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. says

    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!

  2. says

    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”!!

  3. says

    I’m a grandmother,but I’m going to make one for myself…my 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.

  4. says

    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)

  5. says

    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!

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