***EDITED UPDATE: FLAXSEED is waaaaayy better than rice. My mom made me a flannel flax seed heating “pillow” and the flax seed holds the heat longer and doesn’t smell like the rice. Since flax seed is much smaller, you would need to put it into a sealed muslin pouch inside the sock, or it would leak out…unless you use regular socks. :)
I always like to make a few Christmas gifts. :) Lately, my boys have been fighting over my rice sock to warm themselves up after playing outside in the snow, so I made each of my kids a fun rice sock that they can heat up in the microwave.
If you have never used a rice sock, they are wonderful! You can heat them in the microwave for a minute and a half or two, and they are like a little heating pad for aches and pains. They make great gifts, too. I have made them out of flannel, but this is the first time I have actually used socks.
My idea for the sock monsters came from Pinterest–just search sock monster, and all kinds of sock cuteness will pop up. I was also led to the book, Stupid Sock Creatures. I have not seen the book in real life, but was inspired by the cover art. Great ideas!!
Here are my Silly Rice Sock Monsters.
They each take about 1.5-2 hours from start to finish. I used two socks for each with barely any waste. The teeth and eyes are felt–remember to use materials that can be microwaved.
I filled the bodies, arms, and legs with rice. Next time I may put the rice in a muslin or fleece ‘pillow’ before filling the sock because the weave of the chenille socks I used is almost loose enough for the rice to come out when squeezed or stretched. I’ll have to tell my boys that these are baby monsters and need to be treated with care. :)