Welcome to the third and final Sizzix project for the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! Today is the very last day for a monumental amount of awesome handmade gift ideas and we'd like to show you what we have up our sleeves. Thanks to local California blogger Hydrangea Hippo for giving everyone a destination location for holiday inspiration! Today's handmade holidays Sizzix gift idea comes from Sizzix Design Team member Karrie Winters from Freckled Whimsy.
Hello everyone!!! My name is Karrie and I am so happy to be here with all of you today!! This time of year is one of the busiest times for hand crafting so I am here to bring you a quick gift that is not only pretty to look at, but fun to play with, and it has a purpose!!
Today I am going to show you how to make a Rice Pillow that you can put in the microwave to heat up the rice and use it for a heating pad. I've designed it so that it has a cover so you can take it off and wash it or if necessary, replace the rice. It's also nice as you can make several covers for just one rice bag. You can have one for every occasion/outfit!
Let's make the cover first.
Using the Sizzix Big Shot or the Sizzix fabi and the Sizzix Bigz Half Hexagon, 2 1/4 Sides cut out 29 half hexagons out of desired fabrics. When cutting, be sure to place a Standard Cutting Pad down first, then the die, blade side UP, your fabric, and then another Standard Cutting Pad, then you can run it through the machine. Also, remember, if you layer your fabrics, you can place 8 layers at a time!!
Begin by placing the half hexagons using the above photo as a guide. I placed 14 on the left side and 15 on the right side. Not all of them are shown in this photo. Make sure you have them in the positions you want them in for the completed cover.
Starting at the top, flip the upper right half hexagon onto the left half hexagon. Be sure to leave an "ear" that is a 1/4". In other words, you will see the bottom green fabric peeking out (small triangle) from the top fabric that is 1/4". This is so when you press it back, the edges line up. Sew 1/4 seam and press.
The first piece was just a small seam to make the base for adding all the other half hexagons. From here on out, it will be a full seam and a perfect fit.
Flip the next piece on the right onto this base, right sides together. Look for the 1/4" triangles to be extending out from each side. Sew a 1/4" seam and press.
Then add the piece on the left in the same manner. Keep repeating this until you have 14 on the left and 15 on the right. Press them well and then sew the two pieces together matching the seams as you go. It will look a bit wonky, but that is ok.
Cut a piece of muslin or coordinating fabric and a piece of batting that is larger than your panel. Layer the muslin/fabric right side face down, the batting, and then the panel face up. Quilt as desired. I followed the lines of the half hexagons but in reverse so the points go in opposite directions.
Next you will need to trim it up so the long sides are 10.5" wide and the short sides are 9.5".
For the back we will be making an envelope closure. I like this for a few reasons.... it's easy and it helps make the covers interchangeable. Unlike a pillow you can't put a zipper in this since you will be putting it in the microwave so I feel this is the best option.
Cut two (or piece two) panels that measure 8.0" x 9.5". On one of the longer sides of each piece, fold over the edge 1/2" and press. Fold it over 1/2" again and press. Then stitch 1/8" away from the first fold to tack it down. Your panels should now measure 9.5" x 7".
Place the half hexagon panel face up and then place the back panels right sides together so the hems you sewed face to the inside. Sew 1/4" all the way around the "pillow" making sure to back stitch a few times over the center hems (4 spots) as this will be a high stress point when inserting and removing the bag. Turn right sides out! Voila!
To make the rice bag, cut two pieces of fabric ( I used plain white Moda Bella ) that are 10.5" x 9.5". Place them right sides together and sew 1/4" all the way around leaving about 3" open on a short side. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of this opening so your seam stays in place while you add the rice. Turn right sides out and add the rice until it reaches your desired fullness. Then stitch up the opening using your favorite method.
Once that is done, carefully place the rice bag into the "pillow." It may seem awkward at first but the rice will move and settle as you go making it easier. You don't want the bag to fall out of the pillow due to its weight so the envelope has to be a bit tight.
Now you can pop it in the microwave for about 2-ish minutes. This is an estimate as all microwaves are not the same so maybe start with 1 minute and test it. This time will also vary depending on how much rice you add.
Once it's warm and toasty, you will be, too!! Use it in place of a heating pad. It is so much more portable and no cords are necessary! And of course if you have kids, just send them to reheat it when it cools down...hehe!!
I hope you have enjoyed this handmade gift tutorial!!! I wish you the happiest of holidays and much happiness!!!
Other Supplies Used:
- Scraps of fabric
- A fat quarter for rice bag
- A fat quarter or scraps for envelope backing
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