DIY Reusable Hand Warmers

The winter season calls for gifts that keep us cozy and warm and these pocket hand warmers are just the thing. You can make these with flannel, recycled sweaters, or fleece and you’ll have just the thing to make trips out in the cold just a tad more inviting!

*I apologize in advance for the terrible pictures!  Was working quickly to get these hand warmers done! 

Supplies:

fabric pieces – each pair of hand warmers requires two 4 1/2″ squares of fabric
sheet of paper for making a funnel (I used an actual small funnel)
rice or ceramic pie weights (these can get a bit pricey)
embroidery floss and needle

Step 1:  Cut two pieces of fabric into 4 1/2″ squares.  Match right sides together and sew 1/4″ from the edge around each set of two squares.  Leave a 1″ opening in the side of each square for turning and filling.

 

Step 2:  Turn each square right side out, gently pushing out the corners with a chopstick.  Form a cone with a 1/2″ opening in the tip from your piece of paper – use tape to secure the cone in its shape.  Fill 2/3-3/4 full with rice, or ceramic pie plates.

Step 3:  Hand stitch the opening closed (click here for detailed hand sewing instructions)

*I forgot to get a picture of this getting done!  Sorry 

Step 4:  To add a bit more flare and style you can use embroidery floss to stitch a decorative blanket stitch around the perimeter of each square.  Begin by poking your needle with knotted end into the top seam along the edge of the square.  Poke it back out about 1/4″ from the edge on the “back side” of the square.  Now, bring the needle back around to the front side of the square and poke it straight through from front to back. (I skipped this step because I am a terrible hand sewer!)

Step 5:  Pull the floss most of the way through the back.  Before pulling it tight, notice the loop of thread.

Step 6:  Pull the needle through the loop from back to front and pull tight.

Step 7:  Continue stitching front to back and pulling the thread through the loop on each stitch.  You’ll notice the running stitch which should be placed along the seam edge of the square and then each front to back stitch.  Try to keep the stitches evenly spaced for best results.

 

And you’re done!  Wrap a pair up with a little instructional note.  To use, just pop the hand warmers in the microwave for a couple minutes and they’re ready to stick in your pockets for lasting warmth out in the cold!!

 

Happy Creating!  Let me know in the comments below if these worked out for you!  I would love to see your results.

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