Snowmen and snowball fights are all well and good, but once Jack Frost blows in and the temperature drops for the season, I like to get cozy inside for a busy season of crafting. I particularly enjoy making things that keep me warm—blankets, scarfs, mittens, hand warmers—you name it.
If you’re looking to craft something toasty this winter, consider making your own winter warmers. They’re so simple to make, you can tailor an entire two-piece set in less than fifteen minutes. Because they’re uniquely tiny, you can also use up old fabric scraps you have lying around the house.
When you head outside on cold winter days, warm these up in the microwave and stick them in your pockets. They usually stay warm for most of your family’s playtime and can be reused over and over. They make great eco-friendly gifts to teachers, neighbors, and family friends as well. Here’s how to make your own reusable hand warmers:
What You’ll Need
- Cotton flannel or spare fabric scraps
- Needle and thread or a sewing machine
- Fabric scissors
- Measuring tape
- Uncooked rice (choose a non-GMO, organic brand if possible)
How to Make Them
Start by measuring and cutting your fabric. You will need two 4-inch by 4-inch squares for each hand warmer.
Lay out two squares of fabric, with what will be the insides facing outward. Using a sewing machine or your needle and thread, sew a seam around the perimeter. Leave a one-inch-wide opening on the last side (rather than sewing it shut), so you can fill it with your rice. Then, turn the bag rightside out, and fill it up 3/4 of the way.
From here, fold the edges of the opening inside the bag and pin them together. Sew it closed, being sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. If you’re looking to use them right away, place the bag in the microwave for 20 to 25 seconds. Although they may need to be reheated once they cool, your hand warmers can outlast chemical-based products because no finite reaction needs to take place inside the pouch. So, whether you put winter warmers in your pockets or inside of your mittens, be ready to enjoy a little warmth when outside playing with the kids or walking the dog!
What DIY projects do you like to craft when the weather turns cold? Let us know in the comments below.