Sew Your Own Sock Rice Warmer

Migraines are my worst enemy; sufferers who live with neurological conditions usually struggle to find relief without turning to medications with incredible side effects. That’s why I love rice warmers, which are really to make anyway, but wait ’til you see this DIY…with socks!

A coworker and I were talking about our migraines; she has had them for a long time, and I’m always picking her brain about her path of self management. She uses herbs, teas, and super simple things like sock rice warmers to live a richer life. “My husband always has that one sock in a pair that has holes,” she explained, which I completely understand. Husband is hard on socks, and the creative in me hates throwing things out if I can repurpose them somehow. Read on to see how a sock can bring you hours of relief!

Sew Your OwnSock RiceWarmer

I’m not sure if I’ve ever come across any project that is as universal as rice warmers. No matter the season, they are perfect gifts for family and friends who have sore muscles, headaches, back pain, and the list goes on. I’ve made them in the past with colorful and comfortable fabrics, but socks are perfect for this. They are rather durable, soft, and the best part is that it limits the sewing you have to do!

I used a striped knee high sock to make my first rice warmer. To start, I cut off the toe end of the sock, turned it inside out, and stitched that end closed with embroidery thread. After turning it right side out, I slowly started adding rice until it reached the first white dotted line. I pinned closed the first pink segment of the sock and threaded it closed. That’s it. I repeated the pouring, pinning, and threading until I reached the last black segment at the top of the sock. I chose to leave the top unfilled and used a blanket stitch to close the end.

When I said it’s easy, I meant it’s really stinkin’ easy! You could personalize your rice warmer with dried herbs or oils like lavender. What sets this project apart from other rice warmers is how light it is, while maintaining structure. I have other warmers that go unused because they are just too heavy. But, the socks don’t need reinforced, they don’t burn because the weave of the material is more substantial, and they are machine washable! My coworker said she makes them in all sizes for her family, and said they are perfect for the freezer. I tossed mine in the freezer overnight and it helped an early morning headache today!

How’s your self-care Sunday, going? Spoonies, what’s your go to technique for finding relief?

Have a relaxing day, dears



DIY Embroidery Hoop Mobile

You’re probably already convinced that I somehow have access to a magical supply of embroidery hoops. That, or I’m a hoarder. If so, I’m a hoarder who loves change…that I have control of. For instance, I love rearranging my craft room  furniture, creating new planner inserts, and repurposing things. Like this embroidery hoop. It was already hanging up, but I grew tired of how it was displayed.

While I was tearing it apart, I had the idea to solve two issues at once. First, I now had an empty hoop with nothing to put in it. Second, one of my favorite altered books fell apart, and I needed a way to keep the illustrations/collages/etc. Bam! My embroidery hoop is now a sketchbook mobile!


There’s something very calming about watching a mobile sway back and forth. I’ve made several, but unfortunately, none of them survived our move back in May. This option is not only super easy to make, but it’s also awfully practical. It’s art that displays art!

To make your own, you’ll need:

  • sketch pages/illustrations/etc.
  • single hole punch
  • scissors
  • thread
  • embroidery hoop (both inside and outside rings)

To start, punch a hole at the top of every page or thing you want on the mobile. Feed thread through that hole. I cut thread at different lengths to avoid placing pages too close together. Once you have your thread placed, think about placement for your pages. I mapped out my pages around the hoop like shown in the photo below.

When you’re happy with the arrangement go ahead and start tying your pages to the hoop. For each page, bring up both ends of the thread and tie them around the inside hoop. Before you attach the inside and outside hoops, you’ll need to tie two pieces of thread to the outside hoop (see photo below). I looped wire around the center of the threads; I hung the mobile from that loop. After I tied all the pages, I slipped the outer hoop over the inside hoop and tightened it to ensure all the pages were secure.

It’s such an unconventional “sketchbook,” but I love having my favorite pieces right there. They serve a much better purpose hanging from a mobile than they do stuffed inside a book that’s buried under ten other notebooks.

Craving more mobile ideas? Check out my new Pinterest board!

What’s your favorite way to display your art? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments!

Take it easy, it’s Saturday finally!


Uppercase Box Tote Sew Along, Part Three

Let’s briefly recap. We’ve learned:

  1. How to turn a two sided tote into a box bottom tote
  2. How to make embroidered patches

This week, we’ll go over probably one of the easiest sewing modifications for tote bags: adding a liner and/or bottom padding. I sew liners into any bag I’ve embroidered in order to protect the stitching. If you use your totes like I use mine, you’ll eventually want to throw it in the wash. Doing so without a liner could cause fraying of your floss/thread, or knots. Neither are fun. Trust me.

Let’s get to it!


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Uppercase Box Tote Sew Along, Part 2

In elementary school, I’m sure you had that one kid who would always read ahead of the class…I’m that kid. I also have a bad habit of reading the last few pages of a book before I start it. I had to make sure Harry lived ’til the end. Or, that is to say, I might have sewed ahead of you…Oops?


But, to make up for it, I’ve got a great tutorial all about making simple patches. Trust me, this is definitely a sewing skill I use often. It comes in handy, no matter if I’m patching a friend’s jeans or mending a hole in Husbands uniform.

To start, you’ll need:

  • an embroidery hoop (not absolutely necessary, but it helps)
  • fabric (obviously)
  • embroidery needles
  • embroidery floss
  • regular needle and thread (or a sewing machine)
  • a design (if you’re unsure how to find one, I wrote up a bit about how I create embroidery patterns from coloring pages here)

All set? Start by placing your fabric into the hoop. The more taut your fabric is, the easier it will be to stitch. I usually pin my design onto my fabric and just dive in. That’s the end of the tutorial!

Just kidding. Find the rest of the tutorial after the jump!

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Uppercase Box Tote Bag Sew-Along

Yesterday was a great day! We only had a few people at our journaling panel, but I got some great ideas out of the chat. But, the best part was during a long, but helpful staff meeting. Husband sent me a picture of my Uppercase Box package! Being the thoughtful guy he is, he picked me up for work and brought the box with him. Yea…I opened it in the car. I couldn’t wait! There were some awesome items, including My Lady Jane by  Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. I also received a gorgeous tote bag designed by Risa Rodil.

Well, you know me, I have to personalize everything, and this tote bag is no exception! Sew along with me and create unique embroidered pieces to jazz up any tote! Every week I’ll post another step in creating one of my signature totes. From today’s lesson (sewing a box bottom on a tote bag) to easy applique, you’ll get every step-by-step tutorial with tons of photos. Excited? Me too! If you’re following along on social media, use the hashtag #theccsewalong so I can marvel at your creations!

Ready? Of course you are! Let’s get down to business to defeat the Huns.


Read on to learn one of the easiest tote bag alterations on the planet (that makes a huge difference, too!).

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