Release those Aches–Day #19

We are making our way through 30 days of Handmade gifts in November.  I am loving all the ideas that have been compiled so far and I am using a number of them for Christmas gifts this year.  Maybe on Dec. 1st as a last post I’ll show you all the items I’ve compiled as gifts.  I’m pretty excited about being done early and with a lot less cost than their counterpart store-bought gifts would be.

Today I’m showing you one that I received as a gift a few years ago.  From the same friend who makes the fleece blankets.  I know that she also gave away a number of these to other people that year.

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She used this flannel material with pretty hearts on it to make me a bean sack that you warm in the microwave to put on your neck or back (or whatever) when it’s sore.  I use this a lot.  You just pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds and place it on your neck where the beans conform to skin so it generally will stay where you put it without having to hold it there.

TO MAKE IT:

1. Cut a long rectangle of material (you could use two shorter rectangles but this eliminates one seam).  Flannel works well because it’s also soft on your skin.

The dimensions of the one I have are about 8 inches wide and 11 inches long (about the size of a piece of paper).  You can make it any length/width you want, though.  You could do a long, narrow tube that goes all the around the neck as well.

2. Put material wrong sides together and sew up two sides – sewing partway across the third side.  Leave about 2-3 inches open.

3. Fill with beans (or you can use rice – just make sure it’s not instant rice; or you can use oatmeal – but it will give off a smell when heated so be careful who you give that to)

Optional: add a few drops of essential oils like Lavender that will help calm as well.  Eucalyptus is another good one.  The smell will be stronger when it is heated so don’t use too much!

4. Fold seam in where the opening is and topstitch closed.

This doesn’t take much material to make and rice is really cheap at the bulk barn.  So I would think you could make this for “less” then $5 total.  If you spent $5 you could make more than one.  Flannel is not expensive.  And it doesn’t take much skill.  You can even hand sew it if you don’t have a machine.

So if you’re looking for an inexpensive gift THIS IS IT!

If you’re looking for easy, THIS IS IT

If you’re trying to think of a gift for the person who has everything, THIS IS IT!

THIS IS IT, folks.

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