How To Sew A Rice Heating Pad For Sore Muscles

How To Sew A Rice Heating Pad For Sore Muscles | DIY Joy Projects and Crafts Ideas

Image credit: Hello Sewing via YouTube


Have sore muscles due to too much tension and stress? You can easily relieve and relax it with the help of a warm heating pad that is sure to soothe the pain! This heating pad by Hello Sewing is filled with rice and can be reused. So save your money and just make this on your own using only 2 fabrics and basic sewing tools.



  • 9 x 23” front fabric, 100% cotton
  • 9 x 23” back fabric, 100% cotton or soft cotton fleece
  • 6 cups of uncooked rice, for filling (you can also use other organic fillers such as corn, beans or flaxseed)
  • Cotton thread
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and a cutting mat
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing clips or pins
  • Sewing machine


Step 1

Cut two pieces of fabric at 9*23″ (one for the front and one for the back), you can use the same fabric or use two different colors. Remember, everything that goes in the microwave should be made of 100% cotton, or there is a risk of a fire hazard. Use your best judgment and never heat up a heating pad in the microwave without supervision. Lay the fabrics together with their right sides facing, then pin or clip them around together making sure to leave a 3-inch opening on one of the shorter sides for turning later, and stitch them around backstitching on each side of the opening to lock the seams. Trim the corners at a 45-degree angle, then turn the piece right side out, and poke the corners nicely. Fold in the raw edges of the opening, so that they are flush with the seam, then pin the opening, and press the whole heating pad nicely.

Easy To Sew Rice Heating Pad
Image credit: Hello Sewing via YouTube


Step 2

Fold the heating pad in half matching the short edges, and press to create a crease, unfold, then fold in the sides so that the short edges are meeting in the middle, and press to create another crease. Mark or pin the division of the heating pad’s 4 compartments, then fill the first compartment with approximately 1½ cups of rice using a paper funnel inserted into the heating pad’s opening. Hold the heating pad up vertically so that all rice falls down in the first compartment, then sew the first compartment close by stitching along the marked or pinned area, and proceed to fill the next compartment following the same process until you’ve filled all four compartments. Sew the gap close with a ladder or invisible stitch, then fold the rice-filled heat pad in half, and pop it up in the microwave. Heat in a microwave for 1-2 minutes, then place over the sore area and enjoy warm heat.

Rice Heating Pad Sewing Tutorial
Image credit: Hello Sewing via YouTube


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How To Sew A Rice Heating Pad For Sore Muscles

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