Make Your Own Rice Bag Hand Warmers plus Free Printable

Good morning! Glad you stopped by today! I have a very simple project for you to make for yourself or as gifts. The holidays are coming!  I’m sure you have seen rice bags around and now you can make it yourself.

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Supplies:

  • small pieces of cotton fabric
  • ruler
  • thread to match and needle
  • sewing machine or fabric glue
  • rice
  • funnel

I always wash my fabric before using it to make sure all the shrinkage is out. Then I cut my pieces into 4 inch squares. You need two matching ones for each hand-warmer, or four for a set.

hand warmer squares

Place your squares right sides together.

hand warmer square right sides together

I sewed my squares together, but you can also use fabric glue. I sewed around the edge, about 1/4 in. seam, leaving about 1 inch open at the end. Be sure to back-stitch the beginning and end so the sewing doesn’t come undone.

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Turn your square right side out, using the small hole you left open.

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I use regular long grain rice to fill my bags. I also fill my bags over a large bowl to catch any overflow.

hand warmers cup of rice

I placed the funnel inside the hole in the bag and used about 1/2 cup of rice for each warmer. You don’t want the bag too full or empty. When mine are filled, they lay nice and flat. There are no empty spaces and no bump in the middle.

hand warmer funnel and ricehand warmers pouring rice into baghand warmer filling bag with rice

Once the bags are filled, fold in the open edge and stitch, or glue closed, with coordinating thread.

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I tied up each set with baker’s twine an added a small tag with instructions.

hand warmer basket with tag

I’ve included a PDF so you can print your own tags too!  There will be a link at the end of the blog post to click on.

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You can warm these up in the microwave and then place them in your pockets to warm your hands. Sometimes I even place them in my bed to warm the sheets on a cold night. They can be used on sore muscles too. You can also keep them in the freezer for boo-boos or to cool you down when it’s hot. There are so many uses for these cute little bags.

hand warmers in a basket with tagshand warmer rice bag in a basket

Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Hand Warmer Tag Printable

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It’s Fall! 10 Reasons To Like This Season

Good morning! Well it’s fall on the blog whether you are ready or not! I have never been a huge fan of fall, but I think it’s because I know winter follows. I don’t like the cold at all. But this year I decided to find things I like about fall and not worry about what comes after. So here is my list:

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  1. Pumpkins-I love all the different colors pumpkins come in now, especially the pastels! I love all the different shapes too. They are so fun to decorate with.

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fall living room pumpkin basket entry

2. Cooler weather-not too cold. Around here, it’s usually still warm during the day and then cooler at night which is really nice.

fall living room pumpkins and leaves

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3. Snuggling under blankets-Along with the cooler nights, comes snuggling with blankets and pups and not getting hot.

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4. Cute jackets and pretty scarves- I like having some new things to wear other than tank tops and shorts, but not having to wear lots of layers just to stay warm. I am excited to pull out some of those jackets and other cooler weather items put away from last year.

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5. Lighting candles- Fall scents are my favorite! Summer just seems too hot to light candles, so it’s nice to have a few lit around the house again, especially because they smell so good.

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6. Crunching leaves- I love to see the leaves falling and hearing them crunching under my feet when I go for walks.

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7. Holidays- I am looking forward to the upcoming holidays and the time spent with family and friends. We make new memories and remember times spent together in the past.

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8. Sausage and corn chowder- Mmmm! Just typing it makes me hungry! This is so delicious and easy. It is the most requested recipe in my house.

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9. Having a fire and roasting marshmallows-We have a fire pit, so it’s nice to gather around it and roast some marshmallows and make s’mores.

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10. Festivals- There are several different festivals and activities held around here that signal fall. Apple Festival, Calico Festival, Hot Air Balloon Festival, county fairs, and the list goes on.

Whew! I found ten things! That should carry me through. I am determined to just enjoy the season I am in. How about you? Do you love fall?

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DIY Spray Painted Striped Metal Box

Good morning! Are you ready for another week? Do you have lots of plans? I hope it’s something fun!

I have my last camping post today and then it’s time to move on to fall! Can you believe it? I try to get ideas out to you a little bit early so you have time to try out some ideas or decorate before the season is over.

DIY Spray painted metal box title

I showed you this metal box during my trailer makeover here, so I’m going to show you how I painted it. This box was a black metal box. I didn’t get the before picture, but I primered it a couple of times and then spray-painted it white. This is just one coat, but I painted two coats.

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Painter Tape                  Rustoleum Primer                   Metal Box

I spray painted the inside of the box with Rustoleum 2X Ultra Cover Satin Aqua. Then I used painters tape and newspaper to protect the bottom part of the box and painted the top edge the same Aqua.

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Here’s how one side turned out. It looked good…

metal box turquoise stripe

This side not so much. I was in too much of a hurry and sprayed the paint too thick and then it dripped. I sanded it a little and was able to paint over it.

metal box with drips

I placed the painters tape over more sections to paint another stripe. I should have used newspaper to cover the painted parts, because I tended to get overspray. So don’t do what I show you, do as I tell you! 🙂 Cover other areas with paper! It ended up taking more time than it should have.

metal box painter tape spray paint stripes

I used all Rustoleum 2X Ultra Cover spraypaint. In addition to the Aqua, I used Real Orange, Navy Blue, Green Apple, and Sun Yellow.

metal box spray paint stripes orange, turquoise

Rustoleum 2X Real Orange    Rustoleum 2X Navy Blue   Rustoleum 2X Aqua

Rustoleum 2X Green Apple    Rustoleum 2X Sun Yellow

I used these colors to match the shower curtain in the trailer, but it matches the whole makeover. I used it this past camping trip to store flip-flops in. This way it’s easy to grab a pair on your way out the door or place the shoes in when you come into the trailer.

metal box with painted stripes storing shoes

It could also be used to store beach towels in. This way you don’t get the constant question, “Where’s my towel?”

metal box with painted stripes and towels

Lastly, I used it to put dishes in to carry out to the picnic table. It helps to cut down on the trips back and forth.

metal box with painted stripes and dishes

I know this metal box will come in handy many times when we travel in our trailer. It can be used in many different ways. Okay! Next week, FALL! I can’t wait! See you next time!

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How to Cover RV Cushions Using Velcro

Good morning! Is everybody back to school? My first day is today! I have to admit, I am a little nervous about how this year is going to go. I have a very full class and just the mixture of kids is going to be interesting. But I will give it everything I can to help these kids learn.

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Last week I showed you my RV makeover. I am so excited about it! It just looks so great! Jump on over here if you missed it. I told you I would  show you the little shortcut I took to cover the cushions. I did sew some straight seams, but you could also use the iron on kind of hem tape or something similar if you don’t sew. I am not much of a sewer, but I can sew a pretty straight seam and then fudge the rest. 🙂 Here are the cushions and the ugly faded curtains before.

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As you can see above, I had a lot of cushions to cover. The one along the back seat is almost 7 feet long, the width of the trailer. Then there were 3 large seat cushions, 3 small back cushions and the two weird triangle ones in the corners. It took about 10 yards of material to cover them all. I had some pieces left over to  make curtain tie-backs and make a reversible pillow.

I started with the easier rectangle ones. I cut out the fabric about 8 inches larger than the cushion on each side. This gave me enough material to double fold a hem and then fold over the cushion, about 3 inches thick, and then continue onto the back.

RV cushion cover striped fabric

I ironed one fold around the edges and then folded again for a nice clean hem. I am planning on being able to remove these and wash them if needed, so I didn’t want any fraying to happen when washed.

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I used both sew-on velcro and stick-on velcro. I sewed the velcro onto the edge of the fabric and used the stick-on velcro to put on the back of the cushion. My cushion backs have a vinyl back so it was easy to stick the velcro to it.

rv makeover velcro strip

Once the velcro was sewn on, I folded the long sides up and over to the back of the cushion and matched up the velcro strips, attaching them together.  Then I folded the ends like a present. I found it easier to place the sticky velcro onto the sewn-on velcro and then fold it over to stick to the vinyl.  That way they matched up perfectly.

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Here’s how the ends look. Nice and neat!

rv makeover folded cushion cover ends

This is the back of the cushion. I didn’t have them meet all the way in the middle because I wanted to be able to use the vinyl to stick the velcro on. Plus, it’s on the back. Most people are not going to see it when it’s in the trailer.

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I’m not even going to show you how I did the triangle ones. They are not pretty at all! I had a terrible time figuring them out, so they are just kind of velcroed everywhere to make them stay. Ha! No one will notice, right?

rv makeover striped cushion covers and curtains

I love how everything came together!! I found my fabric at Hobby Lobby, but I did post some links to Amazon in the first post, here.

rv makeover full view

If you have any additional questions about how I covered the cushions, please don’t hesitate to ask! I’m so glad I took the time to do this project. It made such a huge difference!  Thank you so much for coming by today!

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I’m So Excited About My RV Makeover!

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Good morning! I’m so excited about this post today! If you are on Pinterest at all, you have probably seen a RV makeover. So many of them are amazing! I have always wanted to do one, but have a couple of reasons for holding back.

  1. The only time I really have the time to do all the work in a full RV makeover is summer. Our summer has averaged between 95-108 degrees. Too hot to be out in a trailer!!
  2. I don’t have a good place to work on the trailer. My trailer is parked in my driveway, right next to my neighbors yard. I wouldn’t have been able to pull stuff out of the trailer without constantly being in their yard. I don’t think they would appreciate it and I wouldn’t do that to them.
  3. Did I mention it’s hot?!

Anyways, I had kind of put it out of my mind. Sort of. But then I realized, I could do a partial makeover. Duh! I could make some changes, but not go all out. My trailer is a 1999 Rockwood, 21 feet long, with the beds folding out of the ends.  I knew I wanted to change out the fabric on the cushions and the curtains, which were very 1990’s. Of course, then my mind just kept spinning and I came up with more changes. Anyways, here are some of the before pictures.

Dining area and bed, table also makes into a bed

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Kitchen

rv makeover kitchen before

Refrigerator

rv makeover fridge before

Storage area and another bed in the back, bathroom on the right

rv makeover before cupboards

That’s it in all it’s glory. In my makeover, I didn’t do any painting or major changes. The linoleum flooring really needs changing, but that will have to wait for another time. I am not much of a seamstress, but I managed to get the cushions covered with a slight short cut. I will show you a little here, but I will do another post next week to show you what I did. Here it is! I love it!!

The door is just on the other side of the refrigerator and you walk straight into the kitchen area. In the front is the seating area and then one of the beds that pulls down. You saw the table in the before pictures,  but it is so big, it’s hard to get in and out of the seats, so we only use it when we actually have to use it for a bed.

rv makeover full view

I found the olive/grey striped fabric on clearance at Hobby Lobby for only $4.00 a yard. That was how I decided what colors to use! Lauren and I also found the cute trailer and camper fabric that I had to have! It makes the cutest pillows. The last fabric was the curtains, and these had the perfect colors so they all coordinated together.

Grey and White Fabric  *  Camper Fabric  *  Floral Fabric

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I also used the fabric to make curtain tiebacks. I wasn’t going to make curtains to separate the beds from the rest of the trailer, but after making the the other new curtains, I couldn’t leave the old ones up! They looked terrible! All the curtains were faded, dirty and torn. I used some old curtains I already had on hand and put them up on curtain rods.

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Instead of the large table, I used this little folding table in the middle. It looks so much cuter! I just found this towel and a coordinating one at the lake this past weekend. It is the perfect match to the colors I had used. And of course, hot cocoa is a must when camping!

Camping Life Towels  *   Tin Cup   *    Mocha Table   *   White Table

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I also added a valance above the kitchen sink and the stove. There hadn’t been one at all before. This made it look much softer and ties in with everything else.

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And this new pet bed! Isn’t it adorable! The bowls even match! We always take our dogs camping when we go, so I just had to have this! Of course, the turquoise is perfect! They came from Lakeside Collection, but I found similar ones on Amazon.

Camping Pet Dishes   *   Camping Pet Bed

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I also painted the front of the refrigerator with chalkboard paint. The faux wood piece in the front just slid out so I was able to paint it outside the trailer. Now I can write down the menu for the weekend.

Bristro Chalk Marker   *  Chalkboard Spray Paint

rv makeover chalkboard refrigerator

 

Haley had given my these lights awhile ago, and I thought they would look cute in here. I hung them above the refrigerator along with the divided basket. I used some white foam tape on the bottom of the basket so it doesn’t move and fall off when we travel. This is the perfect place for a box of Kleenex and holding items such as keys, change and sunglasses.

Rattan String Lights   *   Divided Basket   *   White Foam Tape Squares

rv makeover hanging lights and basket

I love these canisters! My aunt and uncle were getting rid of these and I snatched them up! They are so retro! The lettering was for coffee and tea and I changed it with some scrapbook paper and stickers to coffee and cocoa. When we used to have a cabin at the lake, we had cups like these. Several years ago, I found these at a yard sale. I can’t believe how perfect they go with with all the other decor.

Black Canisters  *  Galvanized Canisters   *   Happy Camper Mug

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Here’s a little sneak peek at how I covered the cushions.

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I sewed the curtain tiebacks and added small plastic rings to the ends. Then I screwed a cup hook into the wall and can place the rings on the hook.

Cup Hooks   *   White Plastic Rings   *   Sew-on Velcro   *   Stick-on Velcro

rv makeover curtain tiebacks with hooks

I used the seashell specimen art I made a couple of years ago, to hang on the wall. Another blogger used Scotch Extreme Mounting Tape.  It’s amazing! Even over all the terrible roads, none of the pictures or other items I hung up with this tape have fallen when we traveled.

Scotch Extreme Mounting Tape

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I also painted this metal box to use as a shoe holder when we camp. It’s so much easier to have flip flops right by the door, so you can slip them on quickly to go in and out of the trailer. I painted the stripes with spray paint to match the ones on the shower curtain in the bathroom.

Galvanized Bin   *    Rustoleum Spray Paint

rv makeover metal striped box

The hooks are a great place to hang our dogs’ leashes when not in use. Perfect! Isn’t this little lantern the cutest thing! It was an Avon aftershave bottle. I just poured out the aftershave and washed it out really well. 🙂

Command Key Rail   *   Tiny Coleman Lantern

rv makeover coleman lantern and leash

I placed some old books and a candle up above the table. I used the same white foam tape to keep them from sliding around. I made the fabric banner a few years ago and hung it up across the front of the bed. It’s made from fabric squares and twine.

rv makeover books, candle, banner

There was a hole here in the cupboard panel where we removed an old speaker. I painted a small piece of wood white, glued it to the panel and then hung the beach sign on it.

Beach Sign

rv makeover beach sign

The last thing I added was a Camping Rules chalkboard. This was an old sign I had and so I added some of the ‘rules’ and hung it next to the bathroom. It got rubbed against a few times during this weekend. 🙂 I need to get a new white chalk pen!

 

rv makeover camping rules chalkboard

I don’t have a before of the bathroom because I changed this room before I decided to do the rest of the trailer. This wall used to have a medicine cabinet on it. I took it down and added these baskets to store all our personal items in. I added a little picture on the wall below the towel mostly to cover up some holes in the wall. The mirror on the right is the mirror from the medicine cabinet. We removed the mirror from the cabinet and hung it above the window.

Grey Plastic Bins   * Seas the Day Plaque   * Striped Shower Curtain

rv makeover turquoise baskets

I hung up this striped curtain over the shower. It used to have just a plastic curtain, but this is so much cuter!

rv makeover bathroom shower curtain

I bought this towel along with the other one on the little table because ‘This is how we roll!’ I also collect magnets from the different places we visit and place them on the oven door. I love the memories it brings back!

rv makeover kitchen towel

So what do you think? I love it! As I was sitting in the trailer this weekend, I looked around, and just love how it all looks together! I’m so happy I took the time to do this makeover! I would love to hear your comments! Thank you so much for coming by!

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