Bless your kids with cute and cuddly cozies to keep them warm this winter. Create a charming and practical gift out of fabric scraps and a pantry staple, thanks to this tutorial from Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy.
When I saw these adorable rice-filled heating pads on Pinterest last year, I knew I had to try them. They’re simple to make, use up lots of fabric scraps, and are truly one-of-a-kind. Last year, I gave my 4 kids each a personalized owl in their stocking, and they’ve used them just about every night since.
I made my heating pads in the shape of owls. Aren’t they cute? You could make these in any shape you choose: circle, square, heart, rectangle, and you could piece your fabric in any design you’d like to delight your recipient. Use up your scraps to save more money and reduce waste.
Consider this tutorial a leaping off point.
What you need to make a rice-filled heating pad:
- A pattern: draft your own or download this one from Etsy for $5
- Fabric scraps for the body
- Felt scraps for the owl’s face
- Fusible interfacing or fleece
- Sewing machine, needle, thread
- Rice (DO NOT use Minute Rice)
How to make an owl rice heating pad:
- Cut your pieces.
- Fuse the interfacing/fleece to the underside of the front piece.
- Use a zigzag stitch on the machine to sew the heart piece to the owl’s body.
- Next, lay out the felt for the owl’s face. When satisfied, sew down the felt using a zig-zag stitch on the machine (or sew down the felt by hand, like I did).
- Using a zig-zag stitch, sew down the felt pieces.
- Pin right sides together, and sew the owl front to owl back (like you were making a pillow, leaving a 3-inch opening.
- Turn owl right-side-out.
- Fill halfway with rice.
- Handsew the opening shut.
To use these heating pads, pop them in the microwave for about a minute so they’re nice and toasty. Enjoy!
Note from Jessica: Five years ago, I made these for each of our kids. Neither my sewing skills nor my patience are as refined as Anne’s, so I made simple rectangles in my kids’ preferred fabric designs. They were a hit. And now they all want new ones again this year! These truly are a fabulous gift to give. I filled ours with extra clean feed corn, so if you’ve got that lying around, you can use that. 😉
– Anne Bogel loves strong coffee, long books, and big ideas. She puts a timely spin on timeless women’s issues at her blog Modern Mrs Darcy. Head here to get her free guide Paper Gains: A Guide to Gifting Children Great Books from Modern Mrs Darcy.
This is part of the DIY on a Dime: Great Gifts series. For more easy and frugal gift ideas, check out the list.