½ yard Fabric (I used cotton, but any would work) in your favorite color 1-2 bags of rice (You can use lavender rice to make it smell pretty, but I’m not sure where to find it) Sewing machine Washable marker or fabric chalk Needle and thread for hand-sewing File folder or cardboard (optional)
Trace your fabric. I used a file folder to make a perfect template for tracing on my fabric, but it is not necessary. You need a ‘C’ shape that is half of a circle and will fit around your shoulders and hang over your neck. You will need to trace two identical shapes. I used a washable marker on the back of the fabric so it wouldn’t show. Yes, I need tailor’s chalk!
Cutout your fabric shapes, leaving about ¼” buffer for sewing.
Pin your two shapes together, pretty sides together (you will turn right side-out later). Sew your pieces together using a sewing machine (or by hand if you’re that patient), staying on the lines you drew. Leave about 2” open at the end for turning it inside-out and adding rice.
Turnyour rice neck warmer right side-out through the hole you left unsewn (pillowcase style). DO NOT SEW THE HOLE UP YET.
The first time I made one of these rice warmers, I didn’t make it in a ‘C’ shape, and I didn’t add these dividers. Now I see my mistake. The dividers are great because they keep all the rice from moving to one side of the warmer. To do this, sew about 6 straight lines from the outside to the inside of the ‘C’ shape, leaving about ½” – 1” open to add the rice. See my illustration on the next page for clarification.
Use a large funnel to add the rice to the neck warmer through the unsewn hole. Add a little rice, then use your fingers to guide the rice through your passageway to the end of the warmer. Keep adding rice and moving until all the sections are filled.
Usea needle and thread to hand-sew your hole left open. Be careful not to spill the rice.
Microwave in a [clean] microwave for 2 minutes (more or less depending on your preference) to heat. Put on neck to relieve stress, cramps, and aches. Makes a great gift!
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