These neck warmers/ muscle relaxers are especially nice in the winter but are useful all year. Heat one up and put on your shoulders to relax tense muscles. Warm yourself when coming in from the cold or use it to warm up your feet when crawling into bed on chilly nights.
They work well as a cold pack too. Store one in the freezer in a sealed plastic bag. Your kids will likely prefer a cold “rice” pack over a bag of frozen peas. The rice bags are softer and not as cold. You might want to make a smaller bag for this purpose.
Heat it up in the microwave for a minute or two. Check after a minute to see if it is the desired temperature. Don’t over-heat because the filler can burn. Be careful that you don’t overheat because it can burn your skin.
My young students made these for gifts at my recent December “green” craft workshops. This is a great project suitable for beginner sewers.
Think Mother’s day gift, Christmas gift, get well gift…
Fold and cut. However you fold your fabric, you should end up with a rectangle that is about 18 inches long and 5.5 inches wide. You need a top and a bottom. You can custom make yours longer or shorter.
Sew with good sides touching. Make sure you sew all the way to the edge. You don’t want the rice to fall out the corners! Clip corners.
Turn right side out. Use a knitting needle to gently poke the corners out. Be careful not to poke a hole in the corners while doing this.
Add rice. I use about two pounds of rice for each neck warmer. You can also use oat wheat berries, flaxseeds or dried corn. You can also add a little lavender if you like or scented oils.
Tuck in the raw edges. Pin and then machine sew the opening closed. Hand sew if you prefer.
You can sew it in sections if you like to keep the filler from going all to one side. I don’t think this is necessary however.
There rice bags are also great to use as a hand rest when typing. I love to use it when I’m getting chilly working on the computer.
This one was made by re-purposing the fabric from unwanted flannel PJ’s.