Saturday, January 5, 2013

Rice Bag Heating Pad...

I posted earlier about making Rice Bags. They are wonderful. I use mine every evening to keep warm and then at night in bed. And, if you have an ache or pain and need heat for it, it's perfect.

I made a lot for family and friends this Christmas, and have had fun doing it. So, I thought I would do a tutorial on how I have been making them. It's really very easy and I have done them all by hand too (my sewing machine is not working right now).

Below you will find pictures and instructions of what I did. But, there are many ways to do this and you can modify what I have done to better suit you. Have fun and enjoy your rice bag.


You will need these supplies for your rice bag.
- Fabric. 100% cotton works best, you can get a fat quarter or just a 1/4 yard of fabric.
- Heavy duty thread.
- DMC Cotton Perle 10g.
- Whole grain white rice.
- Scissors, straight pins and a needle (I used an embroidery needle).

For this bag, I cut my fabric into a 14 inch by 9 inch rectangle. I wanted it to be more long and narrow than square. But, for most of the rice bags I have made, I use a fat quarter and cut it into two pieces for two rice bags.

Fold the fabric in half with right sides together. Now, fold over the two long sides and pin the fold in place. I folded mine over twice so there is no chance of any rice getting out.

When you are done pinning the sides, use your heavy thread, doubled up and tied with a good knot, to sew a running stitch down each side.

When you get to the end, back stitch a couple of times and tie a really good knot.

When both sides are sewn, turn your bag right side out and you are ready to fill it with rice.

I fill my bags about 2/3 full with rice.

Now, fold the raw edge of your fabric in about 1/2 to 1 inch.

And then, fold it over and pin in place.

Sew along the edge with nice small stitches. I even stitched up the small sides of the fold.

When you get to the end, tie a good knot.

This is what the back of mine looks like...

And, the front...

Gotta love a rice bag.

I found this fun fabric for my daughter...

And this Star Wars fabric for my son.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this. My father has arthritis and is often in pain, so think I may whip up a few of these for him. Many thanks!

  2. A very wonderful idea! Thanks so much for this have inspired me today I think I will give this a try!

    1. Glad to hear it Shari. I would love to see it when you are done...

  3. You know, after your last post I made my daughter one while she was here visiting at Christmas. These are really cute. I think the hand stitching adds a lot, much better than my sewing machine bags. Making one out of flannel would be so cozy, and I should have used the Star Wars fabric for my daughter. She is a complete sci-fi geek (even at 32 years old). I still haven't made myself a new one. I think I'm going to try it this way!

    1. The flannel is very cozy - and the print is perfect for my daughter who has a big sweet tooth. i found the Star Wars fabric at Joann's. My son (18 years old) loves Star Wars (R2-D2 is his favorite) and has a padawan braid that is about one and a half feet long. I would love to see the one you make for yourself...

  4. I think you should sell these. Just think, with our aging population, they should sell like hotcakes! (No pun intended!)

  5. I've been making these for years and I keep them in the freezer for my migrines. You can add essential oils t o the rice as well but if you do, keep them in an airtight bag so they don't make your entire freezer smell. The cold packs are also good on extremely hot days, put on the back of the neck will help cool you down, I used them for my aunt before she past away because she couldn't handle the warmer weather.

    1. I thought all summer about putting it in the freezer but never did. Next summer for sure...

  6. Thank you for the tutorial, I am a beginner sewer and in the military so I am often away and can't bring my machine with me. I wanted to hand stitch a few of these in my spare time while I'm away but I was nervous about the rice coming out of my stitching. I was excited to see how you folded over the edges twice so it won't. No other tutorials that I've seen have shown this (remember I'm a very beginner lol) Thanks for the great tutorial


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