DIY Cozy Rice Heating Pad

Recently I have been going to physical therapy for a back injury and as part of my visit, I lay on a giant heating pad that covers my whole back and it feels wonderful!  I decided to try to recreate this DIY, cozy, rice heating pad at home.   I like the idea of a portable heating pad, instead of one you plug in, so you don’t have to worry about finding a plug or falling asleep and burning yourself.

I was able to whip up the one below in an afternoon.  (If the sewing part of this project scares you, trust me, you can do it!  I have VERY minimal sewing skills and even had to get the manual out to re-teach myself how to use my sewing machine!  If I can do it, anyone can!)

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This heating pad is large and kind of heavy and bulky, but I love how it covers my whole back.    I found this fleece material on the remnant rack at my local craft store.  It is so soft and cozy!   If you need a smaller heating pad for a more isolated area, you can make a smaller one like this:

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I have even made tiny ones to heat up if my kids have an ear infection. It feels nice to lay one that has been lightly heated by the sore ear.

For the DIY Cozy Heating Pad You will need:

-rice (The amount depends on how large your heating pad is.  For the large size I used two large bags of rice. The smaller one uses 3/4 to one bag of rice.)

-a sturdy cotton material for the rice

-fleece for the case (You could use any material for this, but I like fleece because it is so soft and cozy.)

*I usually shop the remnant isle for the material because it is super cheap and you don’t need a large amount of material to make these.

-sewing machine

-thread color of your choice

Directions:

1.For the inside case, use the sturdy cotton material.  Fold the material in half so you only have to sew three edges.  Fold and pin the edges and then sew three edges shut like a pillow case and  leave a small opening at the top of the case to fill it with rice.

2. Fill the case with rice and sew shut (Make sure it is sewn securely shut or you will have a mess!).  You can sew inside or outside seams, depending on whether you want them to show.  I didn’t really care how fancy mine looked, so I sewed the seams from the outside.  If you don’t want them to show, you can turn the material inside out and sew the seams, then turn it back right side out when you are done. Another alternative for this would be to sew the large one into 4 separate compartments for the rice. This would stop the rice from sliding back and forth through the whole pack. You would just leave an opening in each section to pour rice in and then sew it up!

My large inside pad case looks like this:

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**You could also add 1-3 drops of essential oil such as lavender to the rice and your heating pad will smell nice when you heat it in the microwave

3. For the fleece cover, if you want a nice finished edge, you can sew a seam around the edge that will be open (not sewn) before sewing the sides together. Once you have hemmed the edge of the fleece, fold it in half, pin the edges and sew two sides together leaving the third side open(the one you hemmed) like a pillow case.  It is nice to make a case for the rice bag so you can remove it to wash.

4. Slide the rice bag into the fleece case and you now have a cozy, portable heating pad!

I usually heat the small one in the microwave for about 2 minutes (the time will depend on your microwave) and the large one took about 6 minutes with me taking it out and rotating it every 2 minutes.

This heating pad will sooth all of your aches and pains or  just warm you up on a cold winter night!

Enjoy!

~Blessings,

Jen

 

 

Comments

  1. Annemarie Kautz says:

    Love this idea Julie! What a great DIY project for any level! Going to make one for myself for when my shoulder hurts…..I have just the purple material too!!!

  2. Mary Lee Grimes says:

    Great idea~!