Are cold hands making you want to stay inside all winter long? Here is how to make your own reusable homemade Hand Warmers in just 5 minutes!
Homemade Hand Warmers
When we moved across the state, I was not prepared for the bitter cold. Of course, I was used to a certain amount of cold spells and snow but they only lasted a few days and then we had some fairly nice weather for a while. After we moved we would have days on end below zero. It was not a fun time!
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During the winter, I totally change our wardrobe. I’ve found that a good fleece pants keep 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!
—If you looking to keep your hands clean this winter, you might also want to check out my Homemade Hand Sanitizer Spray recipe.
Homemade Hand Warmers
What You Need to Make Hand Warmers:
- 100% Cotton Flannel (You can get it from Fabric.com)
- Thread/Needle/Sewing Machine
- Scissors and Measuring Tape
- Uncooked Rice
How to Make Hand Warmers:
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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 are 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 zigzag if you really want to. These could easily be hand sewn if you do not have a sewing machine.
Make sure to leave about an inch wide opening on the 4th side of the square 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!
Using Your Homemade Hand Warmers
That’s it, so easy! To warm up the rice hand warmer 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.
If you do not have a microwave, place them on a warm stovetop or something similar to warm them through before taking outside. Those that are warmed with this method may stay warm a little longer than those from the microwave.
This is a great simple project, even if you haven’t done much sewing before. These little DIY Hand Warmers sure are nice to have around though! To clean these, spot clean as needed.
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Do you enjoy easy sewing projects? Do you know someone that could use these homemade hand warmers while they are doing chores?
This Homemade Hand Warmers Tutorial was published on Little House Living in February 2014. It has been updated as of October 2019.