How to Make No-Sew, Reusable Hand Warmers
No sewing skills needed: Follow these steps to whip up easy, microwavable hand warmers using peel-and-stick hem tape. A great stocking stuffer, this project can be made with fabric scraps from previous projects or with inexpensive remnants from the craft store.
- 100% cotton fabric
- peel-and-stick hem tape
- essential oil (optional)
- pinking shears
Cut Fabric Squares
Cut two 4” squares of fabric.
Add Hem Tape
On the back of one fabric square, cut and adhere hem tape around all four sides, forming a square. Leave about ¼” of fabric around the outside edges of the tape.
Adhere Fabric Squares
On three sides of the square, remove the paper backing from the hem tape. Carefully line up the other fabric square on top, then press down to adhere.
Pour rice into the open side of the square. (A funnel can make this step easier.) Don’t overfill – you want to leave enough room to close the last edge. Optional: Add one or two drops of essential oil to the rice, such as lavender or peppermint. It'll smell great when the hand warmers are heated.
Seal It Up
Remove the paper backing from the last piece of hem tape, and seal the final edge of the square.
Trim the edges with pinking shears to prevent fraying.
Use Them + Gift Them
To use, heat the hand warmer in the microwave for 30 seconds, and it'll stay warm for at least 30 minutes. Pop one in each coat pocket on a chilly day and keep your fingers toasty!
These little hand warmers make great stocking stuffers or small gifts for a large group. Make a set of two and tie them together with ribbon; include a gift tag with instructions on how to use them.