Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Love Birds" or Rice-Filled Heating Pads for Children

Update: This pattern is now being sold in my Etsy store!

The other day a flock of "Love Birds" descended upon our home. These are not typical Love Birds, but I think it is an apt description none-the-less. After all, they are birds and we are giving them to our grandchildren with a whole lotta love


For awhile now I've been trying to think of a little present I could make for our grandchildren for Valentine's Day. I wanted to make something that would remind them of my husband and I, so I naturally gravitated to something that would hold them, hug them, and keep them warm -- just like us.


Last month I made a few Rice-Filled Heating Pads for some special adults in my life. I thought about those and then decided to make a "child's version" for our grandchildren for Valentine's Day. As a result, this here flock was created... 


I started, like I usually do, with paper and pencil...


That crude drawing took on a more polished look, and from that sketch a pattern was developed. I've been told that children who use rice-filled heating pads love them. The warmth of a heating pad can soothe a child's achy muscles or ease the pain of a stomach ache. It can keep a child warm on a cold night, and it can even be used to gently warm up a baby's crib before he goes to bed. (Remove the heating pad before the baby is placed in the crib, and always check the mattress temperature.) I'm certain a rice filled heating pad is not nearly as good as being held by a loving grandparent, but hopefully having their very own "Love Birds" will remind them that they are loved! 

 

Did you notice that the tummy of these Love Birds are in the shape of a heart? I thought that was an appropriate touch for Valentine's Day!


The back of the birdie is made of flannel -- soft, cuddly, and warm. The front is made from cotton fabrics. (Make sure you use cotton fabrics when you make your Love Bird because synthetic fabrics -- like Minky -- can melt in the microwave!) Just pop the birdie in the microwave for 60-90 seconds and when it emerges it is warm and toasty!

These Love Birds will soon fly off and wend their way toward our grandchildren spread throughout the U.S. It makes me feel good to know that they will hold these on Valentine's day and know that they are loved.


I've decided to offer this pattern 
and some brief instructions on how to make this 
"Love Bird Heating Pad" 
available to all! 

Click here to be transported to my Etsy store to receive this PDF pattern for "Love Birds" -- a rice-filled heating pad for children.


If your little one doesn't use his "Love Bird" as a heating pad,
it could definitely double as a bookend! ;o)

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kelsey said...

These are adorable! Might have to pass the pattern along to my grandma, who is a much better sewer than I am, to make one for my little peanut! Thank you!

RebeccaMom said...

These are wonderful! Thanks for the free pattern! :)

tchris said...

This is adorable! I can't wait to make this for my nieces!

Thanks for sharing your talent!

Laura Wilkerson said...

Thanks for the download...i was seriously looking for a heating pad for my 10yr old daughter yesterday...her back is killing her! Totally gonna make this today so she'll have it after school :) these might also go in some stockings for Christmas!
Thanks!

teresaS said...

Thank you so much for sharing this cute pattern! I'm always looking for ideas for Christmas gifts for all my little nieces and nephews, as well as grandbabies! This is a perfect gift!

Callie said...

So cute! I love it!

James and DeAnn Stroud said...

These are so cute and such great idea's!!! I'm going to make them for some Christmas presents! Thankyou for sharing this great idea!

Katharos said...

So cute! Now on my to-do list!

zoe faith said...

These almost made me yelp out loud and wake up my baby, for whom I am so eager to make one of these! Her name is "Sofia" - so we have a whole wise owl theme going on for her. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!!

SweetT said...

Love it! Thanks so much for sharing!

SoozeM said...

Very cute! Thank you so much!

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing. Perfect for my new grandbaby and her owl themed room!

ChristyZ said...

Thankyou for the adorable owl template! I can't wait to make it for my kids. :)

Cardon Times said...

These are darling. I think we are going to make these for grandparents this year for Christmas. Something to keep them warm since we won't be there to give them a warm hug! Thanks so much.

Mary said...

Thanks a bunch! I think I'm going to modify it a bit to make a penguin for a friend for Christmas. :D

Adele said...

So adorable!!! I love all things OWL!! I love this pattern and can't wait to make some of my own as gifts! Love them!

rebekahdawn said...

Thank you for the pattern! These are so cute and I can't wait to make one for each of my daughters!

Anniebel22 said...

I can't wait to try these with Christmas fabric!

wolfgirl_28 said...

thanks for the awesome pattern! these are so cute! :)

Ness said...

Thanks so much! Can't wait to make this little guy for my kids :)

{Amanda} said...

Thanks for offering this pattern & tut! I have a friend who loves all-things-OWL for her daughter & this will be a fantastic Christmas gift :)

Jessica said...

had your chicksicle downloaded but missed this one! so cute!thanks!

Deb said...

Thank you for the great pattern! Just finished making one for my son. He absolutely loves his owl... he's warmed it up a couple of times tonight and it went to bed with him. Perfect for the chilly northern Minnesota winter evenings! I put a tag on the back that said "owl always love you." :)

Jen said...

I found you on pintrest and loooove this pattern, I don't sew (or have a machine) but I'm going to try and make a no-sew version with your pattern, it's just too cute!
Thanks again!

Joy said...

I love this... thank you so much for sharing.. I am going to make them for my grandchildren for Christmas.

Tiffers said...

As soon as I saw these, I knew I HAD to make one....so adorable! I love anything having to do with owls. Haha. I think I might make one of these for my sister-in-law, too. Thanks for the pattern!!

Olivia said...

Thanks so much! Such a great ida and pattern. I acn't wait to make it for my daughter! And I LOVE that it's an owl.

Rebecca said...

Planning on making one for each of my 5 kids! They are adorable.

Chelle and Aaron said...

I just made these for my nieces for Christmas. They turned out so cute that my 2 year old daughter already claimed one of them for herself. Thanks for sharing!

Momto3 said...

Thank you for providing this pattern. I made rice bags for my kiddos from old socks, and they love them. But for Christmas, I want to give them something more beautiful. These will be their presents this year! Thank you so much for sharing.

Sara said...

Thank you! Cant wait to try these out! So darling!!!

On More Serious Matters said...

Thank you so much for the pattern! I think I may be scaling it up a little for a friend of mine who suffers awful cramps but who also happens to love owls.

Rosh said...

Thanks so much for sharing. I made a pillow using the pattern as a gift for my swap partner. She really loves it. Going to make another one for myself too. :D

http://rosheyzcraftworld.blogspot.com/2011/10/hootie-hoots-for-nurul.html

amy & lisa said...

I want to make some of these sweet owls for valentines day. :)

Heidi said...

Adorable! Thanks for sharing.

Laura Lowe said...

Downloaded this cute pattern, and I'm going to give it a try tomorrow! I wonder if fleece would work instead of flannel for the back - I just happen to have some that coordinates with some cotton scraps.

Nancy said...

Love these cute owls! I just downloaded the pdf and hope to make one/some today! Found you by following a link from Pinterest!

Karly said...

THANK YOU! I really thought I had commented back when I downloaded the pattern (sometime in November), but I don't see my comment! I have made nearly 40 owls over the last few months and had so much fun making them! I gave them to so many friends and family members this Christmas and they were a HUGE hit! Thanks again for sharing the pattern! I'm sure I'll make them for years to come!

tammy said...

thanks for sharing the lovely pattern!

oneenglishteacher said...

Thanks for the pattern! I made this Owl for my friend for Christmas, and she loved it. I couldn't post pictures until after Christmas or it would spoil the surprise, but I just posted a picture of the final project http://oneenglishteacher.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/more-crafty-christmas/.

Thanks again!

Celine said...

I'm hoping to use this pattern for Valentine's day gifts this year! Thank you sooooooo much!

Celine
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Christina said...

Thanks so much for sharing! Can't wait to make one of these!

DeEtte Peterson said...

Thanks for sharing this pattern! I can't wait to make up a few of these! I plan on sending two to friends in Germany who have recently had babies! Thanks!!!

Paulette A. said...

So sweet! The grandgirls are getting older, but I still think they might enjoy this cute fellow to warm their feet when they go to bed. I might have to make one for Grandma too! ;-) Thanks for sharing.

Sarah said...

These look so cute! I can't wait to make them for my 2 year old boy and twin 6 month old girls! Thanks for posting the pattern!

kristina hynes said...

This is so adorable! I am excited to make these owls and see if they turn out the way yours did. I have many children who would love these!

Kellie said...

i just found you from pinterest. these are awesome! thank you so much!

LaPantigana said...

Muchísimas gracias por compartirlo. Resulta adorable este buho.

Leah Cloninger said...

Super cute! Thanks so much for sharing! I'm considering making some into bean bags for my son and am also playing with the idea of adding letters onto the heart to help teach the ABC's. Many fun games could come of this!

awamiba said...

Thanks so much for providing this! I love owls and this one will be terrifically useful, too! :)

lindakvist said...

Love these little guys! I downloaded and made two of them this afternoon!

Guess the kids will want to pop them in the microwave when we get home tomorrow!

Thanks a million!!!!!

//Linda

Donna Blassingham said...

LOVE these rice packs, they are totally adorable and I know my great grands will love them! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

Nony said...

This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. My daughter is redoing her room in owls and will absolutely LOVE getting this for Valentines' Day!

karen hulsizer said...

So cute!! Thanks for the pattern!!

fenchurchcrafts said...

The owls look great. Thanks for the pattern.

Elaine said...

Suzanne,
Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. They are so cute and easy to make. Thank you again.

katie said...

Thanks for the pattern and tutorial! my friend has been after a owl for ages so this will be a perfect gift for her upcoming birthday

Kellie said...

I just LOVE these owls. Thanks so much for your terrific tutorial and pattern. :)

amber w said...

Thank you for sharing. I'm looking forward to making them on a craft afternoon with my friend for our kids.

Beth said...

Love these! My daughter and I would love to try these for V Day!! Thank you!!

Densews said...

Just copied the owl pattern. Think my little granddaughter will like this one too. I previously copied the chick-sicle pattern. Thank you

Danielle said...

Just saw this on pinterest! Love the idea behind it too! I, however, want to make one for myself. I'm always freezing when I go to bed and can't sleep til I'm warm. I think this would be fun to heat up and take to bed!

carlien said...

they are gorgeous. going to make one for myself :)

Connie said...

How cute, thanks for sharing!

Carly said...

The patter is awesome! I love the idea and they are so cute. I am a college student who is going to try to make a few of these to give to a few friends. Thanks so much!

The Davis Family said...

THanks so much! Going to try this one!

The Bluths said...

I've always wanted a rice pack, and this one is SO cute. I downloaded it :) THANKS!

egunik said...

Just downloaded this pattern and the Chick-sicle pattern...so cute. They should go a long ways in helping my kids "cope" with "injuries".

Anne said...

Thanks for sharing the pattern. I'm going to make 3 for my grands!

JaKnit said...

What fun! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

Kelley with an *E -Y* said...

Thank you so much - I can't wait to make one for myself!! Hmmmmm - that sounded kind of selfish - LOL!! Doesn't matter - not changing my mind!! Mine - Mine - All Mine!!

Robyn said...

These are so adorable! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

Alicia said...

I just found your blog on pinterest and plan on making one of these adorable owls, perhaps even as a gift! :) I love owls, and these are perfect! Thank you so much for sharing your pattern!!

Amy said...

Thanks so much for sharing!!! These are too cute! I can not wait to start making some!

Annette said...

OMGosh I cannot wait to make some of these. They are SO cute and I love that they are heat bags. We are farmers so I usually put proso millet or wheat in mine. THANK you so much for sharing your adorable pattern with the rest of us!

Donna Huisinga said...

Thank you for sharing your talents. They are so whimsical and wonderful!

Michelle said...

Thank you so much! This little owl is adorable!!!!

JamiLynne said...

Thanks so much for the pattern I am going to attempt an owl for my son!

Alexandra said...

Thank you for this gift. My daughter is having her first sleep over party and it just happens to have an owl theme. These are going to be perfect presents for the girls to take to bed with them that night.

Morris Family said...

I love owls and have also been wanting to make myself (the mama) a rice pack for a while now. So I was in heaven when I came across this tutorial to help me make and Owl rice pack.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

piece peace said...

Thank you so much for this super tutorial. I voted for your project at Sew Mama Sew.

zigzagbaby said...

These are incredible! I would like to add that I've made several plain rice pillows with minky dot fabric and they do not melt.

Suzanne said...

Zigzagbaby - I'm glad you've had luck with minky dot fabric, but it is a synthetic based fabric (rather than cotton)so it has the capability of "melting" if put in the microwave for too long!

Mary Dapelo said...

These are so cute! I am planning on making 4 of them for my children to go in their Easter baskets this year!

Kristi said...

I'm so excited to make these for my children! Thank you for this cute and thoughtful idea.

Lisa said...

I am so excited to make these for my sweet little ones. I have one who is very ill and could really use the extra comfort. I plan to start on the love birds today and maybe squeeze in a chick-cicle soon. Thanks so much for sharing these patterns! Your generosity is going to bless my family!

Linda said...

Thank you for this design. I love the look of the eyes and beak. But since I'm making them for three grandsons, I'm going to change the heart shape to a circle, which should do just fine. I appreciate your design skils.

Nancy said...

Thanks you so much for this pattern!!

elle squared said...

Thanks so much! My kids will love it!

Heather Capener said...

Thank you for sharing your pattern with us!

Blue Shooter said...

Thank you for the pattern, I'm going to pass it on to my Mom so she can whip some up for her grandchildren! :)

jubilee said...

so looking forward to trying this project! thanks!

KaHolly said...

Thanks a million!! This is just as sweet as can be.

Chasity said...

Very cute pattern! I know my three boys will love these to keep them warm during our Alaskan winters of -50˚! I might try them with buckwheat, I've seen on another rice warmer pattern with that as an alternative and that it retains heat better.
Thanks for sharing this!!

Kelly G said...

Thank you so much for this! I was actually after something a little smaller - but have printed yours out as I know my Mum would love one of these and hopefully it will help with all her medical problems.

lybmail said...

Thank you for sharing the pattern.
Very much appreciated. Lorraine B

Charity said...

Thank you so much for the pattern! These are so cute! Can't wait to try to make these for my kids! Thanks!

Kristi said...

These are so cute! My daughters will love them and now I can get my boring rectangular rice pad back--win, win!

Thanks for so generously sharing the pdf

Julie said...

This is too cute! For children? I might make one for me!

Fisher Family said...

Saw this on pinterest. Very cute. I am thinking about making some for my kiddos. Thanks for taking the time to share your creativity :)

cara said...

So cute! Thank you for sharing!

Life with my BOYS! said...

Just finished making the owl, so CUTE, great easy pattern! Thanks for sharing!

Tisha said...

This is to cute and I'm going to make one for each of my kids. Thanks for the pattern.

laurasta said...

This is such a great idea! I am going to download this pattern! Thank you for sharing :-)

Kimberly said...

These are adorable! They would also be great for puppies at night when they sleep. We bought one for ours, but this is even better! Thank you for sharing!

Aimee said...

I was looking for something to make for some therapists that my son has had for the last couple of years. I liked the saying "Owl miss you" and wanted something to work with that. I had seen the chick rice bags on pinterest and thought it would be fun if it could be altered to be an owl. Lo and behold, while browsing pinterest today, there it is...already to go. Thank you so much for this pattern and tutorial. You made my day!

Aimee said...

I was looking for a gift I could make using the wording "owl miss you" for some therapists that my son has had for the last two years. I had seen the chick rice bags on pinterest and thought how fun it would be to alter them to be an owl. Lo and behold, while browsing pinterest today, there they were! Already a pattern and ready to go. Thank you so much for this...it made my day!

robin michelle said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! My niece just had a baby girl and she wants everything owls. I'm going to stuff one of these for a toy for the baby. Thanks again!

Shannara said...

I added a handful of fresh picked lavender from my garden and mixed them into the rice heating pad and the smell is just amazing... :)

Mary said...

These are darling! Thanks so much for offering the download! I can't wait to make one!

Katherine said...

These are adorable!! Thank You for sharing your pattern with all of us. I plan on making some of these for my children as well as myself :) So Cute!!

Ryann said...

I love so many of your projects! thanks for the posts! I know you said this is for kids, but I think I will use it for myself!

Densie said...

I have to make one of these! Adorable!

Bleez said...

These are so adorable! I have a friend whose little girls would love some of these. Thanks for sharing the pattern. :)

Amy said...

These are so cute! I'm going to make some for my nephews and maybe myself, too, since right now I just have an old sock filled with rice that I threw together when I really needed something quick for an earache! Thanks for sharing!

Cecily said...

I am thinking of making these for part of our homemade Christmas this year. They are adorable. Thank you!!!

Kristina Sinclair said...

These are truly incredible! I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. I have tons of fabric scraps and this would be perfect. I think every child in my family will be getting one for christmas this year. So glad I found this site - linked from Modern Mrs. Darcy.

Lisa said...

Several years ago I used your (then free) pattern to make a set of these for my family members using my great-grandmother's shirt. Whenever we walked into her house, she greeted us with a "hoo hoo" instead of a hello, so I knew the owl was the perfect symbol for her. She had recently passed away, and everyone was very moved to receive such a beautiful gift in her memory! Thank you for the pattern!

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