DIY Rice Heat Packs are easy to make, uses simple supplies, and make great gifts for those feeling under the weather.
DIY Flannel Rice Heat Packs
These rice heat packs are an easy beginner sewing project that are great for at home uses and to give as gifts. They come together super quickly so making a bunch at one time is a breeze!
Minimal Supplies Needed:
- Fabric, we made our Rice Heat packs roughly a 9 x 9 in square. How much fabric will determine how many you plan to make and what size
- Sewing Machine
- Coordinating Thread
- Rice, we use Jasmine Rice *DO NOT USE INSTANT RICE
What should I use the rice heat pack for?
This homemade heat pack is great for a number of things but our top reasons are:
- Tummy Aches & Cramps– this is a great tummy soother for both kids and adults alike. We make our rice packs big enough for our kids to hold to keep their tummies warm and to alleviate pesky cramps during certain times of the month for us ladies.
- Back & Neck Pain – helps alleviate tight back and neck from pulled or sore muscles. We recommend making your heat pack into a rectangular shape for necks.
- Winter Sports Warmers – how many times have you been sitting outside watching an early evening soccer or football game in the fall months? These are great to heat up right before the game and to bring with you (depending on how far away your field is) Our local school field is only a few minutes away.
- Bring to Bed – some nights the bed sheets are extra chilly and these little guys help keep your warm while you and your kids drift off to sleep.
How to make a Homemade Heat Pack
- Cut fabric. We cut two squares that were 9 in. x 9 in. but any size will work perfectly.
- Place your fabric pieces together. Pretty sides facing each other. UGLY/BACKSIDE should be facing you.
- If needed, place pins around all four sides of the fabric. BE SURE to leave about 2 inch opening for turning and filling.
- Using a sewing machine, stitch around all four sides. I prefer to use a zig zag stitch for extra strength.
- Turn heat pack right side out through the 2 inch opening. Press with a hot iron.
- Use a funnel to fill with rice. Fill about 3/4 full.
- Using a needle and thread, stitch the opening closed.
How do I use a reusable heat pack?
- These heat packs are made specifically for the microwave. Heat for 1-2 minutes, shake gently, and make sure it’s not too hot before placing on area needing to be tended.
- You can also place these heat packs in the freezer and use as a cold compress.