In this post: 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 2

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.

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.

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!

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

Related: Make Your Own DIY Lavender Sachets – the Easy Way!

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

shannon photo and sig oct 2022