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Rice Bag Feet Warmer

Posted by  ·  July 22, 2010  ·  Last Updated: July 8, 2019

A  rice bag feet warmer is a  useful and I am sure to be an appreciated gift! This heated foot warmer is a perfect holiday gift for neighbors, friends, or teachers. It’s fast it’s cheap and essential for the cold weather!  It can also be used to soothe a stiff neck or sore back!

Homemade gifts are a great way to make someone feel special and let them know you care. Find just the perfect gift from this long list of handmade gift ideas.

Rice Bag Feet Warmer Supplies

  • one bag of rice (i used a 1 lb 12 oz bag)
  • one fat quarter of muslin
  • one fat quarter of really cute fabric

How to Make a Heated Foot Warmer

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 let’s start working on the cover.

Grab your super cute fabric and cut out three different rectangles.
  • 14 inch x 7 inch
  • 10 inch x 7 inch
  • 8 inch  x 7 inch

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 iron.

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

Next, top stitch the  folded fabric edge so that you end up with two nice finished edges

Place the right sides together. The two pieces on the one side will overlap slightly.

Pin down all three pieces.

Sew along all four sides using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Turn inside out and stuff the muslin rice bag inside your slipcover.

How to Use a Rice Heating Pad

To heat it up place it in a microwave on high 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.  Make sure it doesn’t get too hot that it will burn the skin!!!
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! You might like to give this corn heating pad version a try.

How to give!

Make it extra special with these darling rice heating pad gift tags.

rice heating pad gift tags

For $4.95 you will receive an immediate download of four pages of gift tags in different holiday colors along with one page of black and white gift tags (these can be printed on colored cardstock of your choice). Each page has circles tags, instruction tags, and poem tags.  BUY NOW.


Vanessa of V & CO.  has more tutorials and patterns on her blog! You will want to visit her shop for more lovely patterns for handmade gifts.

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  1. Tina
    Saturday, December 22nd, 2018
    What kind of fabric inside do you use.
  2. Thursday, October 29th, 2015
    Re: rice bag instructions do I use instant rice or long grain rice?
  3. Karen
    Saturday, January 24th, 2015
    this is just what I need for my cold feet.
  4. 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!!!
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
    Love it! Posted this on my blog :)
  10. 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...)
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. Laura
    Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
    I'm curious too as to the heating directions; I would love to make several myself.
  16. Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
    This is a great straightforward tutorial and such a good idea. Thanks
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. wendy
    Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
    just what I was looking for...can't wait to make it!
  20. Emma
    Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
    I love it! Your posts are always amazing. TFS!
  21. Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
    this is perfect! i know just who to make this for!
  22. Jeannie
    Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
    How do you warm it?
  23. 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.
  24. 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!