Rice filled cold packs: an easy sewing project, pretty result and very very useful! Use them at home or give them to other parents. These cold packs go a long way!
Every parent needs to comfort bumps and bruises every now and then. Small knees, elbows, foreheads and wrists, well they get hurt. Usually you simply need something that is cold, to reduce swelling. And it reduces the pain sensation. Personally I don’t like those fancy cooling gel packages that are icing cold and need additional wrapping (so you need to hunt for a wash cloth). You need a cold pack that can safely be put directly on the skin. One that is cold but not too cold. Oh, and it must be pretty – that helps too!
The good thing is: cold packs are dead easy to make! With a minimum of materials and time you can make them! Essentially, with a few scrap pieces of cotton fabric, rice and a sewing machine, you’re good to go!
// What do you need?
- 2 rectangular pieces of pretty cotton fabric. I used 22x15cm (9″x6″) for a small pack and 32x15cm (12.5″x6″) for a long pack.
- sewing machine (or just a needle and thread for the patient ones)
- pack of cheap rice
- piece of paper (to make a funnel)
// Sewing instructions
Step 1. Cut out two rectangular pieces of fabric.
Step 2. Place the fabric pieces together, nicely aligned, right sides (printed sides) together. Pin to secure.
Step 3. Stitch along all sides (backstitch at the beginning and the end), but leave a 5 cm (2 inch) gap. Trim along the sides and corners.
Step 4. Turn the rice bag inside out, so the right sides (the patterned side) is on the outside. Carefully use a blunt pencil to push out the corners.
Step 5. Make a paper funnel: fold a piece of paper diagonally. Tape to secure. Cut out the bottom such that there is a hole of roughly 2.5 cm (1 inch). This will allow the rice to pass through without clogging up and making a mess. Insert the funnel into the bag.
Step 6. Fill the bag 2/3rd with rice. Shake the rice to the ‘bottom’ (the side opposite the opening). Fold the fabric inward to close the gap and topstitch the opening to finish the cold pack. I used a big book to support the rice bag while topstitching, it was tugging away from the sewing machine because if the weight of the rice. That did the trick.
Fini! This is what it looks like, the finished sewing project! Make a few in different sizes: small ones for hands and forehead, long ones to wrap around the knee or ankle.
They make great gifts too. I’ve given a good number away and people love them because they come in so handy. Happy sewing!