Madame Samm put out a call for small gift Tutorials and I felt the need to give back. It’s the least I could do for someone who has done so much for all of us. Thanks,Madame Samm for your continued support of all things QUILT.
So let’s start with my disclaimer, I have never done a tutorial before. Remembering to take pictures at every step was the most difficult part so I hope I didn’t miss anything important for all you visual types out there. This is a wonderfully easy, and quick project that lends itself to multiples. So let the fun begin.
What you need to start:
½ yard of 100 % cotton flannel/brushed cotton for out pillow case
½ yard of 100% cotton muslin (any 100% cotton fabric will do) for the rice pillow
12 cups of regular rice (not instant or minute rice)
Yield 6 Rice Bags, approximate size 5 ½ by 10 inches
Prep time 1 hour and 15 minutes for 6 bags
PART 1 – The Pillow Cases
Step 1 –
Cut the ½ yard of flannel in half , giving you 2 fat quarters, each piece should have a selvedge edge
Step 2 - Fold the cut 18 inch edge (the edge across from the selvedge) ¼ inch and iron, fold this over another ¼ inch and ironSew this as close to the first fold as possible giving you a nice finished edge. If the other edge (selvedge) is nice you can leave it as is and go to the next step or you could trim off the selvedge and repeat this step and have 2 sewn finished edges. Do this for both pieces.
I did one side with 2 finished edges and 1 with a seldvege edge.
Step 3 – Cut both of these pieces into 3, 6 x 21 inch sections. The 6 inch edges will be the finished or selvedge edges. These are your 6 pillow cases pieces.
Step 5 – We are now going to chain piece the edges of the prepped pillow cases. Sew down one side of the 1st pillow case in your stack, then the 2nd and 3rd and so on. Once all 6 have been stitched down one side cut them apart and run them through again closing the other side.
Step 6 – Flip the sewn case inside out pushing the corners into points and you are done with PART 1
Step 1 – The Pillow
If you want, trim the selvedges off the muslin piece, I don’t.
Cut the ½ yard of muslin into 3, 6 inch wof strips, cut each of these in half. This will give you 6 strips approximately 6 x 22 inches
Step 2 – These pieces do not get finished edges. Fold the first piece in half, 6 x 11 and sew one of the side seams. START AT THE FOLD, and back stitch the first ½ inch.
You don’t want any of the rice to escape, trust me, it try’s at every opportunity to slide away from your work area to any other spot in your sewing room.
Chain piece 1 side of all 6 pillows remembering to start at the bottom and to backstitch each one. Do the same on the other edge of the bag. If the top edges do not match perfectly not to worry they get folded up and hidden in the end.
Step 3 – Flip the bags inside out remembering to push out the corners.
Now is the time to make a decision. You have the makings for 6 Rice bags in front of you. Are you planning on giving any of them to an international friend. Trust me you don’t want to pay to ship rice, it’s heavy. My solution is to make up a RICE BAG Kit, Include the Pillow Case and empty pillow and finishing instructions and the use instruction card.
Since I make multiples of these whenever I make them I usually make enough to put a couple of sets aside for emergency gifting. Empty they don’t take up much room.
Are you making them to give to people for the holidays and they need to be ready for wrapping.
I'm assuming that you are going to give some away and keeping at least one finished one for yourself so keep going you're almost done.
Step 4 – You need to set up a work area where to the best of your ability you can minimize the escape of the rice. I take a large bowl and put a large tumbler inside. Place an empty Pillow in the tumbler and fold the edge down. This gives it a little stability.
Now is the tricky part, you need to Pour 2 cups of rice into the pillow. I pour carefully from a measuring cup becauseI don’t have the patience for a funnel. This doesn’t always work hence the need for the large bowl.