Nov
16

Posted by & filed under Christmas, Crafts, Crazy Christmas Crafter, Holiday, Homemade gifts, Sewing.

Hello everyone! It’s Megan from Brassy Apple (shop and blog).
I am excited to share my idea with you!
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This is a fun Holiday gift for friends (of all ages) and family too! Give the gift of warmth with the smile of a fun character on it’s face. Pop these little character rice bags into the microwave to heat them up. You can’t help but snuggle them tight to warm up on a cold day.

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{ Rice Bags }
Supplies:
fabric (at least a fat quarter)
red, black, white and flesh colored felt (for santa)
green, white, black and flesh colored felt (elf)
print out the pattern pieces
scissors
sewing machine
regular rice or wheat ( 3 1/2 – 4 cups)
sewing machine
straight pins
sharpie marker (optional)
small black beads or buttons (optional) + needle and thread

Step 1: Cut out 2 pieces for the body from your fabric and the necessary pieces from felt for the Santa or the Elf as directed on the pattern sheets.

Step 2: Lay out 1 of the fabric pieces right side up and begin to layer the pieces for the face.
A)Place the face piece 1 1/4″ down from the top edge.
B) Overlap the hat brim 1/4″ onto the face.
C) Santa- place the beard onto the face tucking it just slightly under the hat brim.
D) Santa – Tuck the belt just under his beard and place the buckle in the middle.
Elf – Place the belt with the buckle in the middle just under his chin.
Pin these pieces into place and sew.
Step 3: Adding the face. Santa – Place the red nose about halfway over the beard and the face. Sew into place. Eyes – place 2 seed beads or small buttons and hand sew on or simply use a black sharpie marker to dot some eyes on.
Elf – place the nose in the middle of the face. Sew into place. Eyes – place 2 seed beads or small buttons and hand sew on or simply use a black sharpie marker to dot some eyes on. Mouth – Stitch a smile or use your sharpie.
Step 4: Arms – Take 2 arm piece and place them on top of each other. Slip 1 hand piece in between the 2 layers at one of the ends. Sew the 2 layers together catching and securing the hand piece in the process. Repeat with the other arm and hand pieces.

Step 5: Hat – Take the 2 hat pieces and place them on top of each other. Slip the ball in between the 2 layers on the end of the hat and sew the 2 layers together securing the ball in place in the process.

Step 6: Assembly – Santa – Place the arms across santas belly and then place the 2 piece of fabric on top of right side down. Pin and sew the sides together leaving the top open.
Elf – Place the arms across the belly. Place the ears on backwards at the edges of the face. Then place the 2 piece of fabric on top of right side down. Pin and sew the sides together leaving the top open.
Step 7: Turn it right side out. Fill the sack with 3 1/2 – 4 cups of rice.
Step 8: Fold down the top edge about 1/4″. Slip the hat in between the layers and pin. Then sew the top closed.
These are great for car travel, keeping your toes warm at night, aches and pains and more!

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Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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13 Responses to “Christmas Character Rice Bags {CCC}”

  1. Emily N.

    I have made these with rice or flax seed and with flannel… but I had no idea that felt could be heated in the microwave! It totally ups the cute factor when you can make it into a huggably “toy.” Love these :)

    ~ Emily N. from “too Blessed to Stress”

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  2. Patti

    These are so cute thank you for sharing them. I do have a question, I made some potato bags and used polyester thread and had a problems with the thread burning in the microwave. After I switched to cotton thread I had no more problems. Just wondered if you use cotton thread or if you had ever had a problem with the polyester thread?

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  3. katie @ a mom a wife and a me

    Those are so cute, perfect for a warm up after playing in the snow or in the morning to coax the kids out of bed when its still a little chilly!

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  4. frances

    these are just too cute and my sons would so use them when their sick or have a tummy ache!

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  5. JennyLynn

    This is such a great idea. Adding it to my list of possibilities to make for extended family.

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