Personalized Bean Bag Warmer




These bean bag warmers are a great alternative to heating pads. They can be used over and over, heat up quickly in the microwave, and there's no wires or plugs to fuss with.

You will need - fabric, sewing supplies, pinto beans or rice

Step 1: Pick Your Fabric

Pick a durable cotton for your bean bag. The fuzzy side of sweatshirts work well. If your fabric is thin, fold it in half to double the strength.

Step 2: Measure and Cut

Your bean bag can be any size or shape. I like square ones and long skinny ones that can hang over my neck. You can measure with a ruler or eyeball it. Make the fabric twice as long as you want it to be to allow to fold it in half (just like making a pillow).

Step 3: Personalize

If you want, the bag can be personalized with an applique. For this bag, I chose an initial. make a paper stencil of your shape. Pin the stencil to a complimenting fabric and cut out the shape. Fold your fabric in half (the way it will look when it is filled) and pin on the applique. Sew on the applique. I used a whip stitch because it was easiest for me. Sew it however you like.

Step 4: Sew the Sides

Inside out the bag. Sew three of the four sides shut (assuming its a square). Turn the bag right side out.

Step 5: Fill

Fill the bag with pinto beans or rice. Don't pack the bag, let there be room for the pieces to shift around. If it is too full it won't be able to contour to your sore muscles or cold feet.

Step 6: Sew the Last Side

Fold over each piece of fabric on the fourth side (put the raw edge into the bag) Pin the pieces together and sew the last side shut.

Step 7: Microwave

Microwave the bag for about one minute (this will differ for microwaves, size of bag, and amount of filling). Enjoy the warmth.



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    1 year ago

    I make mine using denim, cheap, worn out jeans, hold heat very well, regardless of "filling" , I also make small ones, great for DIY, Teething toys


    3 years ago on Step 7

    Great instructions! Simple and to the point! I can't wait to make one!



    I use cherry stones(Cleaned cherry pits) in my bed warmers because they are machine washable  on gentle cycle.  I save and clean all my cherry pits but you can find them for sale online. 

    3 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    Awesome idea. Which meat leads me to another idea making the bag with a pillow case on it so you can remove the case and wash that.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    hi there

    Why not to try

    instead of eating kilos of cherries:)

    I hope it will help.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    love this idea how about some lavender too!! good for helping you get to sleep.i am in england what is feed corn.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice! 

    Feed corn is a great alternative you can use for filling.  It holds heat really well, and it's quite cheap--about $10 for a 50-pound bag.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I've been making heat packs with corn for a few years and they are the best, stay warm almost all night in the bed with me - but i havent tried washing them, so i like the idea of the cherry pits by Tomha-the-cat too - must try that soon.

    The first time I ever saw one of these was at a local craft fair. The couple who sold them said that they used feed corn. The feed corn gives off a pleasant aroma as well as moisture. My experience with pinto beans has given the same result except for the aroma. I even think that the pinto bean bags stay warmer longer. Where could I buy feed corn?


    Many WalMart stores carry feed corn during hunting season. So does Dick's Sporting stores. Agway is where I bought my 50 lb bag for $7.50 (in New Jersey!) Be sure to microwave the corn three times for three minutes. Let cool between heatings. It kills spores and other buggy critters. Also, place a towel around the corn to absorb some of the moisture those for first few heatings. I have filled cotton tube socks with the corn and tucked them into my bed before bedtime...warm, toasty, great. 

    That's true--feed corn does have a distinct aroma!  You can get it at any country-type store that sells animal feed.  However, if you don't live near any rural areas, it might be hard to find.