Tutorial – Rice Warmer

I’m sure I’m not alone in getting horrid awful backache every month with that special girly time.

Well this is my little helper to make it more bearable. Usually a really hot bath will help but if you have stuff to do you can’t languish in the bath all day!

This is good for at home. I use snap to heat packs if I have to go out.


  • Fat Quarter – Cut a piece 13 in x 22 in. You should be able to make 2 from one piece.
  • One muslin square cut length ways in two. 25 in x 12 in
  • A strip of coordinating fabric or patchwork 13 in x 6 in
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Thread/Embroidery Floss
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • 3 yards/2.5 metres of ribbon
  • Button
  • Rice 1 pack
  • 1/2 litre Jug or bottle
  • Lavender or other fragrance oil


  • Sewing Machine (duh lol)
  • Iron
  • Measuring 1/2 cup/100ml spoon

Before you start.

The night before if you can, add a few drops of esential oil to a cotton wool ball and drop in a container filled with your rice

Start with the muslin insert

  1. Make sure your muslin is washed and pressed well.
  2. Fold length ways and press again right sides together
  3. Sew a 1/4 inch seam or as close to the edge as you like on 2 sides back tracking at beginning and end
  4. Turn right side out.
  5. This part in italics is optional. You can just dump all your rice in, I won’t tell.  Mark intervals of about 2.5 inches on the muslin
  6. Take the rice you perfumed already with fragrance oil (you may want to do this over night in a tin or bottle)
  7. pour 1/2 a cup/100mls into the muslin insert, pin and sew along the closest marked line, back track at each end. Be sure to pin as close to the rice as possible to prevent it travelling up as you are trying to sew. You should have 10-11 of these.
  8. Seam the top and set to one side

The cover:

  1. Join the two pieces together as shown with a 1/4 inch seam.
  2. Fold a 1/4 inch on the smaller piece, press, fold again press. Seam close to the edges of each fold.
  3. Fold wrong sides together and press.
  4. Open out your piece. Find the middle of the left half and create a button hole in the lip suitable for your button.
  5. Now get out your ribbon and cut in half. Mark with a pin 7 inches in on each piece.
  6. On the right side of your piece measure 1.25 inches from the edge and 3/4 of an inch from the centre fold and mark, top and bottom with pins
  7. Also measure 3/4? of an inch in from each end and mark.

Adding the ribbon

  1. Lay your ribbon on top of the piece using the pins either side as guides, 1.25 inches in from one side 3/4 inch from the center fold. Make sure the marked 7 inches of ribbon fall on the same side and flush with the end of the piece.
  2. Sew the ribbon on box stitching at each end and remembering to leave the margins.
  3. Pin the ribbons inside the piece and fold right sides together.
  4. Sew a 1/2 inch seam along both raw ends.
  5. Turn, push corners out and press well
  6. Add your button to the inside lip
  7. Put the muslin rice insert inside and try it on for size!

Using it

First off you can heat up just the insert or the whole thing providing all the materials you used are microwave safe.

DO NOT wash the insert, it’s rice, it will cook lol.

CAUTION: don’t over heat or you may burn yourself or others. Don’t leave the microwave unattended, check at regular intervals.

That said: I place mine in the microwave for 1 min 30 secs 900 watt. Adjust accordingly for your own wattage. To wear, place on back or front and tie at side, crossing ribbons if you wish. It can be worn under clothes. It will stay warm for around half an hour and is infinetely reheatable really. You can also tie it round or over limbs as a heat pack.

I lost mine in the moving and now we have no microwave so pointless making another!

If you make this please let me know! I’d love to see.


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