Crafts,  Sewing

DIY Rice Heat Therapy Bags

I was inspired by Little Birdie Secrets to sew rice heat therapy bags; however, I made some modifications to the instructions.

  1. I made the rice bag out of cotton muslin which does well in the microwave.
  2. My rice mixture (brown rice) includes a few drops of lavender essential oil. I found this oil in the soap making section of Michaels. It is likely available at other craft stores. It may also be available at health food stores like Whole Foods. I poured the amount of rice needed for the bag into a bowl and then I added a few drops of oil and stirred it well. Don’t overdo the oil.
  3. I made pillow cases for the rice bag. If the rice bag is going to be used for heat therapy or to toast one’s feet, I thought it would be a good idea to have a washable cover. I selected cotton fabric as a precaution. If someone puts the entire thing (bag and cover) in the microwave accidentally, you don’t want a fabric that is flammable (e.g., polyester fleece).
  4. I tested the bag in the microwave and discovered that ONE MINUTE makes the bag plenty hot! This may vary if you make large bags. Be sure to test. It’s better to start the bag at one minute and to increase time in 20-second increments if necessary.

I am pairing this gift with a pair of hand-knitted socks and a jar of homemade sugar scrub for a complete gift package.

Sew Rice Heat Therapy BagsI’ve made gift tags which you can download.

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  • Gracie

    We love these at our house. Incidentally, my husband also uses them as telescope mount weights on windy nights, near the base of the tripod. 🙂

    I used to always make them out of clean dishrags sewn as pillow pockets, but these days, we’ve learned to save odd tube socks that have no mates — you just fill one with rice, tie a big knot in one end, and then slide it into a second mate-less tube sock for the “pillowcase.” Takes all the stitchwork out! Obviously, these more “ghetto” versions are just for our own home use, and any gifting would still be stitched like you mentioned above, but I thought you might like knowing about some of the other solutions out there. Or maybe that you can go into double business selling them as telescope mount weight bags. LOL.

    Thanks for the great post! I’ll check back in on your blog in the future!


    Also, we learned that to combat that burning rice smell that sometimes builds up over time, you can sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon or dry coffee grounds in with the rice to begin with.