July 25, 2012

{Workshop Wednesday} Homemade Hand Warmers

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Its our last week of Workshop Wednesday! 
I can barely believe July is almost over, much less that we're that much closer to Christmas.

But I'm that much closer to being ready for Christmas!

Today I have a great stocking stuffer idea that you can whip up in no time at all. 
Especially if you use my templates and printables! 

So let's get started on making some 
Homemade Hand Warmers! 

Gather some felt that will work with your hand warmers. 

For my templates I have a heart, a football, a ball (basketball, softball, soccer...), and smaller circle, and a top hat. The smaller circle and top hat are for making a snowman! 

Click on arrow in the image above to download the template.

Cut out the templates then use them to cut out the felt. 

You will need 2 pieces of felt of the same shape for each hand warmer.

Go ahead and add any extra embellishment you want to add to the felt. 

For example: I added white felt to the top piece of my football.
Anything you add will need to be completed by sewing. No glue allowed in this project!

Match up your two pieces of felt and begin stitching them together. 

If your pieces don't match exactly (see the arrow above!) just trim them down after sewing the two pieces together. 

Leave a small area unstitched so we can add the filler.

We're going to fill the hand warmers with rice! 

Make a funnel out of a piece of scrap paper and add the rice a little bit at a time.

Use your finger to push the rice into all of the nooks and crannies inside the hand warmer. 

Once its filled (it will take a few tablespoons of rice), go back and finish stitching the hand warmer closed. 

For my heart, I finished the stitch outside the felt by tying the thread into a bow and double knotting it so it won't come apart later after being handled.

I think the snowman may be my favorite! He's just too cute.
I may have to keep him for myself! 

You do want to be sure you have two of each (one for each hand!).
Of course for the sports themed ones you could mix and match them.

I made some cute printables to include with the hand warmers with directions on how to use them.

You definitely want to warn people not to warm these longer than 60 seconds.
It will burn the rice and stink up the house... Trust me!

Also, depending on how full you stuff the hand warmers will affect how long the rice will hold the heat.

Click the arrow on the image above to download the free printable directions.

I used a corner rounder and a little ink to dress up the edges of the printable.

I'm excited to whip up some more of these in other shapes!

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  1. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. These are such cute ideas for stocking stuffers...or for my daughter's classmates...or both!

  3. I've made larger of these, rice bags we call them, to heat and put on aching body parts when a heat pad won't do.

    Yours are cuter though!

  4. Oh my goodness - How cute are these?! I love the idea - and I know just who to make them for! Thanks so much for the templates and the printables too - that makes it super easy!

  5. Oh how cute and what a great gift idea! Thank you for the printable and templates - I will be making these for the winter! LOVE them.

  6. I just discovered your blog and I love it! These are absolutely adorable!

  7. Michele!

    these are so stickin' cute!

    just darling.

  8. These will be perfect for my MIL for Christmas! Thanks for sharing the pattern and the great tag!

  9. wow!! lovin these!!!

    would love it if you could share these on my link party Serenity Saturday @

  10. Those look so cute! Didn't realise it was just rice inside those things. Will definitely be making some handwarmers for Christmas presents!

  11. These are so cute! And what a great idea for a Christmas gift.

    I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:

    Have a great day!

  12. O so cute! and a fun idea!! totally pinned em!:)


  13. These are adorable!! Hope you can link them up at my trendy tuesday party going on right now!!

  14. These are really cute! I love the snowman!

    Visiting from the Whatever Goes Wednesday linky party. :)

  15. Football season is approaching fast! Although...these would make great Christmas presents! Thanks for posting!

  16. What a fantastic tutorial - and a great gift idea! Thanks so much for the printables too!

  17. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Someday Crafts. I will be featuring your tutorial tonight on our blog. Please stop back and and grab a Featured at Someday Crafts Button for your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. What a sweet, easy gift. I will definitely be making these for my perpetually cold-handed mother-in-law :)
    I'd love to have you come link this up on my blog hop:

  19. I love these - such a fun idea and just GORGEOUS!!
    Lowri :-)

  20. I have a large bag that I keep rice in for aches and pains. Such a cute idea to make smaller ones for your pockets!! I need to make some for myself because I always have freezing hands and feet! And I think the snowman one is my favorite too!!!!

  21. These are so much fun! Can I ask what fonts you used for the labels? I love them!

  22. I made these with fleece and when I took them out of the microwave, they're wet! Really wet. Is it the fabric I'm using?

    1. Oh no, Sarah! I'm not sure why that would have happened. I did a little research and found that synthetic fleece would be a no-no to put in the microwave (it can melt!), but cotton fleece should be okay. Did you have the warmer in a baggie or anything that cause the warmer to absorb moisture?

  23. My hand stitching looks like a 10 year old made it, could these be run up on my machine?

  24. Just curious, my hand stitching looks messy, anyone run these up on a sewing machine with success?

    1. Hi Amy! There is no reason you couldn't run these through your machine. Just stop stitching about a half inch from where you started to leave room to insert the rice. You will probably have to finish it off with some hand stitching though.

  25. These are so cute, but I'm having trouble accessing the instructions document to print it out...can you repost it somewhere or link directly to a PDF? Thanks!

    1. Hi Kara! I have updated the post with new download links and instructions. It should all work well now! :)


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