Winter is just beginning, but these little hand warmers are always great to have around! Besides, this gives you time to plan on sewing a few extra for Christmas.
Do It Yourself (DIY) Hand Warmers
- Fabric (you can use any type. Cotton works great, personally I like flannel)
- Ceramic Pie Weights
- Needle and Thread
- Cut the fabric into a rectangle. You can use any size that you want. I use a 5″ x 10″ rectangle and the final hand warmer is four and a half inches square. Keep in mind that you will cut the fabric in one layer and you will have to fold it when you sew so the size will be cut in half. Leave some space for the stitching as well.
- Fold the fabric so the two front sides of the fabric are facing each other and stitch two of the unfolded sides as if you were going to make a pillow or a bean bag. It will be faster if you use a sewing machine, but it is not necessary.
- Flip the fabric inside out. You now have a piece that looks like a bag.
- Fill the bag with Ceramic Pie Weights. Rice will also work, but I like pie weights more for the hand warmers (they warm up easier and stay warm longer vs. the rice and they are harder to burn.
- Stitch the bag closed.
- Warm them in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until it reaches the desired temperature. This usually takes me 1.5-2 minutes, but the actual time will depend on your own microwave.
You can make 18 hand warmers out of a yard of fabric ($2-$7) and 4-8 bags using the package of pie weights from Amazon. ($6). So if you are looking for amounts here is a guide:
- 1 yard of fabric, 1 package of pie weights = approximately 6 warmers for $10
- 1 yard of fabric, 2 packages of pie weights = approximately 12 warmers for $16
- 1 yard of fabric, 3 packages of pie weights = approximately 18 warmers for $22
- 2 yards of fabric, 4 packages of pie weights = approximately 24 warmers for $28
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