Rice filled Heating pads - This is a great
gift for Dad to help soothe his sore muscles! Also great for stocking
To begin, buy fabric that will be the outside of the
bag. You can make the bags any size but you do want it to be able to fit
into the microwave.
Sew 3 sides of bag and put rice inside. Sew a seam to
close bottom third of bag. Add more rice and stitch closed the 2/3 of bag
closed. Add more rice and stitch bag closed.
To use: Heat in microwave and apply.
Variation: You can also use hand towels. Fold the
towel into thirds the long way. Fold one way, sew 3 pockets, fill with rice then
sew closed. You can also mix rice with lavender oil for a nice scent.
Apple Cinnamon Ornaments
- 1/3 cup cinnamon
- 1/3 cup flour
- 2/3 cup applesauce
Preheat overn to 225 degrees. Measure the cinnamon and flour
and put both into a bowl. Mix. Measure and add the applesuce
to the flour and cinnamon mixture. Mix. The dough will
become stiff and thick. Place the dough onto a cutting board and
roll it out with a rolling pin until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
Use a cookie cutter to cut our your ornament. Make a hole in the
top of your ornament by sticking a straw through the dough. Place
the ornaments on a cookie sheet and bake for 2 hours. When the
ornaments have cooled down, thread a piece of ribbon through the hold
and tie the ends.
A Sit-Upon is a great gift for someone who loves to garden. It is a
rectangular pad stuffed with magazines that your favorite gardener can
use to kneel on. It can also be used as a seat cushion for football
games or just sitting on outside in the grass! I remember as
a child making a sit-upon in Girl Scouts. Mine was orange with
yellow yarn. These have such a nostagic feeling for me when I
think of them!
What you will need is a plastic tablecloth that you can cut up and
either newspapers, magazines or even an old catalog for the stuffing,
yarn, a hole punch and scissors. Begin by laying the tablecloth
out on the floor pattern side down. Put the magazine on top of the
tablecloth. You are going to cut out 2 rectangles that are the
same size. The rectangles will be 1 1/2 inches larger than the
magazine. Now make a sandwich with the tablecloth on the outside
and the magazine on the inside. Punch holes around the perimeter
of the tablecloth edges. You will use these holes to sew the top
and bottom pieces of tablecloth together and the magazine will be the
padding inside. Thread the yarn in and out of the
holes until you have stitched all the way around. Tie it off and
Mosaic Flower Pots: [top]
made these for me a couple of years back in Vacation Bible School and I
just love them! They are super easy to make and you can customize
them for whoever you are giving them to.
You will need: Terra-Cotta flower pot (you can either paint the
pot or leave it natural), adornments (you can use anything - my kids
used plastic jewels. Other ideas include seashells, glass beads,
charms, tiles...), ceramic tile grout.
To make, spread the ceramic tile grout around the outside of the
pot. Press the adornments into the grout. Let dry.