A Rice Bag to Keep You Toasty Warm

Free Rice Bag Pattern from Shiny Happy World

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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!




  1. Roxy3555 SAYS...

    Yay, gonna try this tonight!

  2. Jusa SAYS...

    I like this idea, especially the addition of spices. I have actually made a simple one of these for myself, but what bothers me is washing it. I feel compelled to wash it from time to time, especially if it has been used for someone under the weather. I also don’t want to snuggle up with one that’s been used to warm my feet (and they do get sooooo cold in the winter). I haven’t thought of an easy way to empty the rice so it can be washed, and would there be residual rice dust that would then get gummy when washed? I guess the answer is an outer cover, and not to bother emptying the rice out of the bag. Or maybe cylindrical fine mesh bags for the rice that might slide in and out. Anybody have any thoughts on this?

  3. Laura SAYS...

    Hi! I was wondering, does the fabric need to be 100% cotton? I am hoping to make some of these for Christmas gifts!! Thanks so much!

  4. Janeen SAYS...

    What type of fabric would be best? I’m also planning on making the monster cover. This is going to be a great Christmas gift for my kids!! πŸ™‚

    • I usually use regular woven cotton for the rice bag itself, and fur for the outer cover.

  5. I did’t see where you put the vicksvaporrub. In the rive or how much. I want to make this for my family.

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