These rice-filled heating pads and hand-warmers have made my life so much warmer and better! :) Surviving Wisconsin winters is really tough for me - but these little things make a huge difference. First, once made - all you need to do is throw it in the microwave for a minute or two and you're ready to go! They hold heat for quite a long time!
The small ones are great for pockets and the heating pads have multiple uses (for me anyway)- to warm my freezing hands, to soothe sore joints, to relieve neck pain, stomach aches, to defrost your windshield... and I've also used a little one to unfreeze the lock to my car door. I made a few of them in the past - but really rustic ones which didn't look nice enough to give as a gift to anyone.
So, I decided to upgrade them and make them with a removable fabric layer - so it can be washed easily and it'll last longer. They're very simple to make and I'll take you through the process here.
Step 1: Materials Needed for Rice Heating Pads & Hand Warmers
Snuggle Flannel Fabric - about 1/3 yard per heating pad (full measurements are in the next step)
- Regular Cotton Fabric
- about 1/4 yard per heating pad (full measurements are in the next step)
- hand-warmers each require two pieces of material 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
White Rice - not instant
- about 1/4 yard for the heating pad's removable layer
- hand-warmer's removable layer require a piece of material 4 3/4 inches by 8 inches wide
Sewing Machine Scissors Pins
- 3 1/2-4 cups of rice per heating pad
- 4 1/2 to 5 tablespoons of rice per hand-warmer