Make Your Own Heating Pad (Scented with Essential Oils)

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Here is a super simple DIY perfect for this time of year- Make Your Own Heating Pad (Scented with Essential Oils).These heating pads would make an excellent homemade holiday gift! You can totally make these on the cheap and you do NOT need a sewing machine.


What You Need:


Rice (uncooked)

Essential Oil(s)

Scissors & Sewing Supplies

Spoon & Bowl



Step 1

Cut fabric into 2 squares of equal size. The size is a matter of personal preference.


Step 2

Stack fabric squares print side in.


Step 3

Carefully sew around the edges leaving a small opening (about 2 inches)


Step 4

Turn fabric outside in.


Step 5

Add essential oil(s) to uncooked rice. (The amount of rice depends on the size of your heating pad and the amount of scent is a matter of personal preference). I used lavender because I love that scent.


Step 6

Fill bag with scented rice mixture.


I filled my bag almost full.


Step 7

Close the bag.


Vóila (Wah-la)! You have an adorable heating pad. You can make them any size you like!

I did hand sew my heating bag while I was watching TV…so I was distracted…it took me about 30 minute to complete.

Pop in the microwave and heat in 20 seconds increments until you achieve the level of heat you desire. Remember to use caution as this bag can get HOT!

*I chose flame resistant materials. Reader Katie recommended sticking with natural fabric like cotton or cotton flannel. Remember all fabric is flammable if heated to a high enough temperature. I always heat in small 20 seconds bursts while I am watching the microwave. I never microwave my heating pad unattended.

The homemade heating pad will retain the heat for quite a while.


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This post is for entertainment purposes only. Remember, this DIY project should be done by an adult. Use caution when handling hot materials. Keep out of reach of small children and animals. This Blog is not responsible for results.

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  1. says

    This is so cute! And I love your photos. I have a friend that swears by her electric heating pad, but I wonder if she’d actually use (and like!) this adorable little gift. I just might have to try it out!

  2. says

    I love this! I have an old heating pad my mom made for me years ago and I’ve been thinking of updating it for a while! This is so cute, I will have to make one soon! Thank you for sharing!

  3. says

    What a great idea for the winter. Can’t wait to make a couple for myself. Pinning this. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

      • Katie says

        I discovered recently that any fabric or thread NOT made of cotton is flammable in the microwave if heated to a high enough temp. You should use flannel (which is usually 100% cotton) or another 100% cotton fabric and 100% cotton thread to make this! Just wanted to pass the info along. Also, my personal preference is to only use a couple drops of the essential oil… I put so much in the first one I made that I felt like I was suffocating!!

        Merry Christmas!!! 🙂

        • says

          Hi Katie. Good advice. I think any material will burn if it gets hot enough. I think folks are wise to use a flame resistant fabrics and microwave for small increments of time while watching the entire process. Thank you for the recommendation I will add that to the post.

          I agree. It depends on the scent and strength of your oil. I found with Peppermint a little goes a long way.

          Thank you! Merry Christmas to you as well! 🙂 -Jessica

  4. Bee says

    Hi! I was wondering how much essential oil you used? I was going to invest in some really good essential oil but I wanted to know how much I would need before shelling out the money! I would make my heating pad maybe a 1’6″ by 8″.

    • says

      Hi Bee,

      The amount of oil depends on the scent and personal preference. (For example, I can only stand a few drops of peppermint oil) You just have to give it the ol sniffer test. I would say you are looking in the ballpark of 10 drops….give or take. I hope you give the project a try. It was a lot of fun. 🙂 -Jessica

  5. Katrina says

    I think flax would be a bit better than rice it wouldn’t dry out quite as fast plus the water content in the flax would offer a moist heat. This is a cute, fast and easy project I’m definitely going to have to make one for myself.

  6. Edlaine says

    Hi Jessica
    Has anyone ever tried freezing your rice heating bag?? I’d like it to be dual purpose since my husband likes cold and I like heat. Sounds super simple to make…will have to give it a try.
    And by the way…I love your website. Found it thru Pinterest and will definitely come back to it.

  7. harley says

    This is absolutely adorable and great for a Christmas gift in the winter.
    I was wondering where you happened to get the fabric?

  8. Melanie says

    Hey! I found this cute little craft on Pinterest, Of course!! Well I’m a bit of a dummy… I have NEVER sewed anything in my life. lol. So I was wondering if there were any alternative ways to “make the bags”.. like Velcro maybe?? idk! thanks so much in advance!! 😉

  9. Melanie says

    Hey! I found this awesome craft on Pinterest, of course!! I would LOOOVE to make these, but unfortunately I have NEVER sewed a thing in my life.. lol
    So I was wondering if there was an alternative to actually making the bags? Velcro maybe?? Thanks so much in advance!! 🙂

    • says

      Hi Melanie,

      I do not know how velcro does with heat and the microwave. I just hand sewed my bags. I don’t know how to use a machine either. 🙂 It was really easy and didn’t take too long. Good Luck! -Jessica

  10. Leighanna says

    Hi. I love this idea! Could you tell me approximately how much essential oil you used and about how long the fragrance lasts? Does the brand make a huge difference? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Leighanna. I don’t recall the amounts. Whenever I use essential oil it just depends on the potency of the particular oil. I don’t know if there is a variance from brand to brand, but there is from scent to scent. I always go with personal preference. My oldest son wanted the heating pad so I gave it to him and I have no idea regarding it’s current whereabouts or I would see if it was still scented since it has been about a year since I made this. It should last a while. Thanks for the comment. Have a great day! -Jessica

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