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Easy DIY Rice Heating Pad for Cramps or Back Pain

October 27, 2018

Add this simple Rice Heating Pad to your companion list on those cold winter nights. Warm these DIY heating pads in the microwave and simply reuse them for whenever you need a heating pad that doesn’t use electricity.rice filled heating pad

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Just this past week I got a call from my oldest son that he had thrown out his back. This was like de-ja-vu to the time when I started getting back pain when I was younger. He said he twisted to stretch his back and it just gave out on him. He had the hardest time in the car on the drive to take him home. I gave him some Aleve Back & Muscle Pain that I had on hand and told him to go lay flat on the floor on his back with this DIY Rice Heating Pad. 

I started getting back pain around age 13. I’ve seen specialists, physical therapists, alternative medicine doctors all to try and get my spine to act the way it’s supposed to act. I still have good days and bad but, taking Aleve Back & Muscle Pain when I have a flare can help neutralize the pain that my back causes me.

I know this is the same route my oldest son is headed. It’s a good thing for me as a mother to have experienced this same issue so that I can assist him in him finding what medicines and routines work for his own back pain.

I know that for him and I, heat works the best to help calm down the back and muscle pain. Find what works best for you and if ice is better for you, do that in conjunction with some OTC medication or prescribed medication.

Supplies for your DIY Rice Heating Pad

Cricut Maker
Cricut Design Space File

or

Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Acrylic Ruler

and

Flannel Fabric (1/3 yd cuts)
Long Grain White Rice
Heat N Bond Iron-On Adhesive Tape

buffalo check flannel pouches filled with rice

I’ve decided to make us some rice-filled heating pads that will warm up in a few minutes and can be taken with you wherever you may be. Just warm these homemade rice heating pads in the microwave and it will retain its heat for around 15 minutes. That’s the perfect amount of time for heat therapy that works for me.

How do you make a Rice Heating Pad?

To make your DIY rice heating pad, you’re going to need a few things. I used my Cricut to cut the flannel but you can just use a rotary cutter if you do not own a special crafting tool.  I’ve included the special file for the rice heating pads that you can cut with your electronic cutter or just cut your fabric to be 8”X11”. how to put fabric on the Cricut mat remove fabric from Cricut matYou’ll lay right sides together and sew a ¼” seam around the edges. Reinforce your first and last stitch so that the fabric won’t unravel as you add your rice. Leave a 3-4” opening at the top. Grab a small plastic or paper cup and remove the bottom so that this will act as a funnel for your rice in your rice heating pad. matching seams of fabricFill your DIY rice heating pad with the rice and then use some Heat n’ Bond tape to seal the edges. You can top stitch if you’d like but that’s just one extra step for me. Use your iron to seal the edges by pressing for about 30 seconds. turning fabric pouch ride side outsealing flannel fabric together

That’s it for automatic relief and it’s inexpensive. Heating pads at the store have cost me upwards of $30 and so if I can make this for pennies, why not you either?

How long do you heat Rice Heating Pads?

Start heating your rice-filled heating pad at one minute. Two minutes in the microwave if you want your DIY rice heating pad to be extra warm. Keep an eye on your heating pad so that it doesn’t smoke. Just warm your heating pad at one-minute intervals in the microwave. diy rice heating pad

I’m dedicated to helping heal my son and I want him to have a fulfilling life free of back pain. He is a lover of sports and I’m so happy to see him at his happiest on the field. 

Making this homemade heat pack is so easy and you’ll be on your way to an all natural health kick. Turn this into an aromatherapy heating pad by using a few drops of essential oils.  

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DIY Sleep Mask using your Cricut Maker

March 20, 2018

Go Away! Not really but that’s what I want to tell people when I’m trying to sleep. Create this DIY Sleep Mask using your Cricut Maker and grab the free cut file to use with any cutting machine.DIY Sleep Mask all cut on your Cricut Maker. Sewn together in 5 minutes. Make such a fun gift for girlfriends.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

There is nothing more important than taking care of yourself. I’m joining in with a few other bloggers to share different ways to take care of yourself and to show you other self-care items you can make with your Cricut.DIY Sleep Mask all cut on your Cricut Maker. Sewn together in 5 minutes. Make such a fun gift for girlfriends.Jessica with The Do It Better Yourself Club has released a fun woman’s pajama pattern and to celebrate she’s put together a free ebook with all of our projects. Check it out here.

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Begin by uploading the Go Away! png into Design Space. You can use this method here. Cut your interfacing to size so that it will fit your pink fabric mat. When cutting fabric, you want to have it right side down. Use your rotary blade to cut both the interfacing and the cotton material.DIY Sleep Mask all cut on your Cricut Maker. Sewn together in 5 minutes. Make such a fun gift for girlfriends.Now cut your Go Away! image using a coordinating color of Iron-On Vinyl. When cutting the vinyl, be sure to mirror your image and to use the fine tip blade. Apply your image to your sleep mask before you being to sew it. Use an iron using these settings or use your EasyPress at 305°F and press for 25-30 seconds. Warm up your surface first for 10 seconds, press and then turn it over and press again for 10 seconds then peel.DIY Sleep Mask all cut on your Cricut Maker. Sewn together in 5 minutes. Make such a fun gift for girlfriends.Take your cotton front and place the elastic band so that the ends are meeting with the ends of the mask. Now lay your other cotton piece, right sides facing together, and then lay your felt interfacing on top. Sew a 1/4″ seam 3/4 around your DIY sleep mask. Turn it so that the cotton pieces are facing out and your elastic band is secured. Press the mask so that it lays flat and tuck in your fabric edges that weren’t secured originally.DIY Sleep Mask all cut on your Cricut Maker. Sewn together in 5 minutes. Make such a fun gift for girlfriends.DIY Sleep Mask all cut on your Cricut Maker. Sewn together in 5 minutes. Make such a fun gift for girlfriends.Top stitch over the sleep mask completely and you’re set to have the best night sleep of your life!DIY Sleep Mask all cut on your Cricut Maker. Sewn together in 5 minutes. Make such a fun gift for girlfriends.For me, sleep is always hard, because with Fibromyalgia, your brain never shuts off. My mind is always going and I seriously have the weirdest dreams. Using a sleep mask (and some Tylenol PM) is really the only way that I know how to get a good night sleep. Everything is dark and I have zero distractions. It’s pretty easy now but it has taken a long time to get to this point.DIY Sleep Mask all cut on your Cricut Maker. Sewn together in 5 minutes. Make such a fun gift for girlfriends.

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DIY American Girl Doll Jumpsuit using Natalie Malan Fabrics

March 15, 2018

This American Girl doll jumpsuit was so fun to make. And the mini pockets! Use Natalie Malan’s
Crisp Petals fabric to make them timeless.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support. I did receive this fabric in exchange of this post. All opinions are my own.

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Begin by prepping your Crisp Petals fabric. I used three pieces for each romper that were 12″x24″. I like to have the fabric store cut them in the 12″ increment so that I don’t have to do it at home but it’s not essential.I am a very impatient seamstress. Taking my time is not my forte but the end product is worth the time investment. Don’t ask me to actually make my own clothes with pockets and a cinched waist! The instructions for this project are really straight forward. Before you purchase a pattern through Design Space for your Cricut Maker, you’re offered the instructions for the project to see if it’s something you can actually achieve. For me the hardest part of these doll clothes is the shoulder seam where the straps meet. I just ended up sewing them under the seam so you can’t see that part. The Crisp Petals line designed by Natalie Malan is now a new favorite of mine. The cotton is sturdy and it feels soft. Coats did a wonderful job manufacturing this fabric. Cricut also offers a coordinating cardstock to this fabric. All her work is gold!While I don’t show you step-by-step in this blog post how to construct this American Girl doll jumpsuit, the instructions by Simplicity are pretty easy to follow for anyone familiar with sewing. If you’re new to sewing, making mini clothes is not a route I suggest taking first. Cricut offers many quilt patterns that you can easily incorporate Natalie’s fabrics on. I plan to make some cosmetic bags using some other of Natalie Malan’s Crisp Petals line and use coordinating zippers by Coats. You can grab her coordinating cardstock at your local Joann store or look on Cricut.com.

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DIY Milestone Baby Blanket using your Cricut

January 10, 2018

Milestone baby blankets are everywhere. Learn how to use your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress to create your very own. This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support. 

I’m so excited to be joining the Inspire My Creativity Link Party each month until June this year. It’ll bring some new challenges which I always love. Link up your post below! This month is DIY anything your heart desires.

This DIY milestone baby blanket was so easy to create using my Cricut Maker and using my Cricut EasyPress to secure the iron-on. Begin by cutting your iron-on using my Design Space file. You’ll need to open it on a desktop then you can save it as your own file and cut from your tablet or phone.

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I cut out each number and I’ve also included the words month and months if you want to add that at the bottom. When using Cricut Iron-On, it’s important to remember to mirror the image. You’ll place it shiny side down on the mat and cut using the iron-on setting. Do not use the HTV setting with your Maker. For some reason it is cutting completely through. You just want it to cut the vinyl and keep the carrier sheet intact.You’ll remove all the negative space and then cut each month number so that you can space them on your blanket. When using the zcricut EasyPress, you need a hard surface and then a folded towel on that hard surface. You need something that is going to give a little so that all the edges will be securely adhered. You know you’ve gotten a great adhesion when you can see the materials texture.For Iron-On Lite, you’ll need a temperature of 305F and then press for 25-30 seconds. Give your items a good warm up beforehand and after you’re done pressing, turn your material over and press again for a few more seconds. Now you’re done. So super easy but it takes a little bit of time to get your numbers evenly spaced and to finish the edges of your material. You’ll never need to spen $40+ on a Milstone baby blanket again.These DIY baby milestone blankets are the best baby shower gifts you can give. They’re even better knowing you put your hard work into something so special.

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Make a Half Hexi Baby Blanket using a Cricut Maker

December 30, 2017

Have you ever wanted to make a baby blanket using a Cricut Maker? I’m here to show you how easy it is to create the Half Hexi Quilt and you have free access to make it when you buy your very own Cricut Maker.Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerThis post contains affiliate links. This post is also sponsored by Cricut and all opinions are my own.

The Half Hexi Quilt pattern available in Design Space is seriously so easy. My least favorite thing to do when quilting is cutting fabric. Using the rotary blade on the Cricut Maker has changed everything I do. You will still need your cutting mat and hand-held rotary blade so don’t toss those out the window. Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut Maker

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The fabric I used is a mix of a few designers but it is mainly Cotton+Steel. Here are the links below to some of the fabrics I’ve used:

First things first, read all the instructions from the spec sheet before you cut your fabric.

Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerSo I began by cutting my fabric into 12″ strips. I have learned since just to have the ladies at the cut counter do it for me, makes it a little easier. Load your fabric onto the pink cutting mat and begin cutting each piece. Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerBecause my colors are different that the ones the project has labeled, just figure out which one you want and mark it on the spec sheet. This reference will make it easier to follow along. Be sure to watch the direction of your pattern on the quilt so that each pattern will be identical.Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerOnce all your pieces are cut, it’s time to start assembling them. Lay out your cut pieces on the floor and arrange them how you want them to look. Basically each pattern will cascade diagonally down the quilt.Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerOnce you have them laid out, gather them into rows. I sewed my pieces in a vertical pattern and then I was able to attach them all to each other. Start with each vertical pattern one by one. The thing I love about the Cricut Maker cutting the blanket for me was that each seam matched. The never happens when I’m cutting by hand.Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerAfter I had the front of my baby blanket done, I payed down the backing of the blanket wrong side up. Then you’ll lay the batting down and lay the top on that. I used safety pins to hold it together and then quilted it on my Baby Lock Elizabeth machine. Just follow the seams and do a 1/4″ line along them. Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerNow it’s time for the binding. Cut yourself some strips that are 2.5″ wide. Sew them all together to make one long strip. Sew the strip right sides together using 1/4″ seam along the edges of your baby blanket. Get out your iron and press the strip so that it is now hanging over the other edge. Press the other end into the middle of your strip and secure it with binding clips.Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerThe bottom triangles are the hardest. Just finagle the fabric so that it’ll turn into a pointy edge. Or you can choose to cut the additional pieces and have the whole entire baby blanket have flat edges. Once your other end is secured with binding clips, you’ll hand sew the binding using this method.Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerYou’re finished. This baby blanket took me a few hours and the assembly was really easy. Again, the hardest part I found was the points on the triangles at the bottom of the quilt. Tell me, will you make this baby blanket using your Cricut?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Make a Mermaid Pillow with your Cricut Maker

October 30, 2017

This mermaid pillow was so fun to make with my daughter. She loved picking out the fabrics.
See how easy it is to make with your Cricut Maker.Create this easy Mermaid doll from Simplicity using your Cricut MakerThis post contains affiliate links.

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Make a mermaid doll with your Cricut makerThis mermaid doll was so easy to make and it was all thanks to my Cricut Maker. I used the rotary blade with the fabrics and the felt and it cuts so smooth. The darts are all included and you can choose if you want the pen to do the markings.

I chose to do the markings on the face so that I could do the embroidery on it. I just used a simple backstitch to complete the eyes and lips. Mermaid doll diyThe flower was easy to assemble as well. I used the purple felt that comes in the felt sampler pack from Cricut. I like the Cricut felt because it is stiff. You can get a good clean cut from it and it doesn’t slide on your mat. I’ve cut different brands of felt on my Maker and I do like the Cricut felt best. Some wool felt I had would move as I was cutting or when I peeled off the mat, the entire piece of felt fell apart. It’s all trial and error when you’re cutting materials on any machine though.DIY Mermaid doll with CricutTo assemble the mermaid doll, follow these instructions. assemble the front of the doll and then the back of the doll. Sew them together right sides facing each other and then leave about 3-4″ on the tail. make a mermaid doll with your CricutStuff your mermaid pillow doll with some pillow stuffing or I just used few snow that I bought on clearance years ago, works just as good for stuffies. Now whip stitch the opening closed. Now you can attach your flower to your doll and you’re done.

This mermaid pillow doll was a lot of fun to put together. It’s the first time that I let my daughter pick out coordinating fabrics and that was a hard thing to give up. She loves her personalized mermaid doll and loves that I loved to make it for her. One day I’ll let her use my sewing machine…one day.make a mermaid doll with your Cricut

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DIY Popsicle Holder with a FREE Printable

July 14, 2017

Make an easy DIY popsicle holder and save yourself a headache and a huge mess. These ABC, Always Be Chillin’ Free Printables are
perfect to add to your Summer treat.
Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabric This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

These homemade popsicle holders are so easy and quick to make. These popsicle holders will catch all your drips and keep your hands from being a complete mess. They’re reusable popsicle holders that a quick straight-line stitch is all there really needs to be done.

You can personalize these popsicle holders however you like. Using some Iron-On Vinyl that you’ve cut with your Cricut or Silhouette would be perfect for a project like this.

How to make your own Popsicle Holder

Begin by cutting your coordinating fabrics and Pellon into 2.5″ x 12″ pieces. Then take your Pellon and sandwich it in between the fabrics. Sew both sides and if you’d like, sew the top and bottom.Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabric Next, you’ll want to create your hole for your tag. You can use a Crop-a-Dile Big Bite but this step is totally optional. I just pierced the hole and then put a brad in the middle and pressed. Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabricNext, line up the edges and sew again. I left a 1″ tab on the top just for a contrast in the fabrics. Cut the edges using pinking sheers or you can use standard scissors, just be wary of fraying.

If you don’t have pinking shears for your Popsicle Holder, just use some hem glue and it’ll keep your edges nice and solid.

Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabric

After you’ve sewn up the sides, add your popsicle and your gift tag. Pass them out, wash them when they’re dirty and reuse them. Such a good alternative to a paper towel and great for our environment.

Supplies for your DIY Popsicle Sleeve

Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabricI just pretty much did whatever the fabric would let me do with this project, be creative and do whatever you’d like for your own custom DIY popsicle holder. Happy Summer and Happy Sewing!Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabric

Let’s also settle a debate, what do you call them? I call them otter pops and my husband has always called them ice blocks. The ice block is rubbing off on my kids and I don’t know if I can handle that 😉

Popsicle Koozies are the perfect addition to a mess-free Summer, but let’s be real, we all like to get a little messy.

sensational Summer Snacks in the Summer Fun Series from Life Sew Savory

DIY Popsicle holder with free printable from See Lindsay

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade from Atta Girl Says

The cutest Hummas Veggie Snails from Chef Sarah Elizabeth

Frozen Pineapple from Life Sew Savory

You can also check out all the other craft, sewing and food posts from the Summer Fun Series HERE on Life Sew Savory.

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Make your own Leather Bow using your Cricut Explore

June 22, 2017

Making your own leather accessories is so easy using your Cricut Explore. For this post, I’ll show you how to make your own leather bow using your Cricut Explore.Make your own leather bow with your Cricut ExploreThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

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Line your faux suede or leather with your transfer tape. This will give something for the fabric to hold onto instead of leaving fuzz all over your mat and basically ruining it. This was a huge help and I’ll never go back to sticking the fabric right on the strong grip mat again.Create your own leather bow using your Cricut Explore-1When you choose the faux leather setting on your Smart Dial, it’ll cut through the product twice. When your images are too close together, sometimes it will catch and pull the product. To avoid this, move your images further apart when you’re previewing your mat. This will save product in the long run and save a lot of headaches. Don’t be afraid to use some scissors if you’ve got one knick in the leather.Create your own leather bow using your Cricut Explore-1-5Begin with all your pieces layed out. You’ll want to fold the longest piece so that the ends meet in the middle. Secure that with the E6000 glue and a binding clip. If you’ve made more than one bow, now is the time to assemble all the longer pieces.

Next you’ll take the back and place some E6000 glue in the middle and take your bow piece and adhere it to that, secure with a binding clip. Allow it to dry just a few minutes in between each step.

Next, place some E6000 on the barrette and lay the back piece to it. Take your small middle piece and apply glue to that. Fold it over the bow in the middle and around the back of the barrette. Secure that with a binding clip. I’d allow these to dry for a few hours before you stick them in their hair just so they don’t get any glue on them.

Ta-da! You’re done. It’s so simple and it looks like you spent a fortune at a boutique for these simple bows.Create your own leather bow using your Cricut Explore-1-4

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.