Making Hand Warmers

Bronze Feedback Medal for All Time! 158 Feedbacks
January 28, 2015

two finished hand warmersI saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was such a nice way to have a little warmth on those days you have to go out in the cold. You can make a pair very quickly. I just made basic squares. But, I've seen hearts, owls, ladybugs, you name it. These would make a nice gift for those in cold climates.


Total Time: 15 minutes for both

Yield: 2 or as many as you would like to make

Source: Seen all over pinterest and etsy.


  • fabric
  • rice
  • sewing machine
  • funnel


For your fabric, choose one with natural fibers such as cotton or flannel. Synthetic materials could melt in your microwave. No one wants that!

  1. Take 2 layers of fabric a little bigger than the size you want your warmers to be. I used a book as a guide. Trace around your template. Make sure that your fabric is facing the right way. The side that you want to see in the finished product will be facing inwards on both sides. (Hope that makes sense!) My squares ended up being 4 inches all around.
  2. fabric and book used as template
    template shape traced onto fabric
  3. Cut out your fabric squares.
  4. cut squares of fabric

  5. Start sewing from the top of one side. Go around and sew 3 sides. For the last side, sew about halfway, leaving enough room to add the rice later. Reinforce the stitch where you stop.
  6. beginning to sew seams
    turning corner while sewing seams
  7. Trim around the edges. I cut the corners a little so that it's not too bulky when you turn it. Leave a little more fabric at the opening. You will turn this over and sew it closed. You want a little extra.
  8. sewn squares before turning
  9. Turn inside out. Use your finger to push out the corners.
  10. turning fabric squares
    squaring up turned corners
    turned squares of fabric ready to fill

  11. Insert your funnel in the opening. I used the top of a soda bottle to get the job done. If you have a nice-sized funnel, you could use that. Add your rice. Fill it up about 3/4 of the way. I used about 1/2 a cup.
  12. pop bottle funnel
    filling warmer with rice
    rice filled warmer ready to sew
  13. Fold your opening closed. Hand sew it closed. Make the stitches close enough, so that rice doesn't leak out.
  14. turn in fabric seam allowance at fill opening
    sewing fill opening shut
    fill opening sewn shut
  15. To use: put in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Don't heat it too long or you could burn the fabric or the rice. These stay warm for about 30 minutes or so.
  16. Advertisement

Read More Comments

5 More Solutions

This page contains the following solutions.

Gold Post Medal for All Time! 899 Posts
February 24, 2015

These heart hand warmers make great gifts and are a nice way to use up fabric scraps.

hand warmer in hand


Gold Post Medal for All Time! 555 Posts
February 19, 2020

Pierce either a white or sweet potato a few times and microwave until cooked. You can wrap in aluminum foil and give it to your kids (or even adults) to put in their pockets or their gloved hands to serve as handwarmers when outside in the winter for a while.

A sweet potato to use as a hand warmer.

January 27, 2014

Sew up some heart shaped hand warmers for those chilly nights. Use felted wool sweaters and rice. Easy to make and great for small gifts or Valentines.

Heart Hand Warmers Tutorial


Here are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community.

December 20, 2010

What do you put into a hand warmer/rice bag to make the fragrance?

By Dee


December 20, 20101 found this helpful

Hi Dee, I make these with rice only, but my mum says you can put lavender in them. I think I might also try them with a little cinnamon, so they smell like Christmas.


Gold Feedback Medal for All Time! 690 Feedbacks
December 22, 20101 found this helpful

Hi Dee, Ruth made some for me as my hands seem to stay cold in the winter months. They are wonderful. You can use rice,flax seed and corn. Adding lavender or spices is a bonus. :)

December 22, 20100 found this helpful

I have made larger ones for aches and pains but never thought of a hand warmer, what a great idea. Don't use instant rice though, it has to be long grain. Also wheat will work very nicely.

Answer this Question

December 14, 2015

Keep your hands toasty this winter, by making a set of these reusable fleece hand warmers. This is a page about making fleece hand warmers.

Making Fleece Hand Warmers

In This Page
Crafts SewingJuly 16, 2015
Fourth of July Ideas!
Father's Day Ideas!
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2024-05-21 09:23:19 in 14 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2024 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.