Did you know it’s so easy to make your own heat pack?

See instructions below for a step-by-step guide to making your own heat pack today:

DIY heat pack

What you’ll need:

  • Fabric
  • Cotton and needle or a sewing machine
  • Rice
  • Essential oil (optional)


  1. Decide what size you want your heat pack to be and cut out fabric to suit, adding 1/2 inch for the seam.
  2. Place right sides of fabric facing together and sew edges, leaving a 2 inch hole.
  3. Turn your fabric the right way and fill bag 3/4 with rice.
  4. Sew hole shut.
  5. Sprinkle a few drops of essential oil on bag if you wish.
  6. Heat and enjoy! The rectangular one takes 3-4 minutes to heat in the microwave. The time will vary depending on the size of your heat pack and your microwave so trial it to suit you.

It’s getting the perfect weather here to sit and enjoy a heat pack in the evenings and these would also make really lovely gifts to give.

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  • Hmmm, not so sure about making my own. Wouldn’t the rice be likely to catch on fire? I know the wheat packs recomnend you put a small cup of water in microwave with the pack to avoid damage. This one doesn’t seem to give same warning


  • wow – never knew it could be so simple


  • yeah these would make great gifts especially in care packs for un-well friends


  • I actually made one of these before and apparently I did it right so yay for that :)


  • So simple! a perfect project to do on a weekend. Gives me an idea to make a small one for my daughter instead of paying $15…this will cost only a few dollars and can be made to suit your own needs.


  • It’s that time of year again – frosty, blustering wind outside. Would love to try out my new sewing machine with a simple project like this


  • easy and cute idea, pity I cant sew


  • Thanks for the creative project. Love heat packs and they work well when instructions are followed on heat times and safety.


  • How amazing! And so simple. Thank you very much.


  • I’m not a crafty person, but surely even I could make these. I do love a heat pack and have a number of them in my home. What a great gift idea, too.


  • Sounds so simple to make. I’ll have to make some of these for myself and friends. Great idea as Christmas gifts I think. Better start making them now.


  • Nice idea but like moms have already mentioned be “FIRE SAFE” .
    Wheat, rice what ever be aware!
    Video for fire dangers with rice heat bags▶ 1:40
    Feb 23, 2011 – Uploaded by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service WSFRS
    FIRE SERVICE FILM HIGHLIGHTS WHEAT BAG DANGER West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has teamed …


  • i LOVE THIS Idea. I think these would make a great gift also


  • I thing this is a great idea for Mums to help kiddies make for gifts. I think they would be a great idea for Father’s day presents at school fetes too!


  • I sent one of these to my Mum when she was under going Chemo. Chemo makes you feel very cold and she was just skin and bone so felt the cold even in the middle of Summer. She loved her heat pack. When she passed away I kept the heat pack…I feel like when I use it that im sharing Mums warmth if that makes sense.


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