Picture of Warm Rice Bag
All of us know it's hard to keep warm in the cold winter months. This Instructable will show you how to make a rice bag that you can hold - on your lap, over your feet/ankles, across your neck, anywhere you're cold. They can also be used to heat away aches and pains.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
You will need:
Fabric (about a 10x10 square - or whatever size you want, but I made a 10x10)
Rice or Corn (not popcorn)
Container to Pour Rice With (optional)
Sewing machine (technically optional, but I wouldn't recommend sewing these without it - your filling will be everywhere)

Do you use a certain amount of rice or just to a good fill level? Also, can you freeze these?

I have several large rice bags for sore muscles. Been heating and reheating for years. Earlier this week, I
made a small one, with brown rice, for applying Jamberry nails. After a
few times in the microwave, it started smoking. Cut it open and the
rice was burned and blackened. What the heck! Ever happen to you?

AmandaT110 months ago

My friends made me one for Christmas one year. They used hand towels. Works great. I nuke mine for 70 seconds. Works great, and last hours.

rocketman73 years ago
Works well! How long to heat it?
Hello Kitty (author)  rocketman73 years ago
Probably about 2 minutes. Depending on your microwave, you will probably have to tweak the time by 30 seconds. But on 4 or 5 different microwaves, microwave time for me has always been between one minute and thirty seconds (1:30) and two minutes and thirty seconds (2:30). Of course, if you microwave more than one rice bag at a time, you will need to double that. :)
Okay Thanks!
Hello Kitty (author)  rocketman73 years ago
mferber883 years ago
I've made a few of these and found that barley works very well and doesn't lead to moisture as some rice does. There's also no smell as with corn. Also, I sewed "sections" about 2 inches from the top & bottom so that the filling doesn't shift from one end to the other but it can move from section to section through top/bottom. Just thought I'd pass on! They're great and a very nice gift!
sunshiine4 years ago
brabantia5 years ago
 So pretty! How long does it keep?
Hello Kitty (author)  brabantia5 years ago
Generally several years - until you bust it, burn it, or it starts looking really mangy. That's one of the reasons we (my family and I) started using rice. It's harder to burn it and it doesn't smell as bad.
Thx! I've used cherry pips and olive pips in the past but will give rice a try. Seems to be less fussy. (with the pips, you have to collect, clean and dry them first)
b1russell5 years ago
OK!  I've just got to incorporate this into the mittens I'm making!  Oooh, yeah!  Micro-mittens!  No more frost-bitten fingers!  Gotta love it.  Thanks, kitty.
jkoski5 years ago
oatmeal also works, and smells good... just a thought ;]
islegirl5 years ago
I've made these as well and they're great! I also recommend using rice instead of corn as the corn smell is pretty strong when heated up. What I also do is sew channels into the bag so the rice is evenly distributed. They make great gifts too!