Monday, January 9, 2012

Will Necks Roll?

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Misspelled a name when I embroidered a towel, so I used the towel to make a neck roll.

Measured the width of the towel and cut a lining that long with a width of about 8". Sewed one end of the lining and up the long side.  

Cut the bottom off of a plastic cup to use as a funnel to put rice into the tube.

 The first time I filled it too full because it would not lay snug around my neck.  Removed rice until it did.

Also, because it's not filled to the brim, I could serge the end closed.

I wanted to make the outer layer (the towel) so that it could be removed and laundered.  I cut the towel piece about 9" wide (1/2 inch seams).  The length of course was already determined by the width of the towel. 

I unzipped the zipper and sewed each side separately, not the traditional way when sewing a zipper into a garment.  Note: A lot of the zippers I use, came from old clothing before I discarded them.  That was before the days of Goodwill.  I still keep an eye out for clothing that can provide a lot of notions in one garment such as zippers and buttons.

First, find and mark the center.

I used one pin to mark center and where I began stitching.

 I finger pinned as I machine stitched using the zipper foot.
I used the center guide line in the zipper to help sew straight and held the edge of the zipper to the edge of the fabric.
 Sewed all the way to the end of the zipper tape.
 Closed zipper
 Matched center of zipper to center of towel.
 Opened zipper for easier sewing.

I know I should have put on the regular foot, but the zipper foot worked ok.

Turned right side out
before sewing the ends.  Since the ends are finished,
I just top stitched the ends on the outside.

Inserted the rice bag and enJOYed!

  I tested it in my microwave 1 minute at a time to determine the best time & after staying in the frig, it will stay cold for a while to use as a cool pack.  I gave one as a gift with a note warning not to wash the rice pack but noting the cover could be removed & laundered, or they would have rice for supper.

I've seen a lot of blogs making the little pillows filled with rice to help warm the bed at night.  I would make an envelope cover instead of using a zipper. That's on my "round2IT" list for my tootsies. (feet)

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  1. the pictures are perfect..especially for a novice like me!

  2. This is a great tutorial!! TFS!! Stopping by from Fireflies and Jellybeans linky party and your newest follower.

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  3. Who wouldn't want one of those? Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  4. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creativity here. Can you please share your posts at my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  5. Even using the cup as a funnel is a great tip!!! Easy to follow tutorial for making the neck roll...


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