Make Your Own Rice Bag Hand Warmers plus Free Printable

Good morning! Glad you stopped by today! I have a very simple project for you to make for yourself or as gifts. The holidays are coming!  I’m sure you have seen rice bags around and now you can make it yourself.

Hand Warmer Title

Supplies:

  • small pieces of cotton fabric
  • ruler
  • thread to match and needle
  • sewing machine or fabric glue
  • rice
  • funnel

I always wash my fabric before using it to make sure all the shrinkage is out. Then I cut my pieces into 4 inch squares. You need two matching ones for each hand-warmer, or four for a set.

hand warmer squares

Place your squares right sides together.

hand warmer square right sides together

I sewed my squares together, but you can also use fabric glue. I sewed around the edge, about 1/4 in. seam, leaving about 1 inch open at the end. Be sure to back-stitch the beginning and end so the sewing doesn’t come undone.

hand warmers sewing seam

Turn your square right side out, using the small hole you left open.

hand warmer 1 inch openinghand warmer turn right side out

I use regular long grain rice to fill my bags. I also fill my bags over a large bowl to catch any overflow.

hand warmers cup of rice

I placed the funnel inside the hole in the bag and used about 1/2 cup of rice for each warmer. You don’t want the bag too full or empty. When mine are filled, they lay nice and flat. There are no empty spaces and no bump in the middle.

hand warmer funnel and ricehand warmers pouring rice into baghand warmer filling bag with rice

Once the bags are filled, fold in the open edge and stitch, or glue closed, with coordinating thread.

hand warmer fold in and stitchhand warmer rice stitch close

I tied up each set with baker’s twine an added a small tag with instructions.

hand warmer basket with tag

I’ve included a PDF so you can print your own tags too!  There will be a link at the end of the blog post to click on.

hand warmers in a baskethand warmers rice tag

You can warm these up in the microwave and then place them in your pockets to warm your hands. Sometimes I even place them in my bed to warm the sheets on a cold night. They can be used on sore muscles too. You can also keep them in the freezer for boo-boos or to cool you down when it’s hot. There are so many uses for these cute little bags.

hand warmers in a basket with tagshand warmer rice bag in a basket

Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

hand warmer tags

Hand Warmer Tag Printable

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How to Cover RV Cushions Using Velcro

Good morning! Is everybody back to school? My first day is today! I have to admit, I am a little nervous about how this year is going to go. I have a very full class and just the mixture of kids is going to be interesting. But I will give it everything I can to help these kids learn.

rV cushion title

Last week I showed you my RV makeover. I am so excited about it! It just looks so great! Jump on over here if you missed it. I told you I would  show you the little shortcut I took to cover the cushions. I did sew some straight seams, but you could also use the iron on kind of hem tape or something similar if you don’t sew. I am not much of a sewer, but I can sew a pretty straight seam and then fudge the rest. 🙂 Here are the cushions and the ugly faded curtains before.

rv makeovere table and benches

As you can see above, I had a lot of cushions to cover. The one along the back seat is almost 7 feet long, the width of the trailer. Then there were 3 large seat cushions, 3 small back cushions and the two weird triangle ones in the corners. It took about 10 yards of material to cover them all. I had some pieces left over to  make curtain tie-backs and make a reversible pillow.

I started with the easier rectangle ones. I cut out the fabric about 8 inches larger than the cushion on each side. This gave me enough material to double fold a hem and then fold over the cushion, about 3 inches thick, and then continue onto the back.

RV cushion cover striped fabric

I ironed one fold around the edges and then folded again for a nice clean hem. I am planning on being able to remove these and wash them if needed, so I didn’t want any fraying to happen when washed.

rv cushion makeover hemrv makeover set cushions double hem

I used both sew-on velcro and stick-on velcro. I sewed the velcro onto the edge of the fabric and used the stick-on velcro to put on the back of the cushion. My cushion backs have a vinyl back so it was easy to stick the velcro to it.

rv makeover velcro strip

Once the velcro was sewn on, I folded the long sides up and over to the back of the cushion and matched up the velcro strips, attaching them together.  Then I folded the ends like a present. I found it easier to place the sticky velcro onto the sewn-on velcro and then fold it over to stick to the vinyl.  That way they matched up perfectly.

rv makeover cushion cover folded ends

Here’s how the ends look. Nice and neat!

rv makeover folded cushion cover ends

This is the back of the cushion. I didn’t have them meet all the way in the middle because I wanted to be able to use the vinyl to stick the velcro on. Plus, it’s on the back. Most people are not going to see it when it’s in the trailer.

rv makeover cushion covers with velcrorv makeover striped cushion cover with velcro closure

I’m not even going to show you how I did the triangle ones. They are not pretty at all! I had a terrible time figuring them out, so they are just kind of velcroed everywhere to make them stay. Ha! No one will notice, right?

rv makeover striped cushion covers and curtains

I love how everything came together!! I found my fabric at Hobby Lobby, but I did post some links to Amazon in the first post, here.

rv makeover full view

If you have any additional questions about how I covered the cushions, please don’t hesitate to ask! I’m so glad I took the time to do this project. It made such a huge difference!  Thank you so much for coming by today!

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