Homemade Hand Warmers
It’s been just a little cold here on our homestead this winter. Back in my hometown I was used to cold spells and snow but they only lasted a few days and then we had some fairly nice weather for a while. Now I can’t remember the last time it was above 20 degrees for more than a day. I guess everything just takes some getting used to!
I feel like I’ve totally changed our wardrobes since we got here. I’ve found that a good fleece pants keeps my legs warm during the day and I can usually be found wearing about 3 shirts. Plus warm socks and slippers of course! I’ve bought each member of our family some canvas bibs and coats.
Something else I did was make some of these Homemade hand Warmers. They are SO simple and can be made in just 5 minutes. If you do any kind of sewing you probably already have what you need for them. These are perfect to stick in your pockets when you head outside on these cold winter days. Depending on the outside temp we’ve found that they stay warm for about 15 minutes on average. Perfect for a little warm up when you are outside doing chores!
Homemade Hand Warmers
What You Need:
- 100% Cotton Flannel (Get it from Fabric.com)
- Thread/Needle/Sewing Machine
- Scissors and Measuring Tape
- Uncooked Rice
Measure and cut your flannel. You will need two 4 inch by 4 inch squares. As I stated above, make sure you are only using 100% cotton flannel and that they are no metallic threads running through the flannel.
Here’s my 2 squares.
Turn both squares so that the wrong side of the fabric faces outward and sew a simple straight stitch around the edges. You can do a zipzag if you really want. You can easily hand sew these together also if you do not have a sewing machine.
Make sure to leave about an inch wide opening on the 4th side of the squares instead of sewing it all the way shut. Anything smaller than an inch will make it difficult for the next step. Turn the pouch right side out and pop out the corners so it looks just like a little bean bag.
Fill the bag up about 3/4 of the way full with uncooked rice. It is about 1/8 cup of rice if you make the 4 inch square bags.
Fold the edges of the bag into the bag and sew it closed. Make sure to reinforce the ends so you don’t have any rice spilling out into your pockets!
That’s it, so easy! To warm up the bag before you head out into the cold, simply place it in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds and stick it into your pocket. These will stay warmer longer if they are next to your body.
This is a great simple project, even if you haven’t sewn much before. These little homemade Hand Warmers sure are nice to have around though! To clean these, spot clean as needed.
Make sure to check out all the other great DIY Projects we have here on Little House Living.
Do you enjoy easy sewing projects? Do you use hand warmers in the winter to keep your fingers toasty?