How to Sew A Rice Hand Warmer is a blog post about how you can easily sew a rice hand warmer. #howto #ricehandwarmers
How to Sew A Rice Hand Warmer
This can be a very Inexpensive and cheap thing to make and uses up some of those scrap fabric remnants!
You can make just one, but most are are sold in pairs (as in two hand warmers) one for each hand!
Items needed per hand warmer (one hand warmer)
- 12 +/- teaspoons of rice (¼ cup) rice (uncooked, dry)
- Two – 4 inch squares of 100% cotton fabric
- 100% cotton thread
- Measuring spoon or cup
- Chop stick
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Ruler to cut and measure
- Marking pencil
- Sewing pins or sewing clips (optional)
- Sewing machine (or hand sew)
- Sewing needle
Note: Your fabric and thread must be 100% cotton! If you use any thing else it could melt, burn or catch fire more easily.
1. Cut your 100% cotton fabric Into 4 inch squares. You’ll need 2 per hand warmer. (4 for a pair)
If you want them bigger or smaller adjust to the size needed. I don’t think you want them any smaller!
2. Match both the right sides of the fabric together. (Showing the wrong side of the fabric)
3. Mark a slit at the top center. (1-1½ inches).
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This slit is used both to turn out right the hand Warner and fill with rice)
4. Sew around the piece, leaving around an inch for the turn out. (Don’t forget to do back stitching)
You can use chop sticks to do this. Don’t poke too hard or you can puncture holes in the hand warmer. Pushing out all the corners!
5. Fill the hand warmer with rice.
Use a funnel to do this. That chop stick can also help push the rice down the funnel.
Do not fill it all the way either, you will need room to sew and allow the rice to move around d too.
If you go really, really slow you might not need the chopstick.
Also adjust the amount of rice based on the size you are making.
6. Sew along the top making sure to sew the slit.
Now you can enjoy the hand warner by microwaving for 20 seconds. I do not recommend microwaving more than that. Use caution as these do get hot.
Did you know, you can put these in the freezer and use as a cooling pack too!
Also do not use any metallic fiber thread, fabric or batting as those are dangerous in the microwave.
Rice can give off a smell. People add essential oils to help with that.
Just remicrowave when needed.
They say they last 15-20 minutes heat wise. But that can depend on how cold it is outside too.
Do not leave rice hand warmers unattended in microwave oven and do not heat longer than the recommended time.
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