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Quick Homemade Gift: Rice-filled Heat Pack

rice-filled heat pack

This rice heat pack is super simple to make. Slice off a section of the legs of an old pair of jeans, stitch the top and the bottom (leave an opening in one end), fill with rice, and top-stitch to prevent spillage of rice. You can easily make one that is roughly the size of a hot water bottle, and I find that the rice version stays warm a lot longer – and smells pleasantly of freshly-cooked rice! Flannel is a prettier alternative, and plain old quilting cotton works as well. My kids think this makes a nice pillow. I think they’re a little quirky.

On a smaller scale, I love these hand warmers from Frugal Family Fun Blog – and these cute Valentine-themed hand warmers from Stitch/Craft.

Oh, and these make awesome ice packs, too. Rice in a Ziploc bag is great no-sew version (not microwave-safe, mind!)

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

6 thoughts on “Quick Homemade Gift: Rice-filled Heat Pack”

  1. Elisa | blissfulE

    LOL about quirky kids. :) I have some, too! Great quick project, and so useful! I love that it can work cold, too.

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