How to Make Reusable Hand Warmers

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Introduction: How to Make Reusable Hand Warmers

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Basic Sewing Skills Required Follow these steps to create simple, microwavable hand warmers with raw rice and fabric scrap. A heart warming homemade stuff, this project can be made with fabric scraps or with inexpensive cloth from the local garment store.

Materials Required forMicrowavable Hand Warmers :-

  • Fabric Scrap
  • Scissor
  • Sewing Thread
  • Sewing Needle
  • Raw Rice
  • Paper ( for Heart Design)
  • Pencil
  • Essential Oil (Optional)

Note:- Be careful with sewing needle, accidentally I pinched my fingers few times and after Microwave Rice Aroma will be surrounded, so add essential oil if you're not okay with smells.

Step 1: Draw Hearts on Paper (Basic Sketching)

Simply make a heart sketch best way to Learn Basic Sketch Designs, it helps to draw anything before making actual layout.

Step 2: Cut Fabric in Heart Shapes

After drawing the piece with the paper heart, draw the exact size on the fabric and cut 4 hearts from it.
Cut 4 Heart pieces and sew in pairs.

Step 3: Basic Sewing Skills

Cut the heart shapes using the paper heart layout and sew the heart shapes in pairs with a up and down stitching pattern at the edges of the fabric.

Step 4: Add Raw Rice

Put rice in the open side of the heart. (A funnel can make this step easier.) Do not overfill - you want to leave enough room to close the last edge. Optional: Add one or two drops of essential oil such as lavender or jasmine to the rice. It will smell good when the hand warmers are heated.

Step 5: Seal It (1/4 of Edge)

Remove the funnel paper backing from the fabric and seal the edges of the heart.

Step 6: Microwave 30 Seconds

For use, heat the hand warmer in the microwave for 30 seconds and it will stay warm for at least 30 minutes. Put one in each coat pocket on each cold day and keep your fingers warm!

Step 7: Temperature Test (Before and After)

Since, I do not have a proper heating device, I came up with the idea of a thermometer to check the temperature, which is pretty lame idea, but still I manged to show measurements, where L (indicates low or temp with no heat) and H (indicates with high with temp with above 105°F).

Step 8: ​Use Them & Gift Them, Happy Winters :)

For use, warm the hand warmer in the microwave for 30 seconds and it will stay warm for at least 30 minutes. Put one in each coat pocket on each cold day and keep your fingers warm!

These little hand warmers make great stuff or small gifts for a large group. Make a set of two and tie them together with ribbon; Add a gift tag with instructions on how to use them.

I hope you enjoyed this instructible and found some inspiration to make your own and if you want to see more great projects you can subscribe to my YouTube Channel Thanks !

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I used to make neck pillows out of rice and buckwheat like this for my stepmoms' yoga classes, they work pretty well :)

I'm assuming that would be pretty heavy :)