Fun With Felt: Roadkill Rice Bags

Last weekend was our annual “ladies only” family gathering we call Hoegarden. Since it was held at my sister’s new place in the country, we decided to go with a “Lowdown Hoedown” theme. Food for the weekend included fried chicken, a pancake breakfast, fried pies and waaaay too many snacks. But my favorite thing was the gifts we all pulled together. There was Bacon Grease hand cream, Apple Pie Moonshine and Trailer Trash snack mix. Let’s just say we took full advantage of this year’s theme.

Here’s a look at one of the gifts I made. I hope you’ll take it in the spirit of fun with which it was intended. {I’m talking to you, PETA.}

Road Kill Rice Bags - Tabled

I mean, if you’ve got a boo-boo and you need a hot or cold pack, why not make them fun? Can you imagine the excitement these could cause when someone opens your freezer to find a dead cat or dog? Each is crafted from felt and filled with raw rice. They can be thrown in the freezer when you’re in need of an ice pack OR heated in the microwave for 2 minutes when you need a heating pad.

Road Kill Rice Bags - Turtle & Cat
The turtle went to Sister #5 (The Baby). She was always dragging critters home when she was little. I’m allergic to most cats, so this one is perfect for me.

Road Kill Rice Bags - Rabbit & Mole with Cactus
The mole & cactus is for Sister #4. She has a Loggerheaded Shrike (bird) in her neighborhood that’s famous for impaling moles on top of prickly pear cactus. It has been a running gag since we found the first one last Thanksgiving. Now none of us can drive through her neighborhood without slowing down at the cactus to see if the shrike has been there. Morbid, but fascinating.

Road Kill Rice Bags - Dog, Armadillo, Owl & Pig
That dog was for Sister #1 (Big Sis). Her husband won’t let them have a dog, so I took care of that for her. The armadillo was for my niece, and the little pig & owl were for the grandbabies in the group. They’ll be exposed to our twisted sense of humor soon enough, but for now they get the cute stuff.

Road Kill Rice Bags - Cardinal & Fox
My mother got this cardinal; she’s big on birds. And I love how the fox for My Baby turned out. He’s adorable, even with tire marks.

Speaking of, the tire tread marks were created with a Magic Eraser sponge. I cut three channels lengthwise to create the tire grooves, then went back with scissors and cut little notches along each channel to make them look like tire treads. From there, I dipped the sponge into a charcoal gray fabric paint and painted tire tracks across each animal’s tummy. I’m not going to lie – I could not stop laughing while I was making these.

To package them, I put a toe tag on each critter and placed them into a small black trash bag. Each bag was sealed with a twist-tie and a gift tag.

Road Kill Rice Bags - Tags

The only thing more fun than making these was the squeals and laughter when they were opened. It was hysterical. Yes, we’re kind of weird, but we also really know how to make each other laugh. Roadkill Rice Bags may not be a traditional gift, but they are all kinds of hilarious fun.

NOTE: No actual animals were harmed in the making of this roadkill.



Filed under Craft Projects, Hoegarden Weekends

27 responses to “Fun With Felt: Roadkill Rice Bags

  1. Your felt roadkill is hilarious. Your family must be a riot!

  2. The Baby

    These really were the “hit” of the party! LOVE them all!

  3. Big Sis

    Hot Dog!! I haven’t put my road kill in the freezer yet, but soon! Thanks for the cute dead dog!! LOL

  4. Hmmm…should we be worried about you?!
    Ha…my husband peeked over just as happened to be reading, and he started laughing. We both got a kick out of the toe tags. I think I see a special Etsy shop in someone’s future…;-p

  5. Hahahahahahaha…these are hilarious! Love them!

  6. These look so awesome! I bought a book on how to make zombie felties, but I haven’t started them yet.

  7. JEANNE!!!!!!! These are hilarious! I was dying!!!!! Totally need to make a few of these for HRH – way better than the Belle ice pack we’ve got happening now! LOL

  8. I love these. Thanks for the post

  9. Jeanne….you have such a dark and twisted sense of humor. I LOVE IT! I bet these were so much fun to make. You seriously…seriously need to consider opening an Etsy shop! Glad you ladies had a wonderful time!

  10. Cindy

    Too funny! Love these.

  11. Margie

    These roadkill boo boo packs are to die for soooo cute. Any chance of getting the patterns I have a bunch of little ones in the family I would love to make these for and I love anything made from felt. Loved reading your post.

    • I’m so glad you like them, Margie. Unfortunately, I just free-handed them, so there is no pattern. If you let me know which ones you’re thinking of making, I can try to pull something together.

  12. nancy

    I’d love to know how to make the turtle, cat, and bird. I see the dog and fox are nearly like the cat, but they are very cute.

    • Hi, Nancy!
      I’m so glad you like the roadkill rice bags. They were a big hit at our family get together. Unfortunately, there is no pattern. I just drew them freehand on copy paper until I liked how they looked, then cut out the pieces. They were pretty simple to draw, and even more fun to bring to life. -jeanne

  13. Amber Holden

    hello, i wanted to know how i could buy a road kill rice bag?

    • Hello, Amber!
      I’m so happy you liked the roadkill rice bags. Unfortunately, they were never for sale. I created them as gifts for a family gathering. There are no patterns, either. Each one was created freehand. They were a big hit and so much fun to make. Thanks for asking. -jeanne

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