DIY hand warmers are a fast and easy handmade Christmas gift. They make a cute stocking stuffer, are reusable, and add an element of coziness to the holidays. This is probably the easiest sewing project one could find and a great beginner sewing project for all ages.
For materials, it is very important to use 100% cotton material and thread. Polyester blends will melt. Around this time of year, JoAnn’s has more 100% cotton snuggle fleece than all other fabrics combined. There are so many cute patterns! The real struggle is down selecting a reasonable amount. Look for patterns with a small enough scale that they would fit well in less than a 4 inch square. The filler is simply dry, white rice. Any generic rice will work.
Hand Warmer Assembly
Prewash has the fabric and then cut into 4×4 inch squares. Put the squares right sides together and pin. Using cotton thread, sew around 3.5 of the sides, leaving a small opening for filling. Turn right sides out.
Use a funnel or make a paper funnel to fill about 80% full with dry white rice. Fold the raw edges in and whip stitch the opening shut by hand. Alternatively, you can also use a sewing machine to sew closely to the edge. Just be sure to keep the filling rice away from your needle!
That’s it! Aren’t they adorable?
Place the hand warmers in the microwave for 25-30 seconds. Allow to cool for a few moments and pop them into your pockets to stay warm and cozy!
Gift Packaging for DIY Hand Warmers
Pair the hand warmers with a cute instruction tag and they’re ready for gifting! You could use baker’s twine to attach them or put them in a bag with the label (see photo above). Cookie bags make great packaging for these! I put together a printable sheet of labels. These are so cozy printed on kraft cardstock! You may use these for personal use only, no commercial use of these tags is permitted.
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