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Monday, January 19, 2015

Rice Bags

Rice bags come in so handy for batching MX dyes in cold weather. They are also dead easy to make. I cut a piece of plain muslin 13" long (33cm) from a bolt. This strip I cut along the fold giving me 2 pieces 13" X 22" (56cm).

I folded it along the 22" side making a square about 13 X 11. I marked three lines dividing the fabric into four sections with the fold at the bottom.

I folded the fabric lined side in, stitched along the sides, turned it lined side out then stitched on the lines giving me four long pockets with the openings at the top. I used a funnel and cup and poured dry rice into each pocket filling them about 3/4 full and pinned them shut.

I sewed them closed and now I have 2 rice bags to keep my fabric warm while batching. Just pop the bags into the microwave for 3 minutes on high and they will stay warm for quite a while. While batching I cover the fabric and bags with a towel to keep the heat inside.

If you would like to, you can make some rice bags 6" X 22" and wrap them around your neck or use these bags to warm your feet. They deliver moist heat. You can make them in pretty fabric and give them as gifts too.


  1. I make bags filled with feed corn and they seem to stay hot longer, from more bulk I would guess. It can be a problem finding feed corn, however, if you live in a large city.

  2. That's interesting, I've not heard of doing that. I'd use it for my neck for sure!


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