Rice Bag - free sewing pattern

Stitch up this easy rice bag and pop it in the microwave whenever you need a little warmth.

Make one for yourself – and lots more for gifts.

Download the FREE pattern here.

Update! I posted instructions to turn this into a Vicks VapoRub scented rice bag here. Use that version to help soothe a cough and clear a stuffy nose. And be sure to download the free monster rice bag cover pattern too! The link is in the same post. :-)

What you’ll need

  • 2 squares of fabric – each 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″
  • 2 1/2 cups rice or other filler
  • scented mix-ins – optional
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • basic sewing tools
  • an hour or less


Super easy! Just a few straight lines and all machine work! Plus the pattern has links to videos teaching you all the skills you’ll need.

sewing 1

In the cold hemisphere you can use your rice bag to stay toasty warm. Heat it for one minute (or a little more) in the microwave. Use it as a foot warmer when you go to bed at night. Or lay it on your chest when you have a cold. Drape it around your neck if you’ve spent too long at the sewing machine. :-)

In the warm hemisphere – don’t save this project for next winter! In the summertime my daughter likes to keep hers in the freezer to pull out whenever she needs a quick cool-off. Drape the cold bag around your neck on a hot day for instant bliss.

Happy stitching!