Tutorial: Quick & Easy Hand Warmers

Apparently, this year, November is my slacker month, so I apologize for the lack of posts lately.

This should be a short one too.  I have a friend who asked me to make some rice-filled hand warmers for her recently.  They were super easy, and a wonderful stash busting project.  I may make some more to give away during the holidays.


You Will Need:

1.  A 2 lb. bag of non-instant long grain rice

2.  Scrap fabric

3.  Funnel (only if you are clumsy or messy)


I went through my stash of scrap fabric and tried to find pieces that complimented one another, as I had decided to do two different fabrics for the front and back of the hand warmers.  Once you have your fabric, you’re ready to go!

1.  I used my rotary cutter to make just slightly rectangular cuts of fabric.  No real need to measure here, but double up the fabrics you intend to place together so they match well.


2.  Right sides together, place two pieces together and straight stitch the three sides, leaving one side open.  Make sure to reinforce your stitches at the beginning and end!  I did all of the stitching at once, for all 10 of the hand warmers I was making.

3.  Turn your hand warmer pouches inside out.


4.  Using a funnel, or if you are talented enough (I am not in case you couldn’t tell from the rice all over the table), just pour from the bag, insert rice into the fabric pouches.  Fill them about 3/4 full, so that you have enough space to close them.

5.  Fold in the side that is open and stitch the hand warmer closed.


Voila!  Toss one in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and then enjoy warming your hands.  You can pretty easily extend this project to make neck or back warmers with more fabric and rice! With the holidays coming up, I feel like these would make wonderful stocking stuffers. Enjoy!


2 comments for “Tutorial: Quick & Easy Hand Warmers

  1. Ben
    November 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    This is an awesome idea, and one that I can probably make at my current skill level!

    • November 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Hahaha! You might even get a skill up from it! Unless you spill all the rice like me …


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