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DIY Hot and Cold Bags – Simple to Make, Handy to Have!

Hot and cold bags are handy to keep around for stress relief, injuries and flus and cold. These DIY hot and cold bags are super simple to make!

Perfect in the heat and perfect in the cold – hot and cold bags are useful year round! Use them cold for fevers or swelling. Use them hot for chills, and sore muscles. These DIY hot and cold bags are a must have for any house! Just microwave them or freeze them for instant relief.

DIY Hot and Cold Bags

DIY Hot and Cold Bags

diy hot and cold bags



1. Cut one piece of fabric to 6″ x 6″ and one to 6″ x 12″.

cut fabric for hot and cold bags

2. For each hot and cold bag, fold right side of fabric together and pin.

pin right sides together

3. Sew all the way around each bag, leaving about a 2″ opening on one side.

sewing hot and cold bags


4. Carefully pour 1/2 cup of rice into smaller bag and the remainder into the larger bag.

add rice to hot and cold bags

5. Sew opening shut.

6. Sew a 1/2″ border around each bag if desired (pushing the rice out of the way as you go). Snip any stray strings and you’re done!

final sewing of diy hot and cold bags

snip strings on finished sewing project

Hot cold bags can be stored in the freezer for use when cold or microwaved on high for a bout 1-2 minutes for warm use.

Do you use hot and cold bags often at your house?


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  1. Jinida says

    Thanks for this tutorial – just in time for Mother’s Day! Question: can we add essential oils to the rice filling?

    • Shannon Acheson says

      Hi! So true, a good Mother’s Day gift idea! I don’t see why you couldn’t use essential oils in the rice. Just be careful with the microwave and make sure they’re not flammable oils or scents.

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