Introduction: Cross-Stitched Hand Warmer

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These simple hand warmers are easy to make, and they really do keep your hands toasty warm! They are a perfect way to show your love to someone this Valentine's Day!

You will need:
Wool felt
Embroidery floss

Step 1: Prepare Felt and Embroider

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For each hand warmer, cut a piece of felt measuring 4 x 5.75 inches. Embroider a design in the middle. I chose a cross-stitched heart (I found a pattern with a quick Google search), but any small-ish design will do.

To embroider on felt, I usually trace the pattern onto tracing paper, then stitch through it all and tear the paper away. However, it was a huge pain with these x-stitches, so be warned if you want to try this method!

Step 2: Sew the Handwarmer

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Fold the top and bottom around to form a tube, with an overlap of about .5 inches. Pin and sew across with the smallest stitches you can make.

Sew one end of the tube closed. It's easier to make these stitches a bit smaller.

Step 3: Fill and Close

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Add 1/4 cup of rice.

Sew the other end of the tube closed.

Step 4: Use the Handwarmers

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Your hand warmer is finished, but you'll probably want to make for each pocket! To warm these, just place in the microwave and heat for increments of 10 seconds until you reach the desired heat. Mine took 30 seconds. They'll stay warm for at least 20 minutes, maybe even a little longer!


Cometeer (author)2013-12-08

Can these be reheated and used again?

molliejohanson (author)Cometeer2013-12-08

They they can!

Cometeer (author)molliejohanson2013-12-08

I just made one out of denim. Time to make one more!

spaul13 (author)2013-12-07

First time cross stitching.

Pavlovafowl (author)2012-04-15

Both practical and pretty! Best Wishes from Basse-Normandie, Pavlovafowl aka Sue

highjacked (author)2012-02-12

I tried my hand at this. It turned out not nearly as elegant, but It does the trick! My girlfriend loves kittens, so i'm hoping she uses these!

highjacked (author)highjacked2012-02-12

Also, I used Jasmine scented rice. MMMMMM

moneyfuskie935 (author)2012-02-02

Could this also be a pin cushion?

It probably could, although, I've never researched the affect of rice on pins.

Creativeman (author)2012-01-28

Great Instructable! I enjoyed the concept, so decided to make one myself. I like yours very much and I wanted to see how fast I could make one using the sewing machine. It took very little time, probably 30 minutes, total. Thanks for the inspiration! (See my instructable here:

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-01-27

So cute and very useful :)

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