DIY Eco-Friendly Heating Pad Mini Hearts | via barley & birch
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Make: Reusable, Eco-friendly Heating Pad Hearts

DIY Eco-Friendly Heating Pad Mini Hearts | via barley & birch

There are some aches and pains that will only get better with a little heat. Growing up, my mom (hi mom!) had an electric heating pad that we’d get to snuggle up with if we needed it. About seven years ago, I had a roommate who swore by her hot water bottle.

DIY Eco-Friendly Heating Pad Mini Hearts | via barley & birch

I discovered a little known trick to making a reusable, eco-friendly heating pad that doesn’t require electricity or carefully filling a bottle with boiling lava-hot water (that part never ends well for me). I made a nice big one for myself, but wanted a few cute little hearts to use with kiddos who need a quick hand warm-up!

DIY Eco-Friendly Heating Pad Mini Hearts | via barley & birch

If you’re sticking with simple a simple square or rectangle and using these for younger kids, you can cover your heating pad with one of our DIY bruise buddies (and wait ’til you see the mini bandaid softies we made to go with them!).

DIY Eco-Friendly Heating Pad Mini Hearts | via barley & birch

To make your own reusable eco-friendly heating pad, you’ll need: 


  • Scrap fabric, preferably flannel, or something of equal thickness.
  • Uncooked rice

DIY Eco-Friendly Heating Pad Instructions:

  1. Cut 2 rectangles or simple shapes from scrap fabric

    Depending on the scrap fabric you have laying around, you can make these as large or small as you need to. Although it’s easiest to cut out two large squares or rectangles, you can also cut out simple shapes, like the smaller hearts we did. The size is up to you and/or what you’re working with. We made ours for minis, so wanted them to be small.

  2. Sew your pieces of fabric together, leaving a small open space to fill

    You can hand sew these using a simple backstitch, or use a sewing machine if you’re making a larger heating pad. Sew three sides and leave one open to fill, just as if you’re making a pillow

  3. Fill with uncooked rice and sew closed

    Fill with uncooked white rice and sew up the small opening in your heating pad.

  4. Microwave to heat

    Microwave for a few seconds, it will stay hot for a pretty long time. I start off with a pretty hot heating pad and it lasts hours.

    NOTE: You’ll want to test this before using it or giving it to a little one. Every microwave is different, and every fabric is different.

Can’t sew and feeling left out? It’s okay! Take an odd sock, fill it halfway with rice, and tie the rest of it in a good, tight, knot.

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