Looking for a fun and functional way to help your little one manage aches and pains? Or maybe just a way to help soothe them at night – something warm to snuggle up too? This adorable DIY Monster Hot Pack is the perfect solution! It combines the soothing power of heat therapy with a playful monster design that will cuddle away discomfort. Plus, if you place it in the freezer, it can double as a cold pack!

DIY Monster Hot Pack
 (I want to apologize ahead of time for the bad pics – I was having issues with my camera…)


  • Scraps of Fabric (fleece, flannel, felt recommended)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Rice
  • Fabric scraps for monster features (felt works great!)

Unleash Your Inner Monster

This project is all about having fun, so grab your fabric scraps and unleash your creativity! Here’s a general guide:

Fabric Options: Fleece is a great choice for a Monster Hot Pack because it provides a comfortable moist heat.

Cut out two monster-shaped pieces of fabric – aim for a “blob” shape that distributes rice evenly when flat.

Now it’s time to create your monster features!

DIY Monster Hot Pack

Cut monster features from felt – eyes, fangs, spikes – and arrange them on one fabric piece to find the perfect placement. You can pin them if you prefer a more precise look, but remember, monsters are all about whimsy! Sew the appliques in place – I chose to use colored thread and different stitches to add to the monster’s fun features.

Fun Monster Hot Pack for Kids

Assembling the Hot Pack

Place the fabric pieces right sides together and sew around the edges, leaving a 3-inch gap for filling.

After stitching around the perimeter, use a zigzag stitch to reinforce the seam and prevent rice from escaping.

Turn the fabric right-side out.

Use a rolled-up paper plate as a funnel to pour rice into the opening.

Stuff the Monster Hot Pack firmly with rice, but leave some room for movement during heating.

Hand-stitch the opening closed to seal the rice securely.

Congratulations! You’ve created a cuddly Monster Hot Pack that provides both heat and cold therapy.

Heat it Up

Depending on the size of your monster, heat it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes on low power. Start with a shorter time and adjust based on your desired temperature.

Chill Out

For cold therapy, simply pop your Monster Hot Pack in the freezer. They don’t stay cold long (maybe 30 minutes), but for a little one, that is usually all that is needed.

This DIY Monster Hot Pack is not only adorable but also versatile. It offers both heat and cold therapy, making it a great choice for a variety of childhood boo-boos and growing pains – or simply a cuddly friend at night time.

So grab your sewing supplies and some fabric scraps, and let your little one snuggle up to a monster that brings comfort and joy!