Super Quick and Easy Hand Warmers for a Cold January Day

rice filled hand warmers

I don’t know about you but I’m not enjoying winter; yes I love a crisp frosty morning, it’s beautiful, but I’m not enjoying swaddling myself in blankets on the sofa because even though the central heating is on, I’m still cold! If you feel the cold, like me, you’ll love these hand warmers, made entirely from scraps from my fabric stash (the eagle eyed of you will remember the fabric as being from my Swing Cape) and some dried rice from my store cupboard.

You will need:

  • Four 8cm x 8cm squares of your outer fabric (I used purple sweatshirt fabric)
  • Two 14cm x 13cm rectangles of your inner fabric (I used purple lining fabric)
  • Two 8cm lengths of 2cm wide Velcro
  • Matching or contrasting thread
  • Tape measure
  • Tailors Chalk (or pencil)
  • Set Square, T Square, or Perspex Patchwork Ruler to get the perfect right angle
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing machine

hand warmer inners

Assembling your hand warmers:

  1. We’ll begin by sewing the hand warmer inners – fold each rectangle in half and pin in place
  2. Sew along two sides of each rectangle so you have one edge left open to fill your hand warmers
  3. Two thirds fill your inners with rice
  4. Carefully fold in 1cm of your inner and pin in place
  5. Sew along this line to contain the rice
  6. Lay out your 4 outer squares, wrong sides facing upwards
  7. Separate your Velcro and position each piece on the top edge of each of your squares; before you pin this in place, fold in your fabric at the top so your Velcro is sitting on a fold, so that when you sew your outers together, you have a nice edge, rather than a raw edge
  8. Sew along both long edges of your Velcro to fix in place on each square
  9. Matching up your Velcro (please don’t make the mistake of matching up two of the same side…they just won’t stick!) and pin the two squares together with the Velcroed sides facing outwards (and the right sides of the fabric facing inwards
  10. Sew along with other three sides
  11. Turn your outers the right way
  12. All that’s left to do now is to insert your inners and you’re ready to use them

hand warmer outers

If you’re short on time, you don’t have to make the outers, but I chose to so that you can wash them if they get grubby (you can’t put the rice pouches in the washing machine)

When you’re ready to use them, just pop your hand warmers in the microwave for 30-60 seconds (try 30 seconds then pop them in for further 10 second intervals if required (this will depend on the wattage of your microwave)

Hope you stay nice and warm this winter!

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