in honor of homebirth, here's a wonderful craft that is useful in many ways. i love using mine to ease back and neck aches and my mom uses something similar to help moms during labor. here's how to make it [with pictures!]:
step one: cut two 12"x7" rectangles from your fabric of choice. you can use whatever you have, but i chose flannel because it's nice and soft, yet sturdy.
step two: with right sides together, line up fabric. sew around the edges using 1/2" seam allowance and leaving a 4" opening at the top.
step three: cut corners
step four: turn right side out, making sure to push all four corners out all the way
step five: fill pack with rice. it doesn't matter what kind you use as long as it's not instant! as you can see [above] i used exactly three cups. you don't want it to be super full. if you're making a different size pack, you can see [below] that i filled it a little over half full.
step six: top stitch over the opening.
directions for use:
microwave pack for 1-1.5 minutes and use as needed!
this pack pits perfectly in the small of my back and also fits well underneath my neck. you could also try putting lavender or something similar inside to give it a nice aroma.