March 29, 2010

DIY Monster Hot/Cold Pack

In case you missed my guest post over at Craft Envy (make sure to check 'em out, they're AWESOME!), here is my Monster Rice Pack tutorial:
My oldest sleeps every night with a rice pack I made her a while back. She loves the warmth and snuggles with it. I decided it was time to make one for my middle child so he could snuggle up too.

I would like you to meet KiKi (My son named him):
 And of course, a tutorial for you!
(I want to apologize for the bad pics - I was having issues with my camera...)

I ended up using scraps of fleece, flannel and felt that I had around the house. I find that fleece is a good fabric for these because it provides a moist heat.
I free cut my shape - I wanted it more of a "blob" monster so that the rice can be evenly distributed when it is laid flat in the microwave.
Next I cut out all of my embelishments, white circle for the eyeball and a smaller black circle for the pupil.  I also cut out three red fangs and yellow spikes for the head. I laid them out on the monsters body to make sure it would all fit. Here is when you pin it if you are inclined.
 I, personally, didn't want this to look perfect, it is a monster you know!  So I just winged it.
After adding the appliques I put the two pieces of fabric rightsides together and straight stitched all the way around, leaving a 3" hole in the side to fill with rice.  I then used a zig-zag stitch over my straight stitch to ensure a secure hold and not allow any rice to wiggle out!

Flip right side out.

Fill with rice (I rolled up a paper plate to make a funnel and poured the rice through it into the monster) and voila!

You have a little monster rice pack!

Depending on the size of your monster you heat it for 1 - 2 mins in the microwave. Test yours out, starting with a lower time and adding more time until you get the perfect temp.

These can also be used as cold packs by sticking them into the freezer.  They don't stay cold long (30 mins), but for a little one that is usually all that is needed!

Happy Monster Making!


  1. This monster is ADORABLE!!! I love him! Great project! I found you via Skip to my Lou!! Thank you for sharing!! I have two little ones that would LOVE one of these!!

  2. That is such a cute idea, especially for cold winter nights. Very creative!

    Stopping by from SITS :)

  3. What a terrific idea! My little one is all about monsters right now and would LOVE this... I wonder if I could make it in time for his Easter basket? :)
    We have a friday fun finds party- if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link up!

  4. That is cool! I've never thought to make anything more than a square shape for a rice bag!

  5. This is SO CUTE!! I bet your son loves it!


  6. What a fun idea!! I'll have to keep this one in mind for my kids!

    Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!!

  7. I love it - I'll have to make one of these for my little monster!

    Thanks for linking up at Lucky Star Lane!

  8. I love this idea. Been making a few and needed something fun for the boys. They are hard to make for sometimes.

  9. Cute idea!! Thanks for linking up to Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts!

  10. Oh, I love this! That monster is so funny!

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts!

  11. Love this! I would love for you to come link up over at my blog! I've got prizes :)

  12. Great monster!! and nice clear tutorial! Thanks for sharing.


  13. Great idea. I think I need one!

  14. I'm a grandmother,but I'm going to make one for back would love such a thing. A monster back to speak. Thank you for the idea. I have the fleece,the flannel..and the rice, and I'm gonna make a monster.

  15. I love the monster and your son!!! Too cute!!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Crat on Thursday. Please join me next week for another wonderful party!!

    Please stop next week by I am having guest over each day (I'm on Spring break) and I would love for you to tell them HI! (It could be a Prize)

  16. absolutely adorable! What a delightful project with a great tutorial, too. I hopped over from Somewhat Simple And am so happy that I did! I hope to see you over at my place one day soon. until later...

  17. absolutely adorable! What a delightful project!...and great tutorial, too. I hopped over from Somewhat Simple and am so happy that I did! I hope to see you over at my place one day soon. until later...

  18. I'm featuring you :) Stop by and grab a featured button if you'd like. Thanks for sharing this cute project!

  19. Oh, I love my rice pack, but this monster idea is SO CUTE! I came from P@P. :)

  20. That is the cutest monster I've ever seen! Thanks for linking up on Tot Tuesdays last week. I hope you’ll join me this week for another party. Happy Easter!

  21. I had to get a gift for a co-worker's 6 year old daughter - I saw this and thought it would be perfect! I went home last night and made one up and I love it!!! (My husband now wants one too :) ) I used black fleece for the body and pink t-shirt material for the eyes and mouth and some orange fabric for the teeth. I had a scarf that I never wear and I used the fringe part for the "hair". The only tweak I made was instead of stitching the rice into the the actual monster, I made a separate pouch out of a t-shirt and sewed the rice into that. Then I put snap buttons along one side of the monster to make a monster pouch. This way the rice can be microwaved or frozen separate from the monster and allows my coworker to hand wash the monster if need be! Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Jenna - that is awesome! If you still have it, I would LOVE to see a photo. And I love the idea of making an inside "rice pocket" because if truth be told, Kiki had to go through the washer once!


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