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As Seen On Today’s ‘Take Five’ Craft Segment: Flannel Hand Warmer How-to

It’s been a super cold winter here in West Michigan which has inspired me to make some cozy crafts like these microwavable flannel hand warmers to warm up my family and friends. This is an easy project and perfect for using up those tiny scraps of flannel in your stash. Read on for directions.

Supplies:

Flannel scraps (I cut mine in 2 1/5″ x 5″ strips for warmers to slip in my gloves and made 2 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ inch strips for the pocket sized version.)

Rice (You won’t need much for these. A cup or two will make several little warmers.)

Plastic funnel (or a piece paper folded into a funnel shape)

sewing machine

needle and thread

1) Fold your flannel strips in half with right sides facing. Start on the fold and sew along cut edge, leaving about a 1 1/4″ opening to turn the piece right side out.

2) Clip the corners and turn right side out.

3) Use your funnel to fill with rice, and use a needle and thread to sew the opening closed.

4) Heat warmers for 30 seconds to a minute and then slip into your gloves or pockets before you head out into the cold.

Comments

Comment from Rachel
Time: January 23, 2009, 4:50 pm

It’s been REALLY cold here too, I could use these! Thanks for the idea, I’ll be linking.

Comment from Turtle
Time: January 23, 2009, 9:37 pm

Not sure why i have not thought of making these portable before! But why not!!?? I make these using flax seeds and lavendar (and peppermint) for neckwarmers at the spa for clients, but perfect for my morning commute on the ferry for my hands or feet!

Comment from raebeth
Time: January 24, 2009, 7:58 am

I’ve also made them to relax the neck & inserted a “tension tamer” teabag. It fells wonderful!

Comment from Kathleen
Time: January 24, 2009, 8:11 pm

What a great and simple idea! You’re not kidding that its been a cold winter. I’m in Ann Arbor and its been colder than I can remember recent winters being. Thanks for the idea! I’ll be making these from old sweaters.

Comment from Erin
Time: January 25, 2009, 4:16 pm

Fabulous…portable would be fabulous…don’t know why I didn’t think of them. Man, I love the internet and blogs!

Comment from Mindy
Time: January 26, 2009, 3:07 pm

What a great idea! These are much cuter than those dollar convenience store hand warmers and more eco-friendly. These will definitely come in handy for the rest of this Chicago winter…

Comment from Kathleen
Time: January 26, 2009, 9:47 pm

I made mine yesterday and used them this morning in the -3 degree F weather. Kept my hands warm for a long time. Then the car finally warmed up!

Comment from josie
Time: February 6, 2009, 2:11 pm

wow! great idea! i would love to try it out!

Comment from lulu
Time: December 8, 2009, 12:47 am

Today was the first really cold day we’ve had this winter — it’s Phoenix though, so I won’t make you laugh by telling you what my idea of “really cold” is. It was the perfect day to teach the kids at the teen center how to make these. They loved them and were amazed that the rice would stay warm for so long. I love it when the boys get into things like sewing. Thanks for the great idea and the toasty warm hands!

Comment from casininio
Time: January 10, 2010, 9:18 am

Cute design for winter nights i loved it!

Comment from eurograndbet
Time: May 11, 2010, 3:19 am

It’s been freezing here lately, I could use these! thanks for the great idea

Comment from Tommy Hilfiger flip flops
Time: July 12, 2010, 7:08 am

Nice idea! Very simple and so wonderful. I’ll try it! Thanks Jannifer!

Comment from Pifa
Time: November 21, 2010, 9:09 pm

It’s been winter here, I could use these! Thanks for your great idea!

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Time: October 24, 2013, 8:45 am

Today was the first really cold day we’ve had this winter — it’s Phoenix though, so I won’t make you laugh by telling you what my idea of “really cold” is

Comment from marvel avengers alliance hack illimite
Time: October 24, 2013, 8:46 am

ed them and were amazed that the rice would stay warm for so long. I love it when the boys get into things like sewing. Thanks for the great idea and the toasty warm hands!

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