sewed on top of it to close the chamber. If I had sewed to the edge I wouldn’t have been able to fold it in.
-To warm it up, pop it in the microwave for about 3-4 minutes.
-If you mix herbs in with your rice, store it in a ziplock back to preserve the scent. The ones my mom made several years ago still smell nice! (probably because they’re stored in ziplock bags)
-Only use cotton fabric and cotton thread. These are going in the microwave, you can only use microwavable materials.
-You can design other shapes. I know I plan on making a square one, with chambers, for menstrual cramps or warming up my bed on a cold winter night. I’d also like to make smaller 4″ by 4″ squares to throw in my coat pockets when I go in the backyard to watch my nieces and nephews play in the snow… of course that idea is for another year because this year we seem to be missing our snow!
If you make one of these, I would love to see how yours turned out!
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