DIY Pocket Hand Warmers

The full tutorial for making these hand warmers is below, but if don’t want to make a pair yourself, I’ll make one for you! You can find these hand warmers in my Etsy shop here! UPDATE: These hand warmers are now on sale for up to 15% off through 4/30/15! See details below.

The weather here is starting to get COLD! So I decided to make some pocket hand warmers for my husband. These little guys were easy to make, and they work great!

DIY Pocket Hand Warmers

Actually, I made two pairs because it was so quick and easy, so I have a pair too! You just pop these guys in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds and they stay nice and warm for about 20 minutes (with the whole kernel corn they stay warm for twice as long)!

I got the idea to make these from a photo I saw on Pinterest of someone holding two heart-shaped hand warmers made out of ivory fleece. The picture led to an Etsy shop, but there was no tutorial. So I created my own!

Microwaveable Hand Warmers

Here’s what you need:

  • flannel or fleece
  • whole kernel corn (not cracked corn, not popcorn; you can find whole kernel corn at feed stores)

NOTE: Don’t use felt! A lot of craft store felt is polyester, and it will melt in your microwave! Don’t do it!

Cut out two heart shapes from your fabric. With the right sides of the fabric facing out, stitch around the edges, leaving about a 1/2 inch open. It doesn’t really matter where you leave the opening; mine is on the right side near the point of the heart.

DIY Pocket Hand Warmers

Then pour in the corn kernels through the opening. You want the little heart to be full, but not completely stuffed.

DIY Pocket Hand Warmers

I used a funnel cuz my aim is no good. 🙂 I made the first pair with plain white rice, but it turns out that the whole kernel corn works much better and holds the heat a lot longer!

Once the heart is full, stitch the opening closed and you’re finished!

Alternatively, you can stitch a pair inside out so that the raw edges are hidden. The idea is the same, but if you want to hide the raw edges, make sure to put your hearts right side facing in before you start stitching. Still leave a 1/2 inch opening and turn it inside out through the opening. Then fill it and stitch it closed and you’re done!

DIY Pocket Hand Warmers

I like the hidden edges, and JM likes the raw edges, so now we each have a pair of hand warmers! And they’re perfect for our walk to the El in the mornings. Microwave them on high for 30-45 seconds and then stick them in your pockets. They’ll keep your hands and your pockets warm for 20-30 minutes!

NOTE: Don’t microwave them for longer than 45 seconds. JM totally burnt a hole through one of his hand warmers because he put it in for a full minute. They are tiny and 45 seconds will get them almost too hot to touch, so you definitely don’t need to go any longer!

DIY Pocket Hand Warmers

These guys make the perfect gift for anyone facing a cold winter. You have tons of choices about the shape, size, and which fabric you use, and you can totally customize them. You could also make a bigger version and use it as a hot pad for sore muscles, or to heat up the foot of your bed before you go to sleep (that’s not just me, right?). So versatile!

What’s your weather like? Would you use a pair of hand warmers? I kinda want to figure out how to attach them to a scarf or pair of earmuffs to keep my face warm!

UPDATE: These hand warmers are now on sale!!! Use code 10OFF2PAIRS to get 10% off any purchase of two or more pairs, or use code 15OFF3PAIRS to get 15% off any purchase of three or more pairs! Coupon valid through 4/30/15.

If you want to purchase a pair of these little guys, you can do so here in my Etsy shop!

 

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Cheyenne says

    8 years ago

    OH, nothing says warm & cozy quite like plaid! Love the lil’ heart shaped warmers…and I’m sure your husband did too! Thanks for sharing it with the world! 🙂

    • Jessi says

      8 years ago

      Yep! He was really excited that I had some of that plaid fabric left over, he loves plaid!

  2. Christine says

    8 years ago

    OMG!! SO cute!!! Love this idea!! I need some for the cold weather that’s coming 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

  3. Crystelle says

    8 years ago

    They are super cute!
    What a terrific idea as a little gift for someone!

    Thanks so much!
    hugs ~ Crystelle

  4. Alicia @ life by mom says

    8 years ago

    Ever cute! These will be great for my son in the winter I’m going to try making them oval shape so he can put it inside his mitts! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Heidi says

    8 years ago

    LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing, what an easy, fun little Christmas gift this would make 🙂

  6. Nici ~ Posed Perfection says

    8 years ago

    Sew cute! (I couldn’t resist.) I love this idea. I’ll be making some of these real soon. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Blessings,
    Nici

    • Jessi says

      8 years ago

      Lol! I’d love to see photos when you finish!

  7. Michele says

    8 years ago

    We could use these…the weather has turned quite cold the last couple of days. Such a great idea…my Mom would LOVE these!! Just found your blog via Say Not Sweet Anne and became your most recent follower (: Can’t wait to come back for more posts…Hope you have a lovely week!!

    Michele xoxo
    The Homesteading Cottage

  8. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says

    8 years ago

    These are too cute! I’m totally pinning these and making some for my parents in NY and sister in PA. Even though I live in FL now, I still have cold hands a lot, so maybe I can even use some. Found you at the Sweet Sharing Monday linky party. Cheers!

    • Jessi says

      8 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by Lauren! I’m a bit bummed that my parents and my in-laws all live in CA (and it’s definitely not cold there ever!), but I can make some for our Midwestern friends and family, so it will still work out 🙂 I’d love to see photos if you end up making some!

  9. sara says

    8 years ago

    Jessi, I love your plaid version of the heart hand warmers and your photos are lovely! Sara of WormeWoole.com

    • Jessi says

      8 years ago

      Thanks Sara, and thanks so much for the inspiration! I love the idea of tiny little heart hand warmers 🙂

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