December 16, 2011

How To Holidays: Make a Rice Heating Pad

Posted by Laura

I just love to cuddle up with a warm heating pad when I have achy muscles. Heating pads are so quick and easy to make, and they allow a lot of room for creativity/personalization. Here is a tutorial on one I made for my sister-in-law as a Christmas gift.

Rice Heating Pad

-Cotton Fabric, any size (I cut 2 pieces 10"x15" each)
-Rice (I used Jasmine Rice for the nutty scent)
-Dried Lavender
-Sewing Machine

For the Fabric;Silk, Flannel. For the Filler; Corn (make sure it's feed corn - this can be found at a store like Agway), Buckwheat, Flax Seeds. For the Scent; Essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus or peppermint (add to rice before filling).

Step 1 (optional): Dry the rice out. One problem with rice heating pads is that they can sometimes become damp in the microwave because rice retains moisture. Some people like the damp heating pad. I do not. I opted to dry the rice out by spreading it out on a cookie sheet and roasting it for approximately 30 minutes at 200 degrees.

Step 2: Sew the bag. Put both pieces of fabric together, wrong sides facing each other, and sew 3 sides (2 long and 1 short) with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Cut the corners to make it less lumpy when turning right side out.

Step 3: Turn right side out and add sections. By sewing sections, you are limiting the space that the rice has to shift around in the bag.

Make sure you pick the right color thread for this part
since the thread will be showing.

Step 4: Mix rice with desired scent. I combined about 1/2 cup dried lavender to my rice.

Step 5: Fill the sections with rice. A funnel works well here.

Step 6: Stitch up the open end. Fold open end over twice, into itself, about 1/2" each fold. Iron into place, use pins to hold in place and sew seam.

All done!


  1. Thanks for the lovely tutorial - this will be my homeschooled children's January sewing project. You've made it quite simple for us to follow the instructions!

    1. What an excellent project for kids! Hope it turns out great :)

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