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4 rice heating pads with ribbons on a white board
How to Make Rice Heating Pads {Aromatherapy Rice Bags}
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

This easy tutorial will teach you how to make rice heating pads that are perfect for any beginning sewer. Heat these for a microwavable heating pad or stick it in the freezer for a homemade ice pack.

Course: DIY
Keyword: Aromatherapy Rice Bags, Microwavable Rice Heating Pad, Rice Heating Pads
  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine or needle
  • Scissors
  • Uncooked white rice
  • Binder clips or clothespins
  1. Fold and press a 1/4 inch hem at the top of your fabric.

  2. Fold the right sides of the fabric together with the hemmed edges at the top.

  3. Make a basic stitch around the sides like you’re creating a pocket, leaving the hemmed sides open.

  4. Next, turn it right side out so that the right side of the fabric is showing. Fill the bag with the rice. 

  5. Use clips or clothespins to keep the rice in while sewing. Use a basic stitch and sew the two hemmed sides together.

Recipe Notes

If you’re new to sewing, fill the bag halfway with rice for the first few bags you make. They’ll be easier to work with and sew shut. If you’re a more experienced sewer, fill bags two-thirds full of rice before sewing shut.


If you use flaxseed or cherry pits as filler, place 1 cup of water in the microwave while you're heating the bags. 


Always test the temperature of the rice bag before allowing kids to use them. Some microwaves heat the filling unevenly and you want to be extra cautious.