The other day I found myself wishing I had a heating pad to help relieve some pain that I was dealing with. Growing up, my mom had a microwavable heating pad filled with rice that she had purchased. It wasn’t in my budget to go out and buy a heating pad. With a newborn at home I didn’t want to make an unplanned trip to the store anyway, but I thought making a heating pad myself couldn’t be too hard. Fortunately, I was right.
The heating pad took about five minutes to make and works just like my mom’s store bought one! All you need is a large sock, rice, a needle and thread. I found a spare fuzzy sock to use. Any large sock should work.
DIY Microwavable Heating Pad Instructions:
1. Fill a large sock 2/3 full with rice. (All I had on hand was brown rice, but next time I will use white rice since it’s cheaper)
3. Sew the top together.
4. Microwave for one minute. If it is not hot enough, microwave in 30 second increments until it reaches the desired heat.
5. Apply to sore muscles and enjoy!
I love that this could easily become a DIY gift for others by replacing the sock with decorative material. You can find a great tutorial on how to make a more elaborate heating pack at wellnessmama.com using purchased material, old pillowcases or blankets. Find the tutorial here.
I need to do this! I bet you could add some essential oils to make it smell really yummy!
I haven’t really used something like this before but it sounds like a pretty good idea! I’ll keep it in mind!
I watched my mom use one for years before I tired one. It’s amazing what a difference it makes! 🙂
This is such a great idea! Never thought about using socks (so soft). Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday:-)
Farber @ Heating Pads
I am always looking for inexpensive, useful items to make. These hot pads to sew up for the body aches are a lot cuter than hot water bottles. I keep several heating pads as I get cold during the winter while I’m on the computer so I pop them into the microwave and put them on my shoulder and back or if I have shoulder pain I use them and my husband also uses them, I would be lost without them.