When I made my scented rice pack, I also made one for Tina and Tena H. (my mom). My mother said when my brother saw hers, he expressed something like disbelief that I could make something like that and also a suggestion that I should make one in a U shape specifically for neck use.
1. Thanks, Bro. 'Preciate ya.
2. hmm, yes. That's a pretty good idea.
And, as always, Pinterest came through for me. I found a tutorial for a U shaped travel pillow. And figured, sure, I could fill it with rice instead of stuffing.
The tutorial was really easy to follow. In fact, sewing it was the fastest part. Cutting out all the little squares is what took so long!
I used the black/grey/white/yellow wal-mart fabric that I already had scraps of at home. (seriously, if you ever want to do something nice for me, buy me more of this fabric. I love having it on hand for impromptu jobs!) In fact, if we weren't out of rice, I could have done the entire project in under an hour and not had to go to the store.
|the front before I added the rice|
|filled with rice. I have no clue how much rice I put in. I just kept adding it until I felt like I should stop so I'd have enough free space to sew the whole up.|
While I wouldn't call this a gender neutral fabric choice, I don't think it's overly feminine. It should be something he and his wife would feel comfortable using. Also, I added lavender to the rice ... and, well, that part may have made it feminine. ;-)