Cuddly Animal Heating Pad





Introduction: Cuddly Animal Heating Pad

Here is a new pal, Squidley!

Simply throw this cute little aquatic fella into the microwave for 1-2 minutes and use as a heating pad for sore muscles or to warm up a cold bed. Throw it in the freezer for an hour or two and use as an ice pack for bumps and bruises. Great for kids!

If you don't have the time to make your own, buy one at

Step 1: What You Need

What you need:

Fabric (I used felt for this but found cotton works better)
Pen (For drawing shapes)
Long grain white rice (do NOT use instant rice)
Sewing machine/ needle and thread
Fabric glue (optional)
piece of paper (optional)

Step 2: Tracing

Trace the shape of the desired animal onto the fabric. Trace two of the main animal shape for the front and the back. Don't forget to also trace any decorations such as eyes.

Step 3: Cut

Cut out all the pieces that you need.

Step 4: Sew on Decorations

Sew on all the decorations the to front piece. It helps to have the matching colors for each piece. Cut off all the loose threads.

Step 5: Sewing

Align the fabric so that the right sides are together. This means all the decorations are on the inside. Sew along the edges. Leave a small opening to turn the fabric right side out.

Step 6: Turn

Turn the fabric right side out, through the gap. Push out any small parts (Such as Suquidley's legs).

Step 7: Fill

Fill with the rice. Again, do NOT use minute rice, it will burn in the microwave. If you have trouble filling through the gap use a piece of paper to funnel the rice. Be careful not to overfill, this will pop the seams and make your new animal friend too big.

Step 8: Finishing

Slipstitch the gap closed and you are ready to use your animal heating pad!



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    Adorable critter. I may have to make one to use in my practice. Oh, and about the moisture with the heating pad--that's a good thing. I'm a massage therapy student, and my hydrotherapy instructor taught us that we're always supposed to use moist heat anyway; it's both more comfortable and more effective at soothing sore muscles than dry heat, and keeps the heating pad from dehydrating the muscle tissue. Also, always wrap your heating/ice pack in a towel. You don't want it directly against your skin, as that can cause damage.

    I've just bought some ceramic pie weights for the same type of project, I understand they'll eliminate all concerns of hygiene and odor.

    this is a cool project. me and my dad r going to go to michaels to get the supplies. thanks!

    microwave + glass =



    timer bomb+red wire=FUN!!!!!

    what? glass is microwaveable

    ps gasoline+matches=fun :D

    this is very smart! I actualy have an outdoor playhouse and this would be perfect for heating up in the winter and cooling down in the summer.

    I read somewhere that when heating rice bags like this you're supposed to spritz it with water so the rice won't dry out too much and disintegrate. I made some for Christmas about 8 years ago and dampen my rice bags and they're still going strong. I took some inexpensive pillow cases, cut in half lengthwise, sewed a seam up the cut part, filled with rice and sewed up the open end. Mine were not at all as cute as the rice squidy shown in this instructable but took a lot less work!

    Wow, I didn't know about such a thing!

    I read somewhere you should use buckwheat for a filler. It is least likely to combust and I guess, least likely put out moisture as well. They are great for sore muscles, and this one has given me an appetite for some deep fried squid.

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    Buckwheat is the other popular filler, as well as corn. For me, the rice is easier to find and makes this an inexpensive project!

    Cute! I actually made something like this without character last year. It is just like a pillow filled with rice, but works great with a quick run in the microwave. One question though: I find that it is often outputting a sort of moist heat due to some moisture in the rice. Does yours do that?

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    The rice does put out moisture, and the felt I originally made this with is really bad about letting the moisture out. Thicker fabrics do help although I don't mind some moisture.

    I'm thinking a rice-filled sock monkey would be pretty cool. I have a couple of these (well, just "pillows" basically, not characters) that I've used for years. They're great. The rice does tend to absorb some moisture, though.