How to Make Rice Bag Heating Pads

Things You'll Need

  • Fleece fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Rice
  • Ribbon

If you have a stiff neck or aching back, you know how good applying a heat source can feel. The muscles loosen up and the pain melts away. Rice bag heating pads warm to just the right temperature to soothing aching muscles, and can be form-fit around any body part. After two minutes in the microwave, a rice bag heating pad will warm an ache for half an hour or more. This handy item is very easy to make; you can create a dozen or more in an afternoon.

Cut out a piece of fleece fabric that measures 11 inches by 18 inches. Lay this fleece rectangle on the table in front of you, right side up, with the longer sides at the right and left.

Fold the left edge over to the right edge. Pin along the bottom and right side edges.

Sew the bottom and right-side edges, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance and a short stitch length. You will now have a rectangular bag with an open end.

Turn the bag right-side out. Push the corners out with your hands to make sure that they are not bunched up inside.

Fill the bag with plain rice until it's half-full. Stand the bag up on end to help with filling it. Do not overfill the bag.

Fold the edges of the open end inside the bag. Pin the top edge closed and flat. Sew a topstitch along the folded end to close the bag opening.

Lay the bag on a table and shake it around to distribute the rice evenly. Get half of the rice in each half of the bag. Fold the bag in half. Wrap an attractive ribbon around the folded bag and tie it in a bow.


  • If you don't like the look of topstitching on one end, slip-stitch the opening closed by hand.

    You may make this same project in flannel, instead of fleece, for a different look.

    Don't use instant rice in this project. Regular uncooked rice will retain the heat a lot longer.