In honor of the first official day of winter, I made a new set of hand warmers. These are great for popping in your pockets when you’re out and about on a cold day. I use them when I walk the dog and they’re nice for keeping kids’ fingers warm during that early-morning wait for the school bus.
I made half a dozen in about 20 minutes, and I didn’t even have to buy fabric. I just raided my scrap basket. I found several black and white prints left over for another project and cut them into squares. Mine are 4″ but you can make them bigger or smaller depending on what fabric you have available.
I paired up the fabrics, right side together, and sewed up three sides. To make them a little stronger I also zigzagged the edges. Chain piecing really cut down on the assembly time. (If you’re not familiar with it, I shared a quick chain piecing tutorial here.)
Clip off a little of the corners to reduce the bulk.
Turn them right side out, carefully push out the corners and iron them flat.
Turn down a 1/4″ at the top of the raw edge and press.
Fill each bag about halfway full with rice (Mine used about 1/3 cup for each bag.) then stitch the top closed. I did mine by hand but you could easily finish these on the sewing machine.
To save space on the counter, I store mine in the same wide-mouth plastic jar the rice came in. Just pop one or two in the microwave and warm for 15 seconds or so before you go out. You may need to adjust the heating time depending on your microwave, but don’t overdo it or you’ll scorch the rice. No one wants smoky pockets!
In the summer I throw the whole jar in the freezer. These are just the right size for soothing insect bites or little bumps and bruises.