It’s that time of year when you’re constantly battling the cold to stay warm, both indoors and out. Nothing will help keep you toasty better than an easy homemade heating pad.
You can make them in a variety of sizes to suit your needs, like the neck warmer, foot warmer, and hand warmers shown here. They’re a quick and easy project you’ll be enjoying all winter long — and they also make great gifts!
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• Fabrics of your choosing
• Rice of any kind (you can also use hardened corn kernels)
• Basic sewing materials
• Optional: Cardstock and tape to make a funnel for filling your heating pads
1. Cut your fabrics to the desired size of your heating pad, plus 1/2 inch for the seam allowances. You need two pieces for each heating pad. The size possibilities are endless, as long as it will fit in your microwave! Here are the sizes I used for my homemade heating pads:
Foot warmer: 15×8 inches (cut 15 1/2×8 1/2 inches)
Neck warmer: 18×4 inches (cut 18 1/2×4 1/2 inches)
Hand warmer: 4-inch square (cut 4 1/2-inch square)
2. Line up the two fabrics with right sides facing and pin together along all sides. Stitch together using 1/4-inch seam allowances, leaving a couple inches open for turning and stuffing.
3. Snip off the corners, then turn the heating pad right side out and iron the seams, including the open area.
4. Fill with rice. I made a simple funnel out of cardstock and tape to make this part easier. You want the heating pad to be fairly full but still floppy enough to drape over your feet, neck, etc.
5. Slip stitch the opening shut, ideally using a thread color that matches your fabric.
6. Heat up your pads in the microwave, experimenting with times depending on the size of your heating pad and strength of your microwave. My hand warmers only took a couple minutes while the foot warmer took five.
7. Enjoy the toasty warmth!