Annnnd now I have Katy Perry’s ‘Hot and Cold’ song stuck in my head. But, that’s fairly appropriate since that’s the theme of spring here in Colorado and the theme of this project!
It was a gorgeous 70 degree day on Sunday, so my folks and I went out for a bike ride. We are pretty into road biking – spandex, clips, bike gloves, helmets… the whole shebang. But since I hadn’t rode in like 5 months, I completely spaced bring a water bottle. We stopped at Target half way through the ride and I picked one up. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the squeeze top kind but I figured a twist cap wouldn’t be a big deal.
Well, we were biking along and I though I had the skills to take off and put the cap back on my water without stopping. I mean, I see people biking all the time without hands, so I figured I should be able to do it for a total of 3 seconds to maneuver the cap. Turns out I can’t. My wheel immediately turned all the way to the right and I ended up in a crumpled pile on the ground with my bike tangled with my limbs. Besides some gross scrapes and bruises, I’m not too worse for wear. But I have definitely been sore this week. So, to help soothe my stiff joints, I whipped up this easy hot and cold pack.
Want to make one too? Let’s get started!
- Uncooked Rice (the regular kind, not the ‘minute’ kind)
- Essential Oil (optional)
- General Sewing Supplies
One: Cut out two pieces of fabric the same size for the body of the pack. I cut mine 20 inches by 8 inches so it would cover both shoulders at the same time.
Two: Cut out two pieces of fabric for the handles of the pack. I cut mine 14 inches by 2 inches.
Three: Fold the edges of the handle in to the middle and press.
Four: Fold the handle in half again and top stitch along the edge. Repeat for the second handle.
Five: Pin the handles on the end of one piece of fabric, right side up, and baste stitch.
Six: Place the two pieces of fabric for the pack body together, right sides together and stitch. Leave a 3 inch hole in one end.
Seven: Turn the pack right side out and press.
Eight: Top stitch around the pack still leaving the 3 inch hole open. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the top stitch.
Nine: With some tailors chalk, mark on the back of the pack 5 straight lines to divide the pack into 6 sections.
Ten: Mix the rice and essential oil together.
Eleven: Using a funnel or a piece of paper rolled up, pour a little bit of rice into the pack, just before the first marked line.
Twelve: Sew along the first marked line, backstitching at the beginning and end, but don’t sew to the edge. Leave about an inch on either side so that the rice can move between the sections if necessary.
Thirteen: Repeat steps 11 and 12 until all the sections are filled with rice.
Fourteen: Stitch the 3 inch hole closed.
And that’s it! Just toss it in the microwave for about 2 minutes to heat it up or put it in the freezer to make it a cold pack. Make sure to always keep an eye on the pack while it’s in the microwave for safety!
And, for good measure, here’s a pic of Andy and me biking in the mountains. 😉
As I sit here with my hot pack on my shoulder, I’d love to know… what’s your clumsiest moment?