DIY Rice Bag

I have horrible migraines so I go through a lot of these rice bags. Regardless if you have migraines or not these bags are great for any kind of pains. I have about 2 or 3 bags laying around the house. The one I keep in my bedroom (one shown in the photo) because it doesn’t have any essential oils in the mix. When I have a migraine this is the bag I use but when I want to relax I use the bag with lavender essential oils or the bag with peppermint oil.

You wouldn’t believe how easy these little life savers are to make. Even if your not a master at the sewing machine. As long as you can get the bag closed on both sides it’s a go!


What you’ll need:
• Cloth
• Rice
• Essential oils (of your choice)

1. Cut 1 piece of cloth in a square. I cut my cloth about 11 inches.
2. Put the 2 long pieces together, sew together to make 1 rectangular piece.
3. Sew along one side edge.
4. Fill with desired amount of rice.
5. Add in a few drops of essential oil of your choice. (Optional)
6. Sew together the last remaining side edge.

VOLA! You’ve just made your own rice bag.

Heating Directions
Place in microwave for 1 minute to 1 1/2 minutes.

I put mine in for 2 minutes but I like mine extremely hot. These bags are great for cramps too. Don’t get it too hot or burn yourself. If you do get it too hot you can always use a dry bath cloth to put between the bag and your skin. Another cool thing is you can replace your rice without tossing your entire bag. To replace your rice but cut the seam out & pour out the old rice. I always wash my bags before I refill & sew them up again.

These bags have been life savers for me and now I can have more than one since I’m not paying $20+ for them at the mall anymore.


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33 Responses to DIY Rice Bag

  1. I have seen several of these and I think they look so awesome! Thank you!
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  2. I am so sorry to learn you suffer from migraines. Did you see my post on migraines and the migraine safe recipes? I love this rice bag. Great tip. Hugs!
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    • Leslie says:

      I didn’t see the post about migraine approved eats, I’ll have to check those out. I don’t eat anymore pork because that’s a huge trigger. Thanks so much for a reference!

  3. These look really soothing. I get headaches frequently, too, and I’d heard that essential oils were helpful!
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  4. Coming to you from Wake Up Wednesday. I’m one of the cohosts. Thanks for your article. Awesome idea!!!
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  5. Super cute!Love this useful rice bag! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
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  6. Shania says:

    Ahhhh, so you basically use the rice bag like you would use a heating pad (?) I’m foreign to this concept, but I’d like to give it a try. By the way, I discovered your post over at the linky party on Katherine’sCorner. I’m hoping that you’ll check out my latest project here ( and let me know what you think. All the best.

    • Leslie says:

      Yeah, the bag would replace the heating pad. It’s great for when your laying down and ya fall asleep, it helps smooth the aches and pains so you’ll relax enough to fall asleep. I used mine last night.

  7. I have one of these and it is a lifesaver! I get migraines, too, and I put it on the back of my neck. Usually it takes the pain away almost right away!
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  8. Good to know and great to have handy for a wedding Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!
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  9. B says:

    Oooh, they’re good for migraines?? SIGN ME UP! Between those and my sinuses, I so need to make one of these. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  10. Jelli says:

    I used to use one of these for backaches during my period and they work so well. I’d never thought to add an essential oil to it, so next time you’d better believe I’m going to do it. Thanks so much for the tip.
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  11. Topaz says:

    Oh, wow. I have never heard of this with the rice bags. I’ve just started exploring essential oils. Thanks for sharing!
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  12. Leslie! Honest to goodness I was just thinking about making one of these bags! I’ve got one that I drag all over the house and need at least one more. I like to use them to rest my wrists on when using my laptop.

    Wishing you a migraine free weekend!

    {big hugs}
    ~ Ashley

  13. Limeade Gal says:

    Thank you for sharing, I was not aware of this method. Glad I popped in to visit you! Definitely going to try this.
    Happy SITS Saturday!
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  14. Julie V. says:

    Your bag looks so cute and I love your tip to replace the rice in existing bags.
    When I use rice packs I usually wrap them in a thin towel while they’re hot (and then remove it as it cools). This way I can use it longer without reheating.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  15. Nina says:

    Hi Leslie – just stopping by from the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine’s Corner. I love these little rice bags! I’ve made several of them in the past and you’ve inspired me to use up a few of my fabric scraps and create a few more for the upcoming colder months. Great for headaches! Thanks so much for sharing your DIY project with us. Nina @ mamas*little*treasures
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  16. I love using rice bags for what ails ya. Thank you for sharing. Hello from Turn It Up Tuesday.
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  17. Bobbi says:

    Stopped by with a quick note to let you know this will be FEATURED at our party which starts tonight.
    I have pinned it to our Feature Board.

    Thanks so much for linking up!
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  18. Love it. It will make a cute pouch bag too.
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  19. The Lady Kay says:

    I love the idea of adding essential oils! Another thing I use mine for…as a foot warmer in my bed during the cold winter months. Visiting from the Merry Monday Link Party #27. Be Well–The Lady Kay
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  20. Audrey says:

    I was given one years ago and use it when my sinuses get congested, I should make my own with some sinus clearing essential oils.

    found you on Merry Mondays.
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  22. Great idea! Especially for those of us who suffer from headaches and shoulder stress.
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  23. Dee says:

    Oohh, I was thinking of making some, so this comes at a perfect time! I just need to find some relaxing essential oils. 🙂
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  24. Love this!! Somehow my neck is always tweaked from sleeping on it wrong, and these would be a life saver! I have a large plug in heating pad, but it’s hard to get it in the right spots. Thanks for the tutorial! Thanks for sharing it with us at Motivational Monday, too! Hope to see you back tomorrow night at 6pm! 🙂
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