A quick and easy finish today. With thoughts of getting ready for giving birth starting to loom in my mind I thought it might be useful to have a small stock of rice bags that could be quickly heated up in the microwave (or pulled out of the freezer) to provide topical heat or cold to provide comfort during early labour.
I used some of the leftover scraps of brushed cotton from Pip’s car seat blanket to make the outer covers for these bags. I love how soft these fabrics are so I thought it might be an added niceness for the bags when I’m feeling uncomfy. The bags are really scrappy, which I like. The sizes are also determined by the scrap pieces I had available. It was a real scrap happy project this one and just made me feel good.
I pieced together a single length of fabric with whatever scraps fit together and turned the two short edges over (with top stitching to finish the edges).
Then I turned the piece right side up and folded roughly 1.5″ over on one short end. I then brought the other end up to meet it.
All that’s then needed is to see down both sides and turn the right way out. I ended up making four slightly different sized covers.
I’m planning to add some aromatherapy oils to help with relaxation during labour. I love lavender so that will feature quite heavily as a relaxation aid. Clary Sage is also recommended as a labour aid so I’m going to try that too. I don’t actually know if I like the smell though because they recommend you avoid clary sage during pregnancy just in case it causes early labour. Each bag has a thin cotton lining that holds the rice. The brushed cotton outer is removable so it can be washed to remove the oil once I’m done with them. Sooner or later I’ll get to see how well they work and whether they help once the time comes.