A little preamble and apologies for not exactly following the "rules" of this challenge! The intent of the stash busters challenge is to create something new from all the stuff we have stashed in our craft cabinets/closets/boxes. I had started out with the plan to do just that, using up extra fabric scraps this month to create some fun rice bags but then the project took on a life of its own!
We are huge fans of using microwavable rice bags to help soothe all that ails us - from sore muscles, to stomach cramps, to just sometimes needing a bit of extra comfort that comes from snuggling in bed with something warm. We only have a few of them though and recently my daughter has started wanting to have one every night. Which made me think that we should make some of our own and then to make them extra fun covers for them, but then my daughter got involved and the project evolved!
Rice Bag Stuffies
We took some small stuffies and made them into fluffy cuddly rice bags. Here's how we did it:
- Gather some small stuffies, look for ones that aren't complicated, no arms and legs that are stuffed. Also be sure the ones you choose don't have any metal anywhere, including metallic threads or shiny glitter accents
- Using your stick ripper open a small incision in the seam of the stuffy, make it just big enough to be able to remove the stuffing. Remove the stuffing and add it to your stash of craft supplies for later use!
- Using a small funnel pour rice into the stuffie, leave some room for the rice to move around but use enough to fill the stuffie up!
- Sew shut
- Voila! A multipurpose rice stuffed stuffie - great to heat up and use for comfort, also awesome as a bean bag toy
Want to add an extra bit of luxury to your rice bag? Add some of your favorite essential oil to the rice before stuffing.
Rice Bag Stuffie Cover
Sometimes bad things happen to favourite stuffies. Like the time my dog thought Perry The Platypus was a dog toy and Perry ended up with some puncture marks in the side. We would have just patched up the holes, removed the stuffing and created a rice bag stuffie, but instead went a different route.
Using the area where the puncture marks were i cute Perry open on the side and removed the stuffing. Because Perry has legs that were also stuffed I needed to sew up the holes of all the legs (to stop the stuffing from leaving). I will also be using a whip stitch around the hole that I created to finish off the project and prevent the material from fraying.
Next: Make the rice bags.
Using left over material I cut out a simple rectangle and sewed it shut on three sides, plus about half way on the fourth side = this is a great intro to sewing project for kids as well. Turn the rectangle inside out and using the small opening left (from not sewing the fourth side completely shut) fill with rice. Hand sew the opening shut and you have your very own custom made rice bag. You can heat this in the microwave and the stuff it inside your hollowed out stuffy for a soft and cuddly heated rice bag!
Be sure to check out the other Stash Busting Crafters as well!
Host: Emily from A Pop of Red
Megan from Make Something Mondays
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox
Martha from The Art in Martha
Vanessa from Social Stampers
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary
Jemma from Thimble and Twig