I know there are several tutorials for microwavable heating pads out there, but I absolutely love these. I use them frozen and heated.
Materials for your heat packs
- 2 yards of flannel
- Essential oil of your choice (I used bergamot which has become my favorite citrusy scent)
How do you make a microwavable heating pad?
I started by cutting my flannel into 10 7″ x 21″ strips.
Then I sewed two sides together leaving one end open for the rice.
I put my rice in a big container and added about 40 drops of essential oil to it. I have loved essential oils lately and have a ton of. This sounds like a lot, but I think I had 20 cups of rice in my container. I shook up the rice to make sure my oil got evenly distributed.
Then put about 1.5 cups of rice in my bag turned right side out.
I found pinning the rice down helped to keep it from breaking my needle and getting in the way. Then I sewed a straight line all the way across the bottom third of my bag.
I repeated this with the middle third and the last section. On the last section, I folded the edges in before sewing straight across.
That’s it! I got my fleece from Joann for 2.50 a yard! I got 4 yards because I wanted to make a bunch of microwavable heating pads to keep around as gifts for birthdays and whatever else comes up.
How Long do you heat a rice bag?
I like mine warm but not hot so I heat mine for about 2 minutes. I would suggest going in increments of 1 minute and seeing how you like it! The hotter it is, the longer it will be warm. Mine stay warm for about 30-60 minutes.
Can you wash a rice heating pad?
You could wash the exterior with a wet rag/paper towel if you spill on it but because this is full of rice, Putting it in water would not be a good idea.
These smell heavenly and will help ease sore muscles, cramping and inflammation. I keep one in my freezer and one on my bed stand to warm up at all times!
Are microwavable heating pads safe?
Absolutely! As long as you’re not heating them for too long, they are perfectly safe. You can always microwave it a little longer later so err on the side of less hot to protect your skin.
Bergamot Scented Homemade Heating Pad with Rice
I know there are several tutorials for heat packs out there, but I absolutely love these. I use them frozen and heated for pretty much everything.
- Optional - Essential oil of your choice
- Sewing Machine
- Cut flannel into 10 7" x 21" strips.
- Sew two sides together leaving one end open for the rice.
- Place rice in a big container and add about 40 drops of essential oil to it.
Put 1.5 cups of rice in bag turned right side out.
- Pin the rice down to keep it from breaking your needle and getting in the
- Sew a straight line all the way across the bottom third of the bag.
- Repeat this with the middle third and the last section. In the last section,
I folded the edges in before sewing straight across.
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Chelsea smith says
I love the post about your diy heat packs. This pregnancy took a toll on my back so these are something I will definitely be looking into!! Thanks for your great posts!
Kalpana Naghnoor says
Great! It is easy to make and looks very good!
SO easy! And wait till you smell them! <3
We’re always needing heating pads and ice packs with 4 kids. Can’t wait to make them. Any special instructions when heating? i.e. heat with water in microwave so as to not scorch rice in heating pad?
No special instructions! I have never heard of heating it with water though that’s a pretty good idea! From my experience if you do them about 1-2 minutes at a time it’s pretty hard to burn it! I hope you love it Becky <3
Jaclyn B says
I’ll have to make a few of these! My hands are ALWAYS cold!