Rice Heating Pads for Animals After Surgery

Make a heating pad for animals recovering from surgery at your local animal shelter.  This craft requires basic sewing skills using a sewing machine or by sewing by hand.

(more photos to be added soon)

You will need:

  • Sewing machine or needles
  • thread
  • uncooked long grain white rice (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • washed and dried 10″ square of cotton fabric
  • washed and dried 10 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ piece of cotton fabric

Take a 10″ square piece of cotton material (cotton only!), fold it in half (right sides together), and sew one short end and up the long side. Use a scant 1/2″ seam allowance.

Turn right side out. This makes a little sack to which you add 12oz. (about 1 3/4 cups) uncooked long grain white rice. NO converted, brown or “minute” rice PLEASE! Now turn in the seam allowance on the remaining open end and finish with sewing across it, locking your stitches so the rice can’t get out.  This is the heating pad the shelter will warm in the microwave for the animal.

Take another cotton square cut a little bigger, say 10 1/2″ X 11 1/2″. This is going to be the little pillowcase to put the rice bag in. I used a plaid cotton flannel. Sew up this piece like you did the sack, only finish off the open end like on a pillowcase on your bed. This will be what can get washed if it gets soiled. The rice bag itself cannot be washed once the rice has been added.

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