Thank you everyone for your comments on my post about the trip to IKEA. I'm feeling much better about the whole experience now, partially due to having had a few days to recover, and partially due to reading that so many of you also use IKEA for some of your home furnishings. In fact, Sarah from Down By the Sea has actually just ordered the same couch and for very similar reasons. They are the owners of a new Westie puppy (be sure to click on the link and scroll down to see the adorable new addition to their family), and Sarah is hoping this couch proves to be Westie proof. I'm hoping so too, Sarah!
Okay, on to today's topic. Sewing. Given what I know about sewing the post should end here. I'm still learning how to thread my new Janome machine, and how to make it do fancy things like stitch forwards and backwards. So, given my distinct lack of skills, you might be surprised to hear that I am going to give you instructions for a sewing project. And no, it isn't a lesson on how to run over your finger with the needle.
If you live in a cold climate and need a quick last minute gift item for someone on your list, I suggest making them a rice bag. In fact, if you live in a cold climate I suggest making yourself a rice bag first, then making one for that person on your list only if you still have enough time. Rice bags and a hot water bottle are my best friends during the cold winter months here in Canada. And because I am such a wimp, they are also my friends during the cool late autumn and early spring months. Which means that basically the only time I don't use them is during the summer.
For those of you who aren't familiar with rice bags, they are exactly what the name implies. Bags filled with rice. The magic happens when you heat the bag up in the microwave for a few minutes. The cold cloth filled lump becomes a wonderfully warm tool for heating beds, sore shoulders, or shivering people.
You really can't go wrong when you make these. Just take some flannel and cut into squares about 13" X 13". Sew up the sides, leaving a space about 4 inches long open so you can fill it with rice, then hand sew it shut when you're done.
It couldn't be easier, right? Well, there's a reason the title of this post is Simpleton Sewing.
Yes, I managed to fill both bags Wrong Side Out before I noticed what I had done. This meant I got to do the rather tedious step of filling the rice bags twice.
You don't want to put too much rice into them or they will take forever to heat. Anywhere between ⅓ to ½ full should do.
There is one small word of warning I should issue if you decide to make one of these for a gift. Choose the recipient wisely. All the women in our family love rice bags. And pretty much all the men hate them.