We live in Toronto Canada where it gets pretty cold. Some nights we're at -40C! Brrr! We have snow pants, mitts, warm jackets, toques, scarves, and boots. However, sometimes you just need a little bit of extra warmth for your hands. We try not to let the cold keep us from going out and enjoying the winter weather.
The best part about these hand warmers? They are easy to make, fun to use, and won't break your budget.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

To make these hand warmers, you need:

  1. Scrap fabric for the hand warmers
  2. Scrap fabric for the personalized initial
  3. Sewing supplies: Thread, sewing machine (or needle and thread), Scissors, Pinking Shears (optional)
  4. Funnel (optional)
  5. Rice
The fabric should be 100% cotton as these will go into the microwave. I chose to use flannel for added warmth. This project is so small that you could probably get away with buying 1/8th of a metre from the store if you don't have any scrap fabric.

What else could you do if you don't have needle and thread or sewing machine
<p>staples? normally hot glue, but since you will be heating these up that probably won't work.</p>
<p>also... does it have to be 100% cotton? </p>
<p>I think it's nicer if it's 100% cotton but you can certainly use whatever you want. Wool is nice too!</p>
<p>If you use 100% wool do you need to spray it with water before you put it in the microwave?</p>
<p>If you use 100% wool do you need to spray it with water before you put it in the microwave?</p>
Thank you! =) i found some favric i want to use, but its a cotton mix! Worried it might burn over time?!
<p>I have only ever used cotton. If your mix is higher on the poly side then I would not recommend it. Years ago I had purchased a bean bag from a craft show. The vendor recommended that I spritz the bag before microwaving. I'm guessing it's because she didn't use 100% cotton... </p>
Ah!! Makes sense! =) ill give my dabric a go amd hope my house doesnt burst into flames =)
<p>You could also try using fabric from an old t-shirt!</p>
How long do they stay warm for?
<p>Oh gosh... I'm trying to remember. I used to put them in my mitts and then take them out after about 15 min. I'm sure it'll be cold here in a couple of weeks and I'll make note of the time. </p>
Sounds about perfect timing to me, thank ypu for replying! =)
<p>I'm in Toronto, too! What a great idea, seeing as how we have 3 months of cold weather still ahead of us. Probably the cutest handwarmers here. Thanks! ;^)</p>
really rice idea and its easy to make too good work
Thanks Andrew!
awwww these are so cute! what type of rice did you use for this? I've heard that basmati rice smells nice but it doesn't seem to hold heat for too long.
Thanks Afterglow! I used a fragrant jasmine rice. For some of them, I sprinkled some essential oil onto the rice, dried it out, and then put it in the hand warmers. Alternatively, you could also put some dried lavender for a relaxing scent. As for the heat, I find that these give just enough warmth (you don't want your hands to be sweaty!!) :o)<br><br>I tried something new today. I warmed up a set of hand warmers and popped them in my boots. I took them out right before it was time to leave. When I came back, my feet were still nice and toasty!
Love it!
Thank you! :o)

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