Stay warm this fall with homemade hand warmers - HMS National, Inc.

Stay warm this fall with homemade hand warmers

September 30, 2014

Do you find yourself stocking up on one-use hand warmers to bring to fall sporting events and the skating rink? If so, you could definitely benefit from some homemade fabric hand warmers that you can use over and over again. This craft is easy to make and even easier to personalize. In just a few simple steps, you'll create pocket-sized hand warmers that will serve your family for years to come.

To make four hand warmers, you'll need:

  • 9-by-9-inch square of fabric
  • Rice
  • Long pins
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread.


  1. First, cut your fabric into nine 3-by-3-inch squares. You can use any sort of fabric that you'd like, even just scraps that you have on hand. You'll need two squares for each hand warmer, so you'll have one extra that you can save for another day.
  2. Place two squares of fabric together, with the sides you want exposed facing inward. If needed, use pins to hold the fabric in place.
  3. Stitch a 1/4-inch border around three sides and half of the fourth side. Be sure to backstitch the beginning and end of your seam. 
  4. Next, turn the pocket you've made inside out so that the "right" side of your fabric is showing. Fill the pocket 3/4 of the way with rice. 
  5. To finish, use your needle and thread to hand-stitch the remaining opening. Securely tie off the ends. 

Voila! A reusable hand warmer that's cute and cozy. To use these little warming pockets, heat in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds. They'll stay nice and toasty for around 20 minutes. The little packets can also be used as cool packs, just toss them in the freezer for a few hours. It's a great solution for your children's bumps and bruises.

Customization options
Besides changing up the fabric, there are a couple of ways to personalize your hand warmers. One option is to start with your fabric "right" side out and stitch together. With this method, your seams will be exposed and you won't need to flip them inside out. Use pinking shears to trim the edges and prevent fraying. Another popular alteration is to cut your fabric into fun shapes, like hearts or stars. It will be a little more time consuming to cut and stitch different shapes and will use more fabric. However, the final product will be twice as cute.

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