DIY Work Friendly Rice Heating Pad

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For over 20 years my mom has worked at the post office in the small town where I grew up. She’s a town favorite and makes so many people happy everyday with her beautiful attitude, friendly smile and patience with every customer. Although she would never boast, sometimes customers stop in just to get a friendly hello. All those customers would never know she suffers from chronic back pain. Because it’s a small town, there are only three employees in the office. They hand deliver all the mail to the boxes and do all the other physical work including lifting heavy boxes. Spending six days a week at the post office for so many years has her back hurting everyday. She has tried many different ways to ease the pain but her lower back continues to persistently ache. This week I made her a DIY work friendly rice heating pad and will gift it with Curamin® Stop Pain Now dietary supplement purchased at Sprouts Farmers Market. It’s time to stop missing out on everything she loves outside of work because of her chronic back pain. The clinically studied ingredients are carefully selected for safe pain relief. When pain is the problem, Curamin® is the answer. 

work friendly rice heating pad

Curamin® is a safe, effective, non-addictive herbal formula- different from over-the-counter pain meds and prescription drugs that can sometimes have negative side effects. The product sounds perfect for my mom who regularly spends six days a week at a physically demanding job she loves. This pretty lady should be able to smile for her customers without hiding that she suffers from chronic lower back pain.

postal worker chronic pain

Hello Curamin®, goodbye pain.  Paired with my work friendly rice heating pad, my mom will be able to have pain free days to enjoy.

chronic pain relief

Work Friendly Rice Heating Pad 


  • 1 1/2″ ribbon (enough for belt according to recipient’s waist size)
  • 1 C long grain rice
  • 1/2 yard fleece
  • Sewing supplies: pins, scissors, sewing machine, thread

work friendly heating pad supplies

Cut two pieces of fleece to fit preferred rice heating pad size dimensions. I made my mom’s heating pad 6 x 9″. Cut ribbon to length of belt. Pin two pieces of fleece with belt centered along the outer edge together. 

easy heating pad

Sew fleece pieces together, leaving both ends open. Flip right side out. Sew one end completely closed, leaving the other open to fill with rice.

rice heating pad open end

Fill heating pad with 1 cup of rice from open end. 

rice in heating pad

Carefully pin open end closed. Evenly distribute rice in heating pad and pin three sections evenly spaced.

pinned rice heating pad

Sew end closed then sew along lines to keep rice evenly distributed in heating pad. 

sewn rice heating pad

The ribbon fits perfectly in belt loops for a work friendly rice heating pad to help alleviate lower back pain. Simply warm the work friendly rice heating pad in the microwave for 30 seconds and wear to work. The heating pad can be easily reheated throughout the day as necessary.

rice heating pad belt

Curamin® is available at fine health food stores nation wide. Check out the store locator to find a retailer near you. I purchased my mom’s Curamin® at Sprouts. I went into the natural grocery store unsure where to find the pain reliever. A very nice associate walked me right to the product for a quick store visit.

Curamin at Sprouts

I look forward to hearing how the work friendly rice heating pad and Curamin® has given my mom more reasons to smile at work!

pain relief and rice heating pad

Do you or someone you know suffer from chronic pain too?


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    robin masshole mommy says

    My oldest uses a heating pad every day! I think I might try making him one of these 🙂

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    Melanie says

    I have seen plenty of heating pad tutorials, but never one that fits on a belt. This is awesome! #client

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    yourorganizedlifewithdaria says

    What an amazing idea! And so sweet for your mom. I think my mom would love one too. You’ve provided a very thorough tutorial. Thank you!

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    desperatemamas says

    This is such a clever idea! My hubby suffers sometimes of back pain and this would be very helpful. Thanks for sharing

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    reshamadgmailcom says

    Never heard of this before.. but so useful and clever. Would love to try this out since its very handy when you need to be mobile!

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    Finally a DIY I can really use because I have a lot of backaches from leaning over and typing all day. I will also try curamin for this pain and other aches and pains I get.

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    annalisanuttall says

    I didn’t realize they are so easy to make I should do this for my niece who suffer from cold hands. xx

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    My hubby suffers from chronic pain from old basketball injuries. I, on the other hand, still have the monthly cramps. So thanks for sharing your very helpful DIY on Work Friendly Rice Heating Pad!

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    Holly says

    I’ve never heard of this before but it looks like a really great idea. I hope your mom is able to get some good use from it.

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    cvnxena says

    oo this is fantastic and I love that it is discreet too! I would use it all the time but would be great at work or at my desk, adds comfort when you need it without the hassle!

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    Kim says

    I love this project as a gift! My Mom gets a sore hip and would love it. Thank you for sharing it. Maybe for Mother’s Day?!

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    reesann723 says

    I have been wanting to buy one of these for awhile now. I never thought to make my own! Thanks for the DIY!

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    The Everyday Mom Life says

    This is a really good idea and seems pretty easy too! I had no idea you coudl do this with rice!

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    My husband suffers from chronic back pain, so he can definitely benefit from something like this. I have never heard of Curamin, but I’ll have to look for it.