Yes, I’m afraid you did, in fact, read the title correctly. This here post will in fact most certainly be a project that is … oh gosh..this is hard for me to say … er, um … HAND SEWN. Yes. The hands that did the hand sewing were my own. I’m simultaneously so proud and yet so ashamed of this. (I apologize to you meticulous types out there but I am NOT a gal who loves to do things the slow way!)
I’ve been intrigued by rice bags ever since I bought these for my sister-in-law for Christmas. They’re simply nice rectangles of fabric stuffed with rice instead of pillows. You simply heat up or freeze the bags – then place over your eyes to soothe or over your “boo-boo” to comfort. I saw this handmade project (almost exactly) in a book at Barnes & Noble, and I just HAD to make a set.
Here’s how you make these fun Boo-Boo bags:
I love this little set! I am going to keep it safe and sound until someone I know gets sick … what a fun Get Well Soon present! Here’s the breakdown:
Time: Okay….sooooo…. this is NOT a fast project – but only because it’s sewn by hand. If you machine stitch these, you’re done in about 30 minutes TOPS! Hand stitching is going to run you about 1 1/2 hours. I’ll let you guess which way I’ll create the next set!
Cost: Rice will cost you about 80 cents per bag. I used 2 bags. Since I used scrap fabric and have embroidery thread on hand, this project cost $1.60! YOWZA! If you pay for everything, you’re still looking at only paying about $5!
So there you go. A darling little project … so so cheap … not so quick … but really worth it! Send me photos if you make one!
Oh…and since you read all the way down … I’ll make a set of these* for on of YOU….IFF: you leave me a comment about why or why you do not enjoy hand sewing! I’ll choose a winner Saturday night, 1/28/12.
****Here’s the fine print: I am most certainly going to sew these with a machine. Also, I’ll need to send them without rice so that they’ll fit in the shipping envelope. All you’ll need is rice and the ability to sew them up. Sound fair?