{Rice Pads and Sleep Masks}

Tuesday, May 12, 2009




For my Mother-in-laws Mother's Day gift and my sister-in-laws birthday gift, I made these simple rice-filled heat pads. They can be heated in the microwave (the pads, not my in-laws) for a minute or two, and will stay warm for 45 minutes. They also can be kept cold in the freezer for a cold pack.

I have a cheap sleep mask that I cannot take a nap without. So with the border of my HomeGoods clearance zebra print towel, I was able to make three sleep masks. The border was a striped pattern, so I really liked the contrast.

Okay, Mom & Christi, avert your eyes, cuz I'm gonna break it down for my peeps:

The towel was $5. With this size bath towel, I can get 4 decent sized rice pads. One would think a small rice pack is nice, so a BIG rice pack, better, right? WELL, Rice is kind of heavy, so too big a pack is not so comforting, unless your spleen is craving compression... I used the serged edges as my handles, no extra sewing needed! I also got the three eye covers out of the same towel, with on-hand elastic.

The rice for 1 pack is about 4 dollars~ roughly 7 pounds. I bought Walmart's white long grain rice in the 10 pound bags.

A scent can be added to the rice, like dried lavender, or my favorite, peppermint. I've also added vanilla to some. These I left pure, since scent can be a very personal thing-some like it, some don't, and I wasn't sure how they felt.

Grand total= I'm not good with math. But for each gift of an eye mask and rice pad, I spent less that $5. Not bad. They also were very quick sews! This is quickly becoming one of my go-to gifts.

What are some of your go-to gifts?


5 Creative People Had This To Say:

Cassie said...

These are such a great idea! Whenever Bath and Body Works or Victoria's Secret has sales I stock up and use those as my go-to gifts. Not as creative as yours though!

Songbirdtiff said...

I have made these before, but never thought about using high quality towels. That's an added bonus!

Somehow I missed the fact that you are adopting. Did you know that we are adopting, too? We should be parents in a few months!!!

Sarah Mae said...

"They can be heated in the microwave (the pads, not my in-laws)"

LOL! You are a funny gal my friend!

This is very cool!

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

I *love* these! I make something similar for my babies! I really like the idea of using towels--how ingenious--and with such a cool print!! Zebra is HOT right now and I have to say I'm liking it A LOT.

care said...

You are so creative!