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How to Make Sewn Hand Warmers

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Have you ever gone outside on a snowy day for a snow ball fight?  What is usually the first thing to get cold and drive you indoors?  Okay, the second thing; your hands.  These are really simple hand warmers made fleece and rice.  You heard me, rice. You could use any other grain you have on hand, but I have rice, so rice is what I used.  This Instructable is to teach you How to Make Sewn Hand Warmers. Let’s get started.
 
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Step 1:

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Supplies:
Fleece cut into 4-5 inch squares (two per hand warmer)
Thread
Rotary cutter
Cutting mat
Straight edge
Scissors
Sewing machine
Rice (+/- 6 cups)
¼ c, dry measuring cup

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Cut your fleece (my fleece was left over from another project).  I laid the sleeve out on the mat and using the straight edge and the rotary cutter, cut out squares, and or rectangles.  When you cut out two together, they are a matched set which makes them easy to sew together. 

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You now have a pile of squares to sew, great!  Mass production is a fun, plus you will have some to give as gifts (these would make great stocking stuffers).

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Set up your sewing machine with matching thread (you could use contrasting thread if you want).  Start sewing ¼ inch away from one edge.   *As you approach the other end stop, ¼ inch from the end, back up 3 stitches and come forward three stitches. 

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Leave the needle down in the fleece.  Lift the pressure foot and turn the fleece 90°, so that it is going along the next edge. Put down the pressure foot and sew forward 3 stitches, back up the 3 stitches and then sew forward until you are again ¼ inch from the end.  Repeat from * around the next corner. This process will reinforce the weakest parts of your hand warmers, the corners. Leave one end open.  Now if you want do all the other squares.  I will wait for you.
danlynne071 year ago
i am definitely going to try this now that i know how to sew and its cold. cant wait. thank you for sharing.
these look sooo cozy,I wasn't sure how well the fleece would hold up in the microwave. How long do you put them in there for?
craftknowitall (author)  AlpineButterfly2 years ago
30 seconds, lasts about 1 hour.
Ooh, so how long does the heat last?
craftknowitall (author)  piggleliggle2 years ago
+/- 1 hour Thanks for looking.
I love these. I really like using jasmine rice in them because it smells great. :D
craftknowitall (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Fragrence is important! Thanks for looking!