The Easiest DIY Heat Pack Ever (Tried and True)

Are you as cold as I am? If where you live is as cold is as where I live, this tutorial will help you a lot to stay warm. I made these 2 as gifts for friends back in Bogotá since it’s old most of the year there! You won’t believe how easy it is and it doesn’t require for you to be expert at sewing. This is the easiest DIY Heat Pack you will ever make!!! Either if it’s for yourself or as a gift you will have it done in about 20 minutes.

The Easiest DIY Heat Pack Ever

The Easiest DIY Heat Pack Ever

You may have endless ways of doing this project. I found this one the easiest but as you might know, imagination is the limit. This project is something that would make a perfect and thoughtful gift during winter or if the you live is mostly cold.

You only need fabric, ribbon and rice, besides thread and a sewing machine. Though, I think this is something you might be able to hand sew as well. Anyway, have a few scraps of fabric you can make this. Also the size is what you want it to be.

I just love this and the best part a couple minutes in the microwave and you will have quite some time of warmth. I love putting on my laps while watching TV or close to my hands while I’m the computer. It’s just awesome.

Wanna learn how to make The Easiest DIY Heat Pack Ever???

Let’s go!


  • Your favourite fabrics. I used 2 different ones, one for each side.
  • Ribbon {fabric matching color}
  • Regular rice
  • Large funnel
  • of course thread and sewing machine.

First cut your fabric in the desire size. Mine was 30×15 cm {12X6 Inches}

Then putting together both pieces right sides together, mark your layout. I left 1cm from the edge on each side and marked lines every 7 cm {2.75 In}. This will make the rice pockets.

Or course this will be only for reference you will see why in a bit.

Cut a string of ribbon about double the length of your heat pack. Fold in half.

Place it in between both fabrics lengthwise about in the middle of one of the short sides. Pin in place.

Stitch along the sides leaving one long side open.

Turn it right side out. Press.

This where I was talking about reference. Your lines are now inside but you can make a few dashes so you know where to stitch.

Fold your open side edges inwards to make a hem. Pin in place. I do this because it’s easier to fill each pocket and then stitch them close later.

Stitch each pockets lines.

Cut all the remaining threads.

Using a large funnel fill 3/4 of each pocket with rice.

Using a pin, Close each pocket really close to the top of the rice. Sorry I completely forgot to take a picture of this step. But once you have filled a pocket just press all the rice down press closing the pocket right where the rice is and pin. This is only to make it easy to stitch close the heat pack.

When you are done filling the pockets and pinning each one, just stitch along the edge.

Remove the pins and let the rice spread.

Roll the heat pack and tie it with your ribbon and make a cute bow.

There you go!

I even made some others in different colors!

It’s super easy, quick to make and so, so awesome to stay warm.

Hope you enjoy today’s tutorial and that you got inspired to make your own.

If you like this project, you might love these too: How to make a Duvet cover Set for Girls? Also learn how to make cute pillowcases too!

Till Next time!

My name is Camila Rojas but everyone call me Cami. I'm a mommy, blogger, baker, do it yourselfer, crafter and graphic designer. Owner and founder of The Crafting Nook {formerly TitiCrafty} and TCN Design Studio: web design for bloggers. Join me on my crazy adventures!

7 Comments on " The Easiest DIY Heat Pack Ever (Tried and True) "

  1. Camila

    Love this pattern! I’m quickly sewing some up now for Christmas Presents. How long should you microwave the heat pack for approx? I wanted to add a cute tag that has instructions ;)

    1. Camila

      Thank you so much. It will definitely depend on the size you make it. This one takes about 2 minutes (it also depends on the Microwave power). I would suggest starting with one minute and then heat 30 sec batches until you like the temperature. I made these as gifts and my dad told me he usually puts 2 min on his mic and it has lasted for over 2 years. I’ll probably have to change the rice for him soon LOL.

      Hope this helps.

  2. Camila

    I don’t have a microwave. How am I supposed to heat this?

    1. Camila

      Hi Deanna,

      Thank you for stopping by. My dear, the answer is easy, Don’t make This particular heat pack. As you can see, it’s a tutorial to make these and of course the people likely to make them are those who have microwave or to give away as a gift. It’s completely up to each person. Hope this helps!


  3. Camila

    Hey there! I loved these heat packs, they’re adorable and really easy to make (and they’re pretty useful for relieving cramps).

  4. Camila

    Hi, I opened a different browser and was able to copy and paste easier. Thank you for all of the cute projects and everything!! Great fun and great site!

  5. Camila

    Hi!! Great post! I would love to print, but find no easy way to do it. Tried “copy” but am having a hard time copying to paste in different program. Any ideas!! I like to have a visual on paper to do this, even though it i pretty much self explanatory! Thank you!

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