DIY Hot Rice Packs

DIY Hot Rice Packs
Have you ever used a hot rice pack?  If you have not, you do not know what you are missing!!! They are awesome for aches and pains – from backaches to earaches to a stiff neck to growing pains.  Even my kids love them! They call them “warms.”  There is usually at least one of us using a “warm” every day.  On a bad day, I use several.  They also put more pressure on than a heating pad and are more versatile. My grandma makes them for us, and she was kind enough to show the steps of how to make the hot rice packs so that all of you can make them, too.


2 Pieces of fabric in desired size (Cotton or Cotton Flannel)
Sewing Machine
Pinking Shears (optional)
If you have pinking shears:
1. Put the fabric wrong sides together.
2. Go around 3 1/2 sides with the sewing machine.
3. Do this twice so it does not pop open.
4. Fill about 2/3 full with rice.  DO NOT OVERFILL.
5. Sew up the hole.
6. Go around the entire thing with pinking shears.
*If you DO NOT have pinking shears:
1. Put the fabric right sides together.
2. Sew around 3 1/2 sides of the fabric with the sewing machine.
3. Do this twice so it does not pop open.
4. Fill about 2/3 full with rice.  DO NOT OVERFILL.
5. Sew up the hole.
Heat for 2-3 minutes in the microwave (time depends on size).  If it is not warm enough, heat in 30 second increments until it is the desired warmth.  After the first time heating, you will have an idea of how long to heat it from there on out.  DO NOT OVERHEAT.
Hot Rice Pack             Rice Packs
Rice Packs               Hot Rice Pack
                                            rice packs
*10″ or less is best.
*They can be square or rectangular.  If you are a really talented sewer, you can make them any shape you desire.
*9×9″ is a good size.  Others are 7×10, 6×8, and 5×8.
*6×9″ is a great size for the small of your back.
*You can make them smaller for children.
*You can buy remnants for the fabric.
*Store brand rice will work just fine!
*You can use the pinking shears before or after sewing the rice pack.
*They stay warm longer if you cover up with a blanket (especially wonderful for wintertime!)
Here are some of our “warms.”
our rice packs

16 thoughts on “DIY Hot Rice Packs

  1. I’m going to be making these to include in Christmas present packages. I think there will be lovely gifts for people.


  2. I LOVE using my rice hot pack! Thanks for sharing the simple steps to making one, mine was given to me as a gift! Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me Link Party, I hope you will party with us again next week!


  3. I love rice packs! Someday I will learn how to sew, and I’ll pin this now for that very day! You could prob put lavender or something in them too I imagine? Great post 🙂


    • They are amazing for aches, pains, pulled muscles, etc! I actually have a very nice sewing machine but no clue how to use it! Ha-ha. They make hand sewing machines that are inexpensive and easy enough for Sarah’s husband to use. -Karen


      • The handheld one she’s talking about we found at walmart for about 20$ it is great for smaller jobs like this!!


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