A part of cleaning, organizing, and purging is dealing with materials that were purchased with intention. I buy them because I intend to do something with them. When I was cleaning out my cleaning supplies, I found the materials for two projects that have been languishing in a closet for too long. Some of the supplies were purchased to make beeswax food wraps and some were intended for a rice & lavender-filled hot/cold pack. Last week, I made the hot-cold pack and I thought I would share how to make it. The nice thing about this project is it’s super quick and simple and it made me wonder why I waited so long!
How to Make a Rice & Lavender Hot/Cold Pack | Printable Instructions
How to Make a Rice & Lavender Hot/Cold Pack | Required Materials & Tools
- 4 lbs rice
- dried lavender (I used about 1-2 cups, but I didn’t measure it out. If you don’t like the smell of lavender, you can omit this ingredient)
- scrap cotton or linen fabric (I used a piece that was 40″ x 6″ for a neck/shoulder/back/knee-sized pack and a smaller scrap for an eye/head pack)
- cotton thread
- scissors (THESE are my favorites for fabric)
- measuring tape or ruler
- straight pens
- sewing machine
One important note is that you need to use dried lavender, not fresh, or there is a risk of the lavender buds molding. I used to buy lavender buds wholesale, but now I just buy a small bag off of Amazon that is the perfect size to fill this vintage Weck jar. THIS is the specific bag and brand I purchased. (My mom bought the Weck jar when we lived in German and she used it to store flour.)
I just bought some plain white rice from the grocery store, but you can always buy in bulk if you’re making a bunch of these lavender hot/cold packs.
How to Make a Rice & Lavender Hot/Cold Pack | Instructions
Step three – Fold 40″ x 6″ piece of fabric in half length-wise, right sides together, so the folded piece of fabric measures 20″ x 6″.
It felt so good to use up these materials and get this project checked off my list as a part of organizing and no-spend February! I also made a trip to the thrift store (to donate only) and organized a few more cabinets and drawers, so I’m making nice progress.
For those doing one or both of these challenges with me, how is it going?