Use some of your fabric scraps to make these hand warmers. They’re a quick and easy project, and make a great gift.
How to Make Hand Warmers
What You’ll Need:
Be sure to use 100% cotton fabric and thread. Polyester and other synthetics might melt, or even catch fire, in the microwave. I used white rice as the filler for my hand warmers because it isn’t likely to go rancid, and feels nice in the warmers. Some people prefer to use flaxseed in their warmers because it stays warm longer. Since it doesn’t have a very long shelf life, I felt white rice was a better choice.
What You Do:
Cut out four 4″ x 4″ squares of fabric. Place two squares on top of each other, good sides facing out. Repeat with the other two squares.
Then, sew around three sides of the squares.
Fill the warmers with rice. 1/2 cup of rice in each is about right.
Then, pin the open side of the bags …
and sew them shut.
Use a pair of pinking shears to dress up the edges. This will keep the fabric from fraying.
To Use: Simply microwave your hand warmers for 30 seconds, and enjoy! They’ll stay warm for at least 15-20 minutes, which is plenty of time to walk the dog, take care of some outdoor chores or wait for the school bus to come.
I plan to give a bunch of these for Christmas gifts, so I dressed them up with a tag and a miniature ornament. I just used some of that print-your-own business card stock with the clean edges to make the tags. Easy!
I was able to make a dozen sets of hand warmers in just a few hours.