Monday, December 13, 2010

Pocket Hand Warmers

I have been making these simple pocket hand warmers as gifts for Christmas after seeing that my sweet sister, Charity was sewing a few.

They make the perfect added "little something" to stockings, as a hostess gift, or even for classmates!
My daughter, Lily, who is 7, can sew one with just a little help.
They seriously only take minutes to make!

To make them, I cut two pieces of fabric 5 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches.
You could use flannel, cotton, or even a poly blend...just as long as the fabric "breathes" a little. 
I used a cotton and a flannel.

Sew right sides together and leave an opening at one end.
Turn right side out, make a paper cone to insert into the opening and fill with flax seed, barley, rice, or hulled corn.
Just estimate how full you would like it to be.
I like mine to have a little wiggle room:). 

I tried hulled corn this time {thanks, Cheech!}
You can buy it at the feed store and it seems to hold heat a bit longer.
It will pop though if you microwave it too long!
For this size, 30 seconds per hand warmer is perfect.

If you are using rice, you could add a pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon, or lavender to scent the bags.

Sew the open end up and you are finished.
I am going to include a little card with instructions to heat both warmers in the microwave for 1 minute.
They are really a cozy addition to coat pockets on a cold Winter's day!


Sharing this tutorial HERE


Lunsford Family said...

Okay...because I'm new to sewing...the actual making of the item is straight forward but what material do you use? Flannel, cotton, ???? thanks! A

Stef said...

Julia! You are on a roll!! Love all the homemade goodies you're coming up with. I did some pocket warmers for a friend a couple years ago, I think I used a thrift store wool sweater. I had to hunt down little ceramic pie weights, which weren't cheap, but held heat well. You're so right, Martha has the BEST crafts (that's where I found my instructions back then, anyway)!!! I'm adding the snowmen to my list, too.

Julia said...

Ara, I added information on which fabric to use. I am sorry I didn't have that on there, but most fabrics will work fine. I like cotton or flannel!


Anonymous said...

What a fun idea!! Thank you for sharing.

Robin {keephomesimple} said...

Seriously LOVE this idea! I never thought of making a small version of these for hand warmers! What a perfect gift idea! Thanks so much for sharing this cute/practical idea!!!

Pamela said...

Love the idea of the handwarmers. I have a long one made from a sock that we use frequently. The hand warmer is such a sweet idea--love your choice of fabrics.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I love this--perfect for Montana. Thanks for sharing!

KimMalk said...

Hi Julia, I'm horribly sorry to just be getting over here now. Thank you so much for linking. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas - Blessings, Kim!

Iron Girl!! said...

Oh, these are wonderful! Love the idea and am saving it to my list of ideas for next Christmas. Thank you for the follow on my blog! Love your blog. :)

Lisa said...

Just came across your blog. Very sweet! Love this idea and will plan to sew a few for Christmas gifts. :)

Christen said...

Found you on Pinterest and I love this tutorial! I made a bunch of these hand warmers for Christmas presents. Thanks so much!

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Anonymous said...

If you don't have a microwave, can you put them in the oven instead? if so, for how long?

TrixieJo302 said...

Hello! I see that today is this posts 2nd birthday so I hope you see this question. I was planning on making some hand warmers as a gift this Christmas but have found a lot of conflicting information about them. Have you had the problem with the rice smelling badly after microwaving it a few times? I've read that ceramic pie weights catch the fabric on fire?? Please help, it's 11 days until Christmas and I have a stash of pie weights at the ready but now am afraid to give these. Thanks in advance for any advice you have.

Denise said...

would these work adding scents like the other warmer you showed? I think it would be nice to have a little fragrance with these. Has anyone tried these with essential oils?

Anonymous said...

I thought I'd make pairs of owl hand warmers to give to my friends but I'm wondering if it would be okay to use fabric from socks? Some people say it's okay but some people say it will melt? I'm quite new to sewing so I don't know about different materials too much. These are great though. I don't mind who answers really.

Anonymous said...

The fabric has to be 100% cotton, anything else might ruin your microwave.

Judithnebel4 said...

Thanks! Good to know!

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