I’ve got an easy beginner sewing project for you today. Heat Packs make an easy gift for a neighbor, friend, or teachers. This is also a great way to use up fabric from your stash! You don’t need to many supplies and I made seven in a couple of hours. Here is what you need to get started.

  • Fabric – My bags measure 7 inches by 10 inches
  • Rice – A 5 pound bag will fill up two heat packs
  • Lavender Essential Oil – (I use Young Living)
  • Sewing Machine, Thread, Scissors, Pins….all the fun things you need to sew.


Start by mixing about 5 to 6 drops of lavender oil into a glass bowl of rice. Mix the rice with a spoon and set aside.


Start by cutting your fabric. I used two different fabrics for my bags. My measurements are 7 inches by 10 inches but you can make them any size you want.


Place the right sides together and pin all the way around.  You will want to leave a two inch hole at the top to put the rice in. Go ahead and sew all the way around the heat pack remembering to leave that hole.


Fill the bag with rice. Don’t fill it all the way up with rice. You want a little wiggle room! I filled mine a little over half full.


I fold the two ends closed. Then, close up the seam by sewing it together on your machine. Remember to back stitch to keep it secured.


I made up some of these tags to attach to my heat pack. You can download your copy here:

Lavender Heat Tags Download


I tied them up with some jute and they are ready to be given out!


They smell so good and I even made one for myself to keep. I needed a new one! That’s all it takes to create a warm and cozy heat pack!