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.
- small pieces of cotton fabric
- thread to match and needle
- sewing machine or fabric glue
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.
Place your squares 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.
Turn your square right side out, using the small hole you left open.
I use regular long grain rice to fill my bags. I also fill my bags over a large bowl to catch any overflow.
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.
Once the bags are filled, fold in the open edge and stitch, or glue closed, with coordinating thread.
I tied up each set with baker’s twine an added a small tag with instructions.
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.
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.
Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you all have a wonderful week!