Spring Fair is rapidly approaching at my son’s school. I’ve volunteered to co-ordinate the craft stall, so as a result, I’ve been receiving the parent donations for the stall.
I received a great big bag of fleecy fabric in different shapes and sizes which I’m making into wheat bags, happy sacks, juggling bags and pet blankets.
So just to show you that I haven’t been totally un-creative, I thought I’d show you how I make my wheat bags in this quick wheat bag tutorial.
Firstly you need your fabric… I had lot’s to choose from in from the sack.
I think using kids old tracksuit pants (they seem to grow out of everything so quickly), would also work very well.
And then you’ll need some wheat. I’m using hard wheat which I bought in a 25kg sack. This size bag was bought at the produce warehouse.
You can generally buy wheat at wholefood stores. I’ve also heard that rice works well too… so really, the grain is up to you and what you can source.
Each bag will need approximately 1kg (2.2 lbs) of wheat – depending on the size of bag you’re making ofcourse.
Cut 2 layers of fleecy fabric measuring approximately 18” x 6”
Sew down both long sides and one short side – approximately 1/4” – 1/2” with a small stitch.
Trim the corners and turn out the bag.
Fold the bag into thirds and use an iron to press the folds – these creases will be your stitching guide. As my fabric didn’t look like it would agree with a hot iron, I used chalk to draw my lines. Whatever works for you.
Pour in approximately 1/3 of the wheat (I’ve recycled the scooper from my washing powder for this job).
Hold the wheat in place with a few pins across the width of the bag so they don’t get caught under the machine needle.
Stitch along the fold or drawn line and remove the pins.
Add the next 1/3 of wheat, pin and stitch along the line then remove pins.
Add the final 1/3 of wheat, pin in the wheat, fold in the top edges and top stitch along the top, closing the bag. There you have it, a completed wheat bag in approximately 10 - 15 minutes.
Pop into the microwave for 1-2 minutes and use on your sore muscles or aching joints.
Fold it up into thirds, add a pretty ribbon and gift it to a friend. They make great gifts and are so quick and easy to make.