Homemade Heating Pad

Today I’m sharing a super easy tutorial that is sure to be a staple at your house just like it is at ours. It’s going to be go to when you and your littles aren’t feeling very well!

DIY Heat pad using washcloths and rice | www.ourthriftyideas.com #diy #winter #sewing

Today I’m gonna share how to make a rice heat pad with washcloths. I found a 6 pack at Walmart on black Friday so I stocked up on a bunch. They are still there for like $1.98 so still an awesome price. And as always, buy the cheapest generic rice you can find. This particular project I think I used 2 1/4 lbs per heat pad, but that’s only a few dollars.

DIY Heat pad using washcloths and rice | www.ourthriftyideas.com #diy #winter #sewing

Start by placing 2 of the washcloths together lining up each edge. Use a straight stitch with a very close stitch to sew all the way around all 4 edges, but leaving open about 2 inches in one corner. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and then end.

DIY Heat pad using washcloths and rice | www.ourthriftyideas.com #diy #winter #sewing

Then create a funnel out of paper (or use a wide mouth funnel) and pour enough rice into the washcloth bag that will make it comfortable and formable. Dont pack it too tight!

DIY Heat pad using washcloths and rice | www.ourthriftyideas.com #diy #winter #sewing

Then take your open corner, tuck it into itself and using the same stitch, sew the opening closed. Make sure to overlap the other hems so that there’s no open holes for the rice to fall out of.

DIY Heat pad using washcloths and rice | www.ourthriftyideas.com #diy #winter #sewing

My son recently woke up not feeling well, and all he wanted was to lay on the couch with his blanket and duck pillow, and watch cartoons. But the whole time he kept complaining that he was freezing. So I pulled out the heat pad and warmed it up in the microwave for him. He had one on his feet, one on his back and then laid his head on one! This is now one of his favorite things. I know he’s tired when he requests the warm pack to snuggle with!

DIY Heat pad using washcloths and rice | www.ourthriftyideas.com #diy #winter #sewing

When you use them for kids, make sure to test the temperature of the pad before giving it to them. Depending on your microwave, you can heat them for 1-3 minutes.

These also are great to stick in the freezer and use as an ice pack, or warm for your sore sore muscles.

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Comments

  1. My mom had these when we were little and I LOVED them! You’ve inspired me to make my own! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. What a great idea! And actually when I was pregnant I got carpal tunnel so I used heating pads to help ME all the time too, and I’m sure we’ll need them for baby boy as he grows older too. Great idea!

  3. my little boy LOVES his rice bag. I made them last year for christmas neighbor gifts. So nice to stay cozy.

    http://www.theprojectgirl.com/2013/12/23/sewn-rice-bag-fast-and-easy-last-minute-christmasholidaywinter-gift-free-download/

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