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.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Materials Needed

  • 100% cotton fabric
  • peel-and-stick hem tape
  • rice
  • essential oil (optional)
  • scissors
  • pinking shears
  • funnel

Cut Fabric Squares

Cut two 4” squares of fabric.

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Jason Kisner

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. 

Jason Kisner
Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

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.

Jason Kisner
Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Add Rice

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.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Seal It Up

Remove the paper backing from the last piece of hem tape, and seal the final edge of the square.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Trim Edges

Trim the edges with pinking shears to prevent fraying.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

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.

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