Ricebag

Yes.. another ricebag.

I’m a little obsessed with these things and how easy they are to put together.

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This ricebag is the one my mom requested.  She wanted one that was long enough to wrap around her neck and shoulder area.

I cut two pieces of fabric 36in long and 6in’ wide.  I used flannel since it’s such a warm and cozy fabric.

I put them together with the “right” sides in and left a space in the top to turn it right side out.  After using a dowel to make the corners and seams come out right, I top stitched 1/4in in on each of the edges.

In order to keep the rice from constantly accumulating on one end or side of the rice bag, I decided to top stitch down the middle of the tube.  The short end measured 5in, so I put a marking on my sewing machine at the 2 1/2in mark so that I could properly topstitch down the middle of the tube.

In the opening I left, my daughter helped me pour the rice into to the two tubes.  We filled it about 2/3 full with rice.

After filling it, I topstitched 1/4in on that opening to make it look like the rest of the topstitching.

Realizing that the opening still looked “open”, I had to quickly learn to ladder stitch (thank you, Youtube!) to reinforce the seam and make it look like the rest of the seams.

With a little more practice, ricebags will definitely be something I could create to sell during craft fairs and in my Etsy store.. look out for that when it comes out!

Ricebags

I inherited a sewing machine from my husband’s coworker.  When they moved, they decided they didn’t need it anymore and my husband snagged it knowing I’ve been wanting to try my hand at sewing for a long time now.

When I got it, I had NO IDEA what anything was.  A sewing machine, even thought I had wanted it for awhile, was a completely foreign machine to me.

Luckily, my aunt came to stay with me for a week to help with things and she taught me the very basics of using my sewing machine.

After I learned the basics, I decided to work on my first sewing project.

Ricebags.

My aunt left me with some scrap fabric to play with, so I made this rice bag:

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I didn’t think about seam allowance when I made this.  I literally sewed really close to the edge when putting it together.  I also didn’t understand why everyone left the opening in the middle of one of the edges as opposed to a corner.  Once I flipped it over, I had a very difficult time folding the seam to do a top stitch to close the bag.

Lesson learned.

Despite the errors, my mother and husband loved the bag.  They both placed an order for a bag of their own.  My husband wanted a slightly larger one to warm his hands in the cold mornings.  My mother wants one that can wrap around her neck to relieve her neck and shoulder pains.  Needless to say, by the weekend after making this rice bag, we were at the local Joann’s looking for a yard of fabric to make my mother’s rice bag.

After making the ricebag, I became ambitious and wanted to make rag quilt.  I’ll be sure to post about that in the future.  I had some scrap flannel fabric from that project and decided to make my husband’s rice bag from it.

By then, I was very aware of seam allowances and I was much more comfortable with the way my sewing machine worked.  I finished the bag within half an hour.

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I made sure to leave the opening in the middle of the edge instead of at the corner.  Flipping it over, filling it up with rice, and then sewing the top stitch was much easier after learning the lessons from the first rice bag.

Next year, I plan on making several of these, giving them away as gifts, and possibly posting them on my Etsy shop.

I knew after I would learn how to use a sewing machine I’d love sewing.  I can’t wait to try more projects and try to incorporate them into the Etsy shop.  But for now, I love learning and experimenting.