Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Boo boo Bag

I saw something kinda like this at a craft fair a few years ago. I have since modified it, and it has become one of the best things to have around my house. It fixes everything from a bruise that needs some ice to a fever or even the occasional owwie that needs a little TLC.

This boo boo bag is my take on a bean bag, in that it is a small remnant of fabric that is filled with long grain rice. You can put it in the freezer (that's where we keep ours) until you need it, but it can also double as a heating pad for your little one. To make this a heating pad, simply remove the cover and microwave the inner bag at 50% in 30 second intervals, until you get it to the desired temperature.

Have your little one pick out the fabrics to make it fun and exciting. My daughter has her own princess themed one; while my son has a NASCAR themed one. We have made several for other people too, and they love to pick out fabrics for them too.

1 1/4 cup long grain white rice can not be instant
1 remnant of flannel fabric
1 remnant of cotton fabric

Step 1- Cut (2) 6 1/2" squares from the flannel fabric.
Note: You could cut (1) 13" x 6 1/2" piece and fold in half.

Step 2- Sew the two edges together completely, and for the top, leave about 2" open.
Note: The opening will allow for you to turn the bag right-side out.

Step 3- Turn bag right-side out.

Step 4- Fill bag with 1 1/4 cups of rice.
Note: This can be a little tricky- I put all of the rice into a sandwich bag, and then snipped a corner off and placed that snipped corner into the opening at the top and let all of the rice fall in.

Step 5- Fold rough edges of bag in (so you can't see them) and pin. Sew.
Note: The bag is easier to sew together if you pin it in the middle to keep the rice from shifting while you sew the edge shut.

Step 6- Cut (2) 8 1/2" squares from the cotton fabric remnant.
Note: Again, you could cut a single piece 17" x 8 1/2" and fold.

Step 7- Fold 1" on one end of each piece. This is the hem for the case of the boo boo bag. Pin and sew each piece.

Step 8- Pin and sew the remaining edges together. The cover will look like a mini-pillowcase when completed.

Step 9- Turn cover right-side out. A little helper can do this for you.

Step 10- Place rice-filled bag inside of cover.

That's it! Ready for you to place in the freezer for when your little one might need it.
Another option to this, is adjusting the size of the bag itself. You can make a longer rectangular one and it becomes a bag for an adult to use for an achy back. You can make a smaller rectangular one and put a few drops of essential oil in it for fragrance and it becomes soothing to your eyes at the end of a long day- or for giving out for Christmas. :^)

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