Rice hand warmers are quick to sew, affordable, and make wonderful gifts for the holidays. This tutorial will show you how to create them in a few easy steps.
Pop them in the microwave for a less than a minute. The rice will stay warm for a few hours. Place the hand warmers in your coat pockets to stay toasty during sporting events, parades, or just enjoying the outdoors.
Supplies for Rice Hand Warmers
Most fabrics will work for rice hand warmers, as long as they are not flammable. Flannel is a good choice for adding an additional element of warmth to the project. It doesn’t take much fabric, so grab some fat quarters or scraps from another project. Plain, white rice is best for holding heat.
How to Sew Rice Hand Warmers
To begin, cut four 5.5″ x 6″ squares from your fabric. A rotary cutter and cutting mat with acrylic ruler make this step fast and easy, especially if you are sewing multiple sets.
Next place two fabric squares together with the right sides facing out and pin or clip to hold.
Now sew around the sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a 2″ opening in one side. You will be able to see the stitches, so use thread in a color that coordinates with your fabric.
Fill the opening with rice until the fabric pocket is halfway filled. Then continue sewing the close.
Repeat with the remaining squares to make a complete set of hand warmers.
To use, place the rice hand warmers in the microwave for 45 seconds. Then slip them in your pockets for hours of warmth.
Don’t foget to pin this project for later, and check out some more simple sewing projects to make for gifts.
Sew Rice Hand Warmers
How to sew rice hand warmers
- Cut 4 squares at 5.5" x 6".
- Put 2 squares together, right sides facing out.
- Pin or clip in place.
- Sew with 1/2" seam allowance.
- Leave 2" hole.
- Fill hole halfway with rice.
- Sew to close.
Flannel works best for an added layer of warmth.
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Brother Sewing Machine, XM2701, Lightweight Sewing Machine with 27 Stitches
Grabbit Magnetic Sewing Pincushion with 50 Plastic Head Pins, Blue
Fiskars 12-83727097J Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat, 24x36 Inch
Fiskars Classic Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter (45mm), 1, steel and orange