Easy tutorial for DIY rice heating pads that are perfect for any beginning sewer. These rice heating pads can be used hot or cold.
Anne B – avert your eyes! I know how much you hate opening your Christmas gifts before Christmas. Turn away now.
She gone? Let’s proceed.
These rice heating pads are great for easing aches and pains (if heated in the microwave), and for boo boos (if put in the freezer). You can turn a rice heating pad into a therapeutic aid by adding aromatics like herbs or essential oils. Rice heating pads are also simple to make. A monkey could make these. I know, because one of them had to teach me how to use the sewing machine. If you think I’m joking, I don’t want to tell you how long I spent trying to make my sister’s sewing machine work before I realized it wasn’t turned on. Ahem.
Rice Heating Pad Supply List
-fabric (any kind will work)
-binder clips or clothespins
-thread corresponding to the color of the fabric
Start with some cute fabric that is double size of what you want the end product to be.
Unfold your fabric. Figure out what part of the fabric will be the “top” and then fold an edge over to create a hem. Press with an iron. Sew a basic stitch.
Turn it inside out, then fold it in half with the top part together. Make a basic stitch around the sides, leaving the top part open.
Fill the different segments of the bag with rice. You’re using this as a heating pad – not eating it, so go for the lowest cost rice you can find.
The next part is the most complicated because you need to figure out how to sew the open end without spilling rice all over. Not that I did that or anything…yeah. I found that the best thing was to use simple binder clips on the various openings until you were ready to sew it. You’re connecting the edges that you hemmed earlier.