A neck wrap filled with rice and lavender is comforting, soothing and relaxing. When you feel stress accumulating in your neck, heat the neck wrap in the microwave for a short time and then wrap it snugly around your neck. The combination of warmth and lavender essential oil will help melt away the tightness and discomfort. Make your own neck wrap using lavender essential oil, rice and fabric of your choice.
Wrap the tape measure around your neck to determine how long you want the neck wrap to be. A length of 20 inches and width of 5 inches would suit most necks.
Cut a rectangle for the inner lining from the cotton flannel fabric and a second of the same size from the microfleece fabric for the outer lining. If you are using the recommended size from step one, cut rectangles that are 10 inches by 20 inches.
Lay the flannel piece out on a flat surface with the right side facing up. Fold the flannel rectangle in half with the right side facing in and the wrong sides facing out. The dimensions of the folded rectangle would be 20 inches by 5 inches.
Pin one short side and one long side together. Sew the pinned sides together using a ½-inch seam allowance. Turn the inner lining right side out.
Repeat steps three and four with the microfleece to make the outer bag.
Fill the inner lining with raw rice. You want to slightly under-fill the lining so that it is solid but bendable enough to curve around your neck.
Add five to seven drops of lavender oil to the rice in the inner lining. Mix up the rice within the bag to distribute the lavender scent. Stitch the remaining short side closed to finish the inner lining.
Place the inner lining bag inside the outer bag. Stitch the remaining short side of the outer bag closed to finish the neck wrap.
Heat the neck wrap in the microwave for 30 seconds; remove it and redistribute the rice within the bag, then heat the neck wrap for another 30 seconds and repeat the same process of redistributing the rice. If it is not quite hot enough, heat the neck wrap for one more 30-second period, then place it around your neck like a scarf—and enjoy.
Things You Will Need
- Tape measure
- Cotton flannel fabric (1/4-yard)
- Polarfleece/microfleece fabric (1/4-yard)
- Sewing machine
- Lavender essential oil