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How To Make Your Own Microwavable Heating Pad


Whenever I’m in need of a foot massage, I often go to TonTon Massage. Aside from their cheap but quality service, I love the heating pad they put around my shoulders during the duration of the massage. And since almost every part of my body hurt during the last trimester of my pregnancy (upper back, lower back, hips, calves, feet, ankles), I wished I could go to TonTon every day or better yet, had an in-house masseuse who could massage me every night just so I could get a good night sleep. Wait, I did have a personal masseuse, my husband! 🙂 If it weren’t for his patience, I wouldn’t have slept through the night because of all the pains.

I used to apply hot compress on my lower back to ease the pain using the little thing you can buy from Mercury Drug, the one you can put hot/cold water. But it’s too small and uncomfortable. I’ve been looking for something like the heating pad from TonTon but I guess I didn’t look hard enough that’s why I didn’t find one (hehe). Until I came across a DIY heating pad in Pinterest. It was super easy and so I did one right away.


I found two pieces of microfiber towelette (I find it better than any cotton fabric because it feels soft on the skin) from Bryce’s closet which I think is just the perfect size (19″x8.5″.) Since there’s already a bias sewn around the edges, I simply sewed it together (you can either hand stitch it or use your sewing machine) leaving about 3 inches gap so I can pour uncooked rice  (use the cheapest one like NFA rice) in it. I think I used about a kilo. After pouring in the rice, I sewed the gap closed and I was done! I microwaved it on high for 3 minutes at first but since my pad is bigger than the usual ones, it didn’t get warm enough so I heated it again for another 2 minutes. The warmth was perfect and it last for almost 45 minutes.

diy-heating pad

I didn’t sew any dividing lines like the blog said because I want my pad to be totally flexible so the heat can be distributed well depending on the area. This is my favorite project so far and it really made me happy and it cost me practically nothing to make. 🙂

By the way, you can add a few drops of essential oil, like lavender, in the pad before sewing it closed, if you wish. Enjoy!

6 Comments on How To Make Your Own Microwavable Heating Pad

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    January 5, 2014 at 9:07 am (4 years ago)

    I followed your idea but instead of using washclothes (I couldn’t find cute giraffe ones) I found what was supposed to be a crib sheet for about $5. I cut the giraffe border and a cartoon giraffe and doubled them up, then sewed those together. I used about 4 small bags of long grain brown rice and it works AMAZING! I’m not sure how to link pictures here, but here is a Tinypic url

    Thanks for this helpful blog!

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    Shauna Oberg
    January 15, 2014 at 7:40 am (4 years ago)

    I’ve made one of these before with wheat, but I like the idea of rice better. Thanks for the tips!

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    February 3, 2014 at 8:57 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you so much for this tip! I always use hot water bottle, and as you mentioned the hot pack whenever you get foot massage (in my case mani pedi), now I’m going to make some! Although we don’t have a microwave yet… hehe thanks!

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    February 27, 2014 at 4:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi, I was wondering if there’s a shelf life for this? Does the rice get spoiled or contaminated after a while?

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      March 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Jaimie, I read somewhere that it should be fine as long as you use white rice. You can use it for 2-3 years which is not bad given how cheaply it was made. 🙂

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    March 15, 2015 at 7:44 pm (3 years ago)

    Before I could afford to get a microwave oven. I used to put my pillow and sheet for Sun bath. And putting those small and round and mixture of big pebbles under a hot Sun for hour…and I don’t cost much of electricity unless when it’s rainy season.


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