My mom was feeling junky earlier last week, and in trying to think of something that might help, I remembered that I’d bookmarked a tutorial for a hot or cold rice bag thingy. Since she got better before I got a chance to make one, I gave it to her for one of her Mothers’ Day presents.
The reason it took me so long to make these is that I used buckwheat (which I had to go get) instead of rice (which I have in the house) — when I was pregnant, I hated the smell of cooking rice, so I wanted to avoid that since my mom mentioned that when she feels nauseated she sometimes gets hypersensitive about smells. I bought a whole lot of loose cardamom at the same time as the buckwheat though, so it’s slightly cardamom-scented, whoops! But cardamom smells good!
The bottom one was for my mom, and I used Wild Olive’s super cute baby and mama sloth pattern. The top one was for my sister-in-law; the gnome is from Lark Cottons. (Can I just say? Lark Cottons is awesome! I ordered my fabric in the middle of the night — basically on Friday morning — and then I got my fabric on Saturday! I made my purchase when they were having a free-fat-quarter-with-your-order thingy, and she took the time to choose one that went with the stuff I ordered [I ordered three pezzy prints, and she gave me a fq of that in a different color]. And the fabric cuts were really nice and straight, andand the store’s shopping cart is fantastic. I’m a sucker for good site design.)
I only gave my sister-in-law the buckwheat pillow, so I made a drawstring bag to make it a little fancier. The attached taggy card things have instructions for heating (microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes with a small cup of water alongside), instructions for cooling (stick it in the freezer, heh), and a warning (don’t put it on your eyes if it’s too hot, yo!). When I was reading up on these, I read a surprising number of cautionary comments — people who microwaved their bags for FIVE minutes and were surprised when they got burnt, and someone who enjoyed having the heat pack on her eyes, but then had fuzzy vision for two weeks afterwards. Yeesh!
Edit: I’m linking to Clover and Violet’s Summertime Adventures linky for projects on the go. Embroidery is great to carry around with you! In fact, I almost never embroider at home — I mainly do it at work (during lunch! not when I’m supposed to be working!). 😀