We all have those days where we could do with a little warmth right? Headaches, sick in bed or even just a little cold. Buying heat packs from the pharmacy for these occasions can get expensive. So why not make your own reusable rice heat pack?
You can make these super simple and easy to use reusable rice heat packs from a piece of fabric and a bag of rice.
What Can I Use A Heat Pack For?
You can use these reusable heat packs for pretty much anything. I am making mine for the colder months to put into our bed or for when either of us is ill.
You can make small pocket size ones to keep your hands warm on your way to work or school. Larger ones to go in your bed to preheat before sleep or a toe warmer at the bottom. Some people make them to sit on their forehead to help with headaches and migraines.
There are multiple uses for these reusable rice heat packs and honestly, they are worth giving a try. I have read that using heat packs alleviate pain in muscles and joints are good to use for those with arthritis.
How To Make A Reusable Rice Heat Pack
You can make your reusable rice heat pack to any size you want. Whether you want a long thin one for the bottom of the bed or smaller pocket size ones the choice is up to you.
Collect your equipment together here is a list of what you will need. If you are looking for a full equipment list of what I use click here.
- Fabric – to the size you want
- Matching colour thread
- Fabric marking tool
- Sewing machine
You can make them from most fabrics but be aware that synthetic fabrics will melt or distort in the microwave.
Create the size of what you are wanting to create. For me, I chose a size that was suitable to lay on the head for headaches. I decided to make the size 11 inches by 9 inches square.
Fold the square in half right sides together, this will create 3 open sides and one side on the fold.
Pin to sides in place leaving one of the shortest sides open. That will be the side the rice is poured into later.
Once the 2 sides are pinned together to create a secure rectangle sew them with the sewing machine. Make sure your stitches are fairly close together and small to ensure no rice is able to leak out.
Before turning the fabric right way out you will want to trim the corner to get rid of any bulk.
You can do this by cutting a diagonal line across, careful not to catch the sewn line.
Turn the pouch the right way around and press. You can then using a funnel, the bag or your hands start pouring rice into the bag. Don’t fill all the way up as you will want space for the rice to be able to move and lie semi flat.
You also need to leave room for the fabric pouch to be turned in and sewn at the open end to create a close. I would suggest filling the reusable rice heat pack to half way or 2/3rds of the way full.
This will give you ample padding and rice to heat without it being too full.
Take the open end and fold inwards the raw edges. Fold roughly 1/2 inch inwards. This will create a neat edge you can sew together. Start by pinning it together to hold it in place.
Then sew by machine or by hand whichever you prefer. Make sure your stitches are fairly close together to keep the rice for leaking out.
That is everything on how to make a reusable rice heat pack. If you are looking to make your own they are simple to make and even easier to use. If you have been using a reusable heat pack and have anything you think I should add in please let me know in the comments below.