With Winter approaching you will notice the days are getting colder and you're hands will be too. Instead of resorting to holding a hot drink in a mug or putting your hands in your pockets, why not to try to make your own hand warmer.
You only need a few materials to make one so they won't cost you a fortune, and they can be personalised with different decorations so you could even give them out as gifts.
If you're interested in making one, here are the simple steps you need to take to learn how to DIY hand warmers using rice.
The Materials You Need to Make DIY Hand Warmers Using Rice
- Soft, warm, cotton fabric
- Rice (not instant)
- Fabric pen or pencil
- Sewing machine (Optional)
- Needle and thread
- Funnel (Optional)
Step 1: Cutting the Fabric
You first need to decide the size and shape of your DIY hand warmers. The easiest shapes you can create are a rectangle or a square, but if you want to be more creative why not try a heart or flower. We recommend making hand warmers that are four inches high by four inches wide, but if it is a rectangle it should be four inches high by five inches wide. Depending on how comfortable you are at cutting fabric freehand, we suggest drawing your shape onto the material using a fabric pen, so you can easily cut around the outline to create a perfect shape. For each hand warmer you need to cut two pieces of fabric which are the same shape and size.
Step 2: Decorating Your Hand Warmers
There are several ways you can decorate your hand warmers. Fabric pens are an easy way to decorate them with patterns and shapes, but you can also stitch additional fabric, buttons or ribbons onto them. If you want to create something different to a standard shape, why not try making a hand warmer in the shape of an animal. Owl hand warmers are really popular and you only need to trace and cut out a small owl shape onto the fabric and stitch some features such as eyes and a beak onto the material. You could even make themed hand warmers for different holidays, such as Christmas, by cutting out the shape of a gingerbread man in fabric and stitching eyes, a mouth and buttons on him. The possibilities are endless.
Step 3: Sewing the Fabric
After cutting out your material, you need to pin together the two pieces of fabric for each hand warmer you are making. Use a sewing machine or needle and thread to stitch the fabric together but make sure you sew the seams at least a quarter of an inch away from the edge of the fabric. Depending on the design of your hand warmer you need to either leave one of the sides of your shape unstitched or have at least an inch gap along the seam.
Once you have completed your stitching and turn the fabric inside out so you can't see the stitches.
Step 4. Fill the Hand Warmers
You now need to fill up your DIY hand warmers using rice. White rice tends to be better than brown, as when you heat up brown rice it can sometimes have an unpleasant smell. Fill your hand warmers with four to five tablespoons of rice. If you have a funnel this will make it easier for you to fill them and you won't risk spilling rice and making any mess. Once the hand warmer is filled, fold the end of the seams inwards and pin them to prevent rice getting near the area where you will be sewing. Then either use a sewing machine or needle and thread to stitch the gap up. If you don't want the seam to be noticeable try and find thread which is the same colour as the fabric.
Step 5. Heat up Your Hand Warmers
Hand warmers don't take too long to heat up, and only need 30 seconds to a minute in the microwave. Alternatively you can place them on a radiator for five or 10 minutes to heat them. The heat from your DIY hand warmers using rice should last for at least an hour.