I was lucky enough to receive a diary from Father Christmas this year. If you have not been so fortunate why not use this idea to jazz up a cheap and nasty diary.
In the winter months a little extra warmth is always welcome and I’m sure the recipient will be delighted with bits of my old jeans filled with rice!
You will need:
- Fabric of your choice
- Dressmaking pins
- Machine thread of your choice
- Sewing machine (or needle if you prefer to hand sew)
What to do:
- Iron fabric and cut two pieces 23cm x 13cm (this includes a 1.5cm seam allowance).
- Fold in half (so the fabric is almost square) with the right side inside and pin the edge opposite the fold.
- Stitch this edge and press the seam flat.
- Turn the right way out and press the 1.5cm seam allowance in on the two remaining raw edges.
- Top stitch one of the unclosed edges.
- Fill each bag with 90g of rice.
- Fold the open seam so it is now at a right angle to the bottom one (this is what makes it pyramid shaped).
- Tack just above the rice (to contain it while you are sewing the final seam.
- Top stitch.
- Put the bean bags into the microwave for 1 and a half minutes to make them warm. It is a good idea to do this a few times after you’ve made them as the rice releases moisture the first few times it is heated.
If desired you could make a label so the recipient knows what they are and how to use them (or you could use mine).