WHAT YOU NEED:
Needles, Thread, Pins
FOR WHEAT BAG:
Wheat for filling
2/3 m Calico - this is great as it breathes!
Scraps of different cotton/felt: coloured, spotted, striped, floral (small print not massive)
Different Coloured Embroidery Thread
Dakron for stuffing ears, beaks, trunks
WHAT TO DO TO MAKE YOUR WHEAT BAG:
Fold your calico in half and cut out the basic shape that you would like your wheat bag/animal to be (you can make this whatever size you like). For Kanoa’s owl wheatbag she used a basic rectangular shape.
Because your calico was folded, you should have two of the exact same shapes cut out!
Keeping the two pieces you have cut out together, sew the calico pieces together by stitching around three of the edges.
Note: Double-stitching is always great for added strength! (you will need to sew the fourth edge once the wheat has been put in).
You should now have a calico pocket. Turn this inside out so that the edges are on the inside, for a neater look.
Fill your calico pocket about 2/3 full with wheat and add a drop or two of lavendar oil to make it smell great! Once you have filled your bag with wheat, sew up the fourth side to close it off.
TO MAKE YOUR WHEATBAG COVER
This is the part where you can get creative and do whatever you like, but you need to start with the basic cover to slip over your wheat bag. You will need to make your basic cover to be like a pillow slip that is the same size and shape as your wheat bag inner – so at the back the fabric will overlap over the hole where you slip in your wheat bag like this:
Once you have sewn your basic cover, you can use pieces of felt and other fabric to decorate your wheatie bag cover like an animal or however you’d like it to look. You can also use embroidery thread to add in extra detail. You can use whatever you like for decorations but remember that you should take the wheatbag out of the cover before you heat it.
TIP: You can put wheat bags into the freezer to use as a cool pack for sports injuries or you can pop it into the microwave with a cup of water and heat it up for chilly nights or to soothe sore muscles.
WHY PUT A CUP OF WATER IN THE MICROWAVE TOO?
The cup of water stops the wheat inside the wheat bag from getting too dry and burning you, so if you’re heating up your wheat bag in the microwave make sure you put a cup of water in with it!!!