Keeping It Real MaMa
DIY Microwaveable Heating Pad
Body sores , achy bones, body pain? This is something we all one way or another experience. I know I sure feel every ache in my body. My snap , crackle , pop is no longer in my cereal it’s surely in my bones.
After all I’m a mom of seven kids a wife and our company is home remodeling so I know a thing or two about sores and aches in the body.
Get a piece of fabric from Walmart, jo-Ann fabrics , hobby lobby or whichever craft store is nearest you. I like to be creative so I choose different fabrics. Measure the size you want of the heating pad. It’s okay if you don’t have a sewing machine but you will need needle and thread and this will take a little longer.
Fabric or You could use what you already have around the house, or even go pick something out second-hand! When I made these in college, I had so much fun treasure hunting for the perfect patterns and fabric at thrift stores. Wash it of course! You don’t have to use a pillowcase though. Any sturdy 100% cotton fabric will do. However, a pillowcase is already sewn on three sides for you, and has the perfect dimensions for this project.
Durable, thick cotton or polyester thread. Keep in mind that the thread will be fairly visible, so choose something neutral or one that you’ll like with your fabric. Do not use anything metallic.
A sewing machine is ideal. You could also follow these same instructions and sew by hand if needed.
About 8 to 10 cups of dry, uncooked rice grains. We get bulk organic jasmine rice, which has a very pleasant sweet smell. Depending on the final size of your rice pack. (Edit: Substitute some of the rice with flax seeds for an even longer-lasting heat)
Optional: Essential oils. Relaxing, therapeutic lavender essential oil is our go-to! Instead of lavender essential oil, you could try adding dried lavender buds inside the pack.
Project time: About 30-60 minutes, depending on your comfort level and experience with sewing projects.
Create the desired size of your heating pad with your fabric.
Sew three sides of the fabric closed ( can’t add rice if it’s not holding and just falling everywhere. That will be quite the mess.
Add your rice. The amount of rice you use will vary depending on the size of your heating pad.
After you have your rice's filled sew up the last side of your heating pad.
To heat up your heating pad, place in the microwave for 2 to 3 mins.
Test the heating pad before just grabbing it to feel the heat so you avoid getting burned.
To use as a cold pack:
Store the rice pack inside the freezer to create a soothing cold pack! My favorite use for these rice packs in the summertime is to cool down hot skin when I feel a sunburn coming on, or to place inside our bed a few minutes before we tuck in on hot nights. Unlike most other cold packs, I find these rice cold packs have a cooling effect for several hours in bed! Even though they’re relatively heavy, I bring them with me when we travel to hot locations like Hawaii. They’re just that good.