Rice Bag Feet Warmer

    Posted by  ·  July 22, 2010
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    Today Vanessa of V & CO. shows us how to make a useful and I am sure to be much appreciated gift – a heated foot warmer. It is also perfect to sooth a stiff neck or sore back! You will want to visit her shop for some lovely patterns for handmade gifts.

    Vanessa writes…

    this would be
    a perfect holiday gift for neighbors, friends, or teachers.
    it’s fast it’s cheap and essential for
    the cold weather!

    what you’ll need:
    one bag of rice (i used a 1 lb 12 oz bag) one fat quarter of muslin and one fat
    quarter of really cute fabric. (this particular fabric is moda)

    first you are going to cut two 14 x 7 inches rectangles
    out of your muslin (this will be your rice bag)

    sew together along three sides of your muslin pieces using
    a 1/4 seam allowance.

    turn it inside out and fill it with the whole bag of rice.

    fold in the raw edge in on itself and sew shut. your rice bag
    is done, so put it aside. now lets start working on your cover.

    grab your super cute fabric and cut out three different
    rectangles. one at 14 x 7 the second one at 10 x 7 and the third one at 8 x 7

    now the two smaller rectangles are the back so you are
    going to fold over 1/4 inch once (on one of the 7 inch side) and press with an

    then fold over again for the second time and press with an
    iron. do the same to the second small rectangle.

    next sew along your folded fabric so that you end up with
    two nice finished edges

    place right sides together

    make sure you pin down all three pieces

    and sew along all four sides together using a 1/4 inch
    seam allowance.

    turn inside out and stuff the muslin rice bag inside your
    slip cover.
    to heat it up you will need to place it in a microwave on hi for about 1 minute.
    check it and make sure it’s not too hot. if you need it a little warmer…place it in there for a few seconds more.just make sure it doesn’t get too hot that it will burn the skin!!!
    and now your toe’s can be all nice and toasty in style and
    it’s so darn cute that it’ll even look good hanging out on your night table!

    thanks all for letting me come over today! please check out all my other tutorials and patterns for sale!

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    1. Thursday, October 29th, 2015
      Re: rice bag instructions do I use instant rice or long grain rice?
    2. Karen
      Saturday, January 24th, 2015
      this is just what I need for my cold feet.
    3. Debbie Tuquilar
      Monday, December 23rd, 2013
      I love these!!! I've been making them out of flannel for Christmas gifts. Your pattern is perfect! I also add lavender oil to the rice. They're turning out soooo cute and everyone really likes them!!! THANKS!!!
    4. Nell
      Friday, December 13th, 2013
      I'm making these as Christmas gifts. I added a bit of lavender to each one. Smells lovely! Thanks for the great tutorial!
    5. Kathy Zens
      Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
      My daughter received one of these as a gift but doesn't use hers as a foot warmer. She has nerve pain in her back and puts hers in the freezer to help numb the pain.
      The person who gave it to her used a pretty kitchen towel instead of fancy material.
      Now that I have the pattern I am making several for Christmas.
    6. Waco Bayless
      Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
      I'm making one of these for myself! I hate having cold feet, I can't sleep when my feet are cold!
    7. kgh
      Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
      Hi I'm new at all this and was not really understanding the step that is talking about placing right sides together. I feel silly asking even with a picture showing it but it doesn't make sense to me. Thank you.
    8. Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
      Love it! Posted this on my blog :)
    9. Cami
      Monday, August 9th, 2010
      This is also perfect for cube-dwelling princesses. Buildings in winter are usually freezing where I live, so having one of these stashed in my cube to heat up in the break room microwave would be great. Just need to discreetly remove my shoes and get warm! (Now I must go knit those fingerless gloves...)
    10. Saturday, July 24th, 2010
      Love this! As I'm sitting here with frozen feet, due to my hubby having the A/C cranking, I'm thinking I should go whip one up.

      Thank you for this!
    11. Friday, July 23rd, 2010
      hi there!
      glad you like the tutorial.
      to heat it up you will need to place it in a microwave on hi for about 1 minute.
      check it and make sure it's not too hot. if you need it a little warmer...place it in there for a few seconds more.

      just make sure it doesn't get too hot that it will burn the skin!!!

      hope this helps!
    12. Nicki
      Friday, July 23rd, 2010
      I'm with Jeannie on this one.. how do you warm it? I'm assuming microwave, but for how long?
    13. Friday, July 23rd, 2010
      A foot warmer for your bed...I thought you were going to talk me through my upcoming wedding :) Tricked by a Twitter tease. Ha, ha.

      What a fun project. Thanks for posting.
    14. Laura
      Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
      I'm curious too as to the heating directions; I would love to make several myself.
    15. Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
      This is a great straightforward tutorial and such a good idea. Thanks
    16. Corey
      Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
      A coworker made these for us one year and used printable iron on transfers (I guess) to put heating instructions on the muslin part.
    17. Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
      I'm glad I found your post. A friend gave me one of these rice bags and I love it! I have wanted to make my own, and now I finally can. Do you know if I could add herbs or perfumes to the rice, or will they not work with this?
    18. wendy
      Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
      just what I was looking for...can't wait to make it!
    19. Emma
      Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
      I love it! Your posts are always amazing. TFS!
    20. Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
      this is perfect! i know just who to make this for!
    21. Jeannie
      Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
      How do you warm it?
    22. Katie
      Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
      I made these as a hot/cold pack with flax for Xmas gifts. The added bonus for me was finding the foot warmer use. In the winter I warmed it and put it in my covers as I was getting ready for bed. Loved warming my feet and falling asleep.
    23. Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
      I have one of these that someone gave me as a gift a few years ago and I use it at the foot of my bad 8 months out of the year! I love it. Maybe I will make some of these for Xmas gifts this year!