Hey everyone. It’s Vanessa from Our Thrifty Ideas. I’m excited to be stopping by today to share a really quick & cheap DIY project. This is a perfect project for the winter time, and you even have time to make a whole bunch for last minute neighbor gifts and give them out for Christmas!
Today I’m gonna share how to make a rice heat pad with washcloths. I found a 6 pack at Walmart on black Friday so I stocked up on a bunch. They are still there for like $1.98 so still an awesome price. And as always, buy the cheapest generic rice you can find. This particular project I think I used 2 1/4 lbs per heat pad, but that’s only a few dollars.
Start by placing 2 of the washcloths together lining up each edge. Use a straight stitch with a very close stitch to sew all the way around all 4 edges, but leaving open about 2 inches in one corner. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and then end.
Then create a funnel out of paper (or use a wide mouth funnel) and pour enough rice into the washcloth bag that will make it comfortable and formable. Don’t pack it too tight!
My son recently woke up not feeling well, and all he wanted was to lay on the couch with his blanket and duck pillow, and watch cartoons. But the whole time he kept complaining that he was freezing. So I pulled out the heat pad and warmed it up in the microwave for him. He had one on his feet, one on his back and then laid his head on one! This is now one of his favorite things. I know he’s tired when he requests the warm pack to snuggle with!
When you use them for kids, make sure to test the temperature of the pad before giving it to them. Depending on your microwave, you can heat them for 1-3 minutes. These also are great to stick in the freezer and use as an ice pack, or warm for your sore sore muscles. Thanks so much for letting me stop by
the blog today. Make sure to check out my blog where today I’m sharing another idea for these, toddler hand warmers!
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