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How To: Make a DIY Waterless Hot Water Bottle (Free Template)!

by on Jan 24, 2012

I wanted to say something about this fleece “hot water bottle” giving you warm fuzzies, but I just couldn’t.  Or could I?  Oh snap, I just did.  Now that that terrible pun is purged from my system, let’s get on with this heart-warming how-to.  (I’m so sorry, I can’t stop.)   


If you’re not still hung up on my awful puns, maybe you’re asking yourself what the “waterless” part of this hot water bottle is all about.  Can you guess?

Yes? No? Give up?

It’s filled with rice!  Rice warmers have been around since forever, but this is one of the cutest I’ve seen.  Turns out, it’s also incredibly easy to make (and would be a great little Valentine’s Day gift… what with the heart and all). Suzie from Unschool Plus shares her how-to over on Instructables, but here’s what you’ll need:

  • red fleece (1/2 yard will make 3 bottles)
  • scrap muslin or cotton fabric for inner liner
  • scissors
  • 2 lbs of dried rice
  • sewing machine–or–needle and thread

Once you’ve got your supplies at the ready, head over to Instructables for, well, the instructions plus a free downloadable “water bottle” template!

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  1. Does it last as long as a hot water bottle? Mine last for hours and hours. Still a bit warm when I wake up in the morning 🙂