1. Some pretty flannel (I used a simple creamy white for the backside)
2. Rice (some people recommend corn or buckwheat)
3. Dried lavender
|Organic lavender from Paula Jean's Shop|
To make the bag
If you have ever sewed anything in your life, you can easily make this bag. It doesn't need photo instructions. Just cut out a rectangle the size of your choice from both flannel prints. Sew it up but leave one of the narrow sides open to turn and fill with rice. I added three lines in the middle (After turning!) to keep the rice from all falling to the bottom. Add your lavender and rice alternatively in small amounts. I used somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 a cup of lavender. Once you are finished turn in the raw edges and sew it closed. Presto!
It was so simple. Now when I heat the bag it smells so much nicer. The scent of lavender is supposed to be quite relaxing, so I imagine that it could also help your muscles to relax as well. I put mine in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Be careful though, I have burned holes in my "sock bags" before! ( I think I put them in for much longer though)