Heat packs with rice are great for soothing aches and pains — especially lower back pain in pregnancy and labor.
For the simplest version of this homemade heating pad, you can pour a few cups of rice into a tube sock and either sew or tie it shut.
Because I love to sew and have plenty of beautiful fabrics in my craft closet, I decided to make mine a little more stylish. My main purpose for making my rice pillow was to soothe back pain, so I let my back determine the size of the pillow. My pillow stretches across the width of my back just near the waist.
How to Make Your Own Microwavable Heating Pad:
1. Start by laying a piece of reversible fabric on a flat surface. Fold the perimeter of the rectangle twice toward the middle. (You’re basically just rolling over the cut edges so it looks nice and provides a border like on a pillow sham.)
2. Iron the folds flat.
3. Next cut a piece of fabric for the front of the pillow. (I added an extra step here by sewing two different fabrics together — the purple and the printed black and white — just for fun.) The piece should be just a little bigger than the first piece of fabric minus the border. Fold in all the edges, and iron them flat.
4. Now sew this piece to the front of the pillow, leaving one of the shorter sides open. The piece should align with the folded border you created in the first two steps.
5. Next pour rice into the pillow. You can use your own discretion on how much rice to use. The pillow doesn’t need to be bulging with rice to be effective. My rice pack has about 4 cups.
6. Sew the open end of the pillow closed.
7. Now you’re ready to put your rice pillow in the microwave (about 1.5-2 minutes on high), and enjoy as the warmth melts away your aches and pains.