From Sock To Hot/Cold Pack
Turning a sock into a hot or cold pack is easy and inexpensive! Use it for yourself, your family, or give it away as a gift!
- Fuzzy Socks
- Sewing Machine/Needle and Thread/Hot Glue Gun
Optional – place a paper towel in your sock, this will make filling the sock with the rice much easier.
Fill the sock up to your desired amount with the rice.
Lay your sock flat, and event it out. Make sure the open end matches up so you are ready to seal it closed. Spread your rice out and make sure you have the desired amount in your sock.
Close up your sock, and you have several options to do this.
- Sew the sock closed with a sewing machine
- Sew the sock closed with a needle and thread using a loop stitch
- Hot glue the sock closed
Your hot or cold pad is ready to use!
To use it as a heat pad, place the sock in the microwave and heat it up. I recommend starting with no more than 30 seconds and check the warmth. Microwaves are not created equal and 30 seconds in one can be really warm while another is not warm at all. Once you have it to the desired warmth, use to to warm aches and pains, or “boo boos” for kiddos.
*If using hot glue, the glue may warm up again and be tacky. This generally doesn’t happen unless you heat it up really warm/hot. If this happens, simply squeeze the opening closed to make sure it stays closed and the hot glue will harden right back up as it cools.
To use it as a cold pack, place your sock in the freezer. You can leave it in there all the time so it’s ready to use when you need it. Once you have it to the desired warmth, use to to warm aches and pains, or “boo boos” for kiddos.