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A Warm Welcome to the New Year with a Rice Hot Water Bottle

Rice Hot Water Bottles, Tamara Central

Hello friends, and Happy New Year. Perhaps more than in years past, we are ready to welcome in a new one. I recommend starting off the year cozy!

A few Christmases back my mother gave these “hot water bottles” to everyone in our family. They’re so lovely, popped under the covers just before bed, or on the feet on a chilly morning. They also work well as cold packs, so they’re so very versatile! It only takes an hour or less to make, so give it a try!

How to make Rice-filled “hot water” bottles

You’ll need:

Cotton muslin – for rice bottle, about 1/4 of a yard

Flannel – for cover about 1/4 of a yard

Rice — 2 cups per bottle

Sewing machine, scissors, thread

Begin by downloading and printing the patterns here.

Prepare fabrics by washing and drying. Using pattern, cut out muslin and flannel pieces. For the Flannel cover, cut one each of piece 1, 2 & 3 — Back top, Back bottom, and Front. From muslin, cut TWO of Piece 3, making it 1/2″ smaller than the flannel pieces.

Cut 3 pieces from flannel

From Flannel, sew 1/4″ hem on pieces 1 & 2. With right sides together, place pieces 1 & 2 over piece 3, overlapping hemmed edges so that top edge hangs over bottom one. Stitch sides. Trim and clip corners and turn right side out, press if desired.

Cut 2 from muslin, 1/2″ smaller than pattern.

Sew muslin pieces together, with 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving top open. Turn right side out.

Fill muslin “bottle” with plain rice, using a funnel. I fill mine with about 2 cups. You don’t want them so full that they are stiff.

Stitch top of “bottle” to close. Place rice filled bag inside flannel cover.

To heat, place in microwave oven for 60 to 90 seconds.

To use as cold pack, place in freezer for 15 minutes.

They’re so nice to have on hand, and would also make a delightful Valentine’s Day gift! Enjoy. ❤️

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    January 5, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    What a great gift 🎁! I didn’t know your Mom was a crafter like you. I’m not surprised.
    My Mother would love this.
    I might give it a try…

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Much love dear friend


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