Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Rice Heating Pad

My lovely friend Mary came to me with a great idea! She wanted to make rice heating pads for her sisters- for Christmas! So, here is what we did:

Start with two pieces of fabric, whatever size you want. Put right sides together.

Sew around the sides, leaving an opening big enough to put rice in!

Turn right side out and fill with rice... but don't over fill it.

Fold your seam allowance over- where your gap is...

You can either machine stitch it closed, or hand sew. I hate hand sewing... so I used my machine. Make sure to PIN it really well, and you'll have to have someone hold it for you while you sew- otherwise rice will go everywhere! Trust me, I know from experience  because I thought it out carefully before sewing it...

Here is what ours looks like sewn... I know its not the neatest... but it gets the job done.

Next I just made a pouch for it to go in when its all nice and toasty... Mary picked out some amazingly soft, fuzzy material. Loved it. Put on some velcro to keep it shut, and there you have it!

An awesome way to relax those sore muscles!!

(Put the rice bag in the microwave to warm. Make sure the material is 100 percent cotton!)

You can also use it as an ice pack- just stick it in the freezer!

  Oh, and my new blogging friend Jeanette gave me and award and wrote a sweet post about this blog. How awesome is she? Click HERE to see the post. Make sure you explore her blog, its great!



  1. Awesome job! The cover looks like that WAY expensive fabric at porter's... minkee or something? I dunno. But I was going to do about the same thing to make bean bags for the kids in nursery to play with, but then school started and now I probably won't be in nursery much longer... :( Oh well... fun idea though. I have one with herbs in it!

  2. Great idea. I have one filled with herbs and I love it, but it is maybe I can make a bigger one with rice!

    Congrats on your award


  3. You were in front of me at SITS and I'm so glad I stopped by. We had one of these and it got tangled in a blanket and I washed it and ruined it! Now I can make another one! :)

  4. it also works great if you sew little cloth handles on each side. :)

  5. I wonder if you use Jasmine or Basmati if you would get their wonderful natural scents coming thru?! So easy and fun to make. Maybe my daughter would like to make these for Christmas gifts. Do you think you could hot glue the edges instead of sewing? Would the bond hold in the microwave? Holly

  6. Come by later today for some bling for your blog. Holly

  7. Love these!! I'm going to try the Jasmine rice!!