Thursday, January 16, 2014

Toasty Hand Warmers

Hello lovely friends!
I trust your week is going well - the weekend is just around the corner :)
Today my sweet hubby and I rejoice in the fact that we have been in our new home 
for a whole week - hallelujah!
We are certainly enjoying it
and I am definitely having fun "fluffin' and featherin'" as a dear friend of mine would say.
I finally managed to get the Internet working
and I thought it was high time for a post on the blog.


I have seen these charming hand warmers around
and thought I would make my son and myself some since I am always cold!
They work like a charm and are just too cute :)
They are also a cinch to put together.

Here is what you will need to make some for yourself or a little one...

scrap fabric
rice
thread
sewing machine or needle
scissors
measuring tape

Cut four pieces of fabric that is 4 x 4 inches.


Place right sides together and sew along the edge (I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance)
Leave a small opening for turning the square right side out.


Before you turn the square right side out, you may want to trim the corners.


Now turn the square right side out and press with an iron.

Fill the square with rice.


~*~ I added a few drops of orange citrus essential oil to my rice 
for a calming scent when I heat the warmers up ~*~


Sew the opening closed.


Normally I would hand sew it closed so that the seam wouldn't show, 
but for this I am just using the machine.


Heat the hand warmers in the microwave for about 45 seconds to 1 minute
and you're ready to keep your hands cozy and warm.
Or according to my son, you can keep your face warm by holding them on your cheeks :)


Cute giraffes for my little man :)



May each one of you have a beautiful weekend.
It's a joy to my heart to read your kind comments - thank you for being a blessing!

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53 comments:

Sarah Covey said...

These look easy and useful! I will have to try them!
~Sarah

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Stephanie, these look so nice and pretty. You did a great job sewing them! Have a nice day and weekend.
Julie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so happy you are enjoying your new home. What a blessing. And what a fun project...cute fabric makes these special! Hugs!

Billie Jo said...

Stephanie...you are amazing!

These are beautiful and purposeful...

So glad you are settled in to your new home. Just in time for some cozy winter days! : )

Simply Linda said...

What a nifty idea!! Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on moving & surviving such a ordeal. (big smiles)--welcome back to blogging. You have been missed. Blessings

camp and cottage living said...

Stephanie
I've never heard of these before, but what a great idea!
I love the sweet giraffe for your little guy.
Are you getting settled in your new home now?
Blessings to you-Kimberly

Olga said...

Hi Stephanie, congrats on your new home.
The hand warmers are a great idea, and the ones you made are super cute.

magnolias+tea said...

Yay for settling in your new home and getting the internet going. Those handwarmers are really cute. Love those giraffes for your son. :)

Anne Payne said...

These are awesome, Stephanie! I will be making some of these because I always have ice cold hands :)

Sylvia said...

Nice, I enjoy seeing all the crafts you do. This is a good one and so useful on these cold days.

Blackberry Lane said...

Adorable hand warmers, Stephanie. I have a neck rice pack that I heat up for long drives in the car. Feels great!
Congrats on one week in your home.

Debbie Harris said...

Oh Stephanie! Those are a great idea, and they would be so easy to make for those of us that don't quite have the"touch" :-)
Those would be a wonderful gift for grandma Dee, she always has cold hands and feet.
I loved the idea of using them on your cheeks. :-)
I'm happy you are getting back into the swing of things, and enjoying your new home in the process.
Have a beautiful day!
Much love

linda eller said...

I think I came to your blog while you were moving. Congratulations on your new home and getting settled. Love the little hand warmers and I sure need one right this minute. Thanks for instructions too.

donna said...

I am so happy for y'all that you are in your new home. How exciting. Your hand warmers are a great idea. I think it is colder in our house than it is outside right now.
Hugs
donna

Laura said...

Dear sweet Stephanie! I am so glad to hear that you are beginning to "settle in" to your new "nest"! I'm sure that there is much to do...but all so exciting and new! I am praying for many happy memories in your new home...surrounded by His love.

Your hand warmers are just the "thing" for this chilly winter! I make a similar item out of flannel (just a bit bigger) which we put between the sheets down by our feet on cold winter nights...ooooooh, it just feels so wonderful!

Hope you have a very blessed weekend, dear one!
Hugs,
Laura

Delisa said...

Hi Stephanie! What a great project, thank you for sharing the instructions. I am definitely going to sit down at my sewing machine and make some of these. What I usually do is take a new tube sock, fill it with rice and a bit of lavender oil. Then I tie the end into a knot. Two minutes in the microwave makes a wonderfully warm neck wrap, but I like the idea of these little hand warmers. They are great gifts. Congratulations again on your new home. I know it won't be long before it feels all snug and cozy. With Love, Delisa :)

Red Rose Alley said...

Stephanie,
Oh, I've never heard of these hand warmers before - it must be something new! I am so glad that you are enjoying your new home. It's always nice to settle into a place that gives us so much comfort. I would love to see pictures of your new house sometime.

Have a peaceful weekend, my sweet friend.

Love,
~Sheri

Merlesworld said...

Not needed here at at he moment but they are sweet little things maybe in winter.
Merle...............

Gail Dixon said...

Years ago a dear friend made this same thing, but larger, for my back. I still have it and whenever I warm it up, it smells like fresh baked bread to this day. And I always think of her. So glad to hear you're in your house and loving it. :)

Natalie said...

Stephanie what a great idea you've given me!! Two of my grandkids suffer from "growing pains" and they have rice bags to put on but I just may have to get some cute fabric and make some new ones for them! Thanks for the inspiration. God bless and congrats on the new home.

Teri said...

Dear Stephanie ... so nice to hear from you ... so happy that you are getting all settled in ... love the pretty hand warmers. I hope that you have a wonderful warm and cosy evening! Warmest Blessings ♥ Teri

Jazzmin said...

Congratulations on being in your new home!! I am so happy for you and your family :)
I'm sure it is also exciting to have a new crafting space to decorate and create in. What sweet fabrics you used- I love your handwarmers. Such a neat idea to sew these and so sweet that you made your son his own pair with that fun fabric.

I pray you are having a blessed week and having a wonderful winter!

Love and hugs dear friend♥
~Jazzmin

Melanie said...

Perfect timing, it's going to be so cold this weekend. Hand warmers will be appreciaited. Thanks for sharing, will make some tonight!

Maggie Ann said...

This is such a good idea! I have made these in past times longer....to take to bed with me. I too am always cold. I will have to try making your 'hand-warmers'. Such a nice excuse to use up delightful bits of fabric I've been hanging on to for who knows how long. Good for you, getting to move into your new home. I hope the Lord blesses in every way.

Sherri B. said...

Oh Stephanie, I can't tell you how pleased I am that you are finally in your home. You must be having so much fun putting it all together dreaming of all the things you can do to put your special touches on your "Home Sweet Home".

Love your hand warmers..such a perfect idea to keep those hands warm. Thanks for sharing another easy project.

Much love to you and your sweet family. xo

Karen said...

Congratulations on your new home! These hand warmers are a fabulous idea with the cold temperatures we're having in KC!!

vintage grey said...

Congratulations on being in your new home! So exciting! Darling hand warmers! Wishing you a wonderful week! xo Heather

Desarae said...

These are sweet! :) I love the idea of adding the orange essence to it! I bet they smell wonderful. Yay! I'm so glad to hear that you are moved in and able to start enjoying your new home! Praise the Lord. :)

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

My hands always seem to be cold, too! What a great idea. I can't believe you managed to fit in a project of this caliber whilst moving in. Hope you're enjoying all the "newness." XOXO

Brenda said...

What a lovely idea Stephanie,
My sewing machine is sulking at the moment because I have not used it for a long time. Time to get it out I think.

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Hi Stephanie, So very happy that you're in your new home. "he makes all things beautiful in HIS time". I like your fabric prints. I've made something similar and filled with flaxseed. Store in the freezer and use as owie pouches for the kids. They can also be heated in the microwave. Or... these little packs can be used as bean bags for the kids. Dual purposes. Love your prints. ~ Abby

Sola Scriptura said...

What a fun project. These would make a lovely little present to give a friend. Thanks for sharing.

Gill said...

These look great for the children to slip into their boots for a few minutes before going outside too. Then they can have them in their pockets to warm their hands. I think I had better get sewing! thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

Stephanie, thank you for your visit to Thinking About Home and for leaving your sweet words.

What a great idea! I am thinking that this would make a great little project for my 12-year-old. She loves to do projects that have quick, pretty results. (Come to think of it, so do I!)

Kelly_Deal said...

Your handwarmers are so cute Stephanie! I also like the idea of adding the citrus oil. I bet it smells heavenly!

Robyn said...

Oh, I'm so happy for you getting settled in your new home, Stephanie! You must be over the moon. Those hand warmers are adorable and my hands are always cold too! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. Enjoy your new home!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Never thought to make hand warmers....I have one that I made years ago with cow corn as a warm compress for my neck and wherever else...works great! Your hand warmers are precious!

Mindy Whipple said...

Great idea and so cute too! Nothing better than a hand warmer on a cold day.

Hope said...

Hello dear Stephanie,

I am so glad to hear that you are up and running again. Nice to have you back.

These are very pretty little hand warmers; I have never heard of them before, but they look like a great idea.

Happy Weekend!
:)Hope

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Now that is a great idea! I hope to get better about sewing when I get all moved!

Maryann said...

So happy you are settling in your new home. Love the hand warmers. I am not a great seamstress but I can sew a straight line. These are so cute and I am sure practical

Conniecrafter said...

Such pretty fabrics! I have seen these too, I will have to make one so that while I am on the computer I can keep my clicking hand warm, I bet your son liked to have his own out of his fun fabric. Did you happen to use regular or instant rice?

living from glory to glory said...

Hello Stephanie,
This is such a cute idea! I have a couple of those but only much larger, for using on the back. So these would fit nicely, in our gloves!
Have a wonderful Sunday!
Blessings, Roxy

Maria said...

What a sweet idea! And, those hand warmers would be toasty and warm on a cold winter day! Love the pretty fabric you used and cute giraffes, too! Take care and stay warm, hugs!

Nina said...

Such a great idea to use these lovely bags as hand warmers! When our boys were toddlers, I did sew small handles to these rice bags, and they loved to play with them. I might do one, and put some lavendel oil, and put it beside my pillow in the evening - the lavender scent is just so relaxing.
So happy you're enjoying your new house and settling in!
Enjoy the weekend,
Nina

kitty said...

What a sweet idea, dear friend! I have made neck warmers, which I also use on my feet!!
I'm so happy for you being in your new home. What joy! I know you're making it all warm and cozy for your family.
Love you!
p.s. For some reason, I didn't get your post emailed to me like I normally do. xo

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

I love these. Thank you for showing me how to do this with rice! Would make nice sachets with different scents I would think. All sorts of possibilities for fabrics and prints. Hugs, Beverly

Libby said...

Yum! Orange handwarmers. I bet they smell delightful. I'm like your son though. I would probably put them on my face too. Congrats on being in your new home!

SarahGeorge said...

Dear Stephanie,
So nice to see your posts once again :). The hand warmers are pretty and thanks for sharing how you made them :)

Kate M said...

I never thought to use rice - I have wheat bags that I put in the microwave. I shall definitely have a go at these, you are so clever!
Hugs
xx

Momma Katie said...

What a cute idea! We used rice in socks when our babies were younger to help them when they had a tummy ache. I never thought of adding essential oils to the rice. How nice! Enjoy your new home.

Sparkling said...

Will these fit in mittens? Great idea!!

Laura Lane said...

This is a terrific idea. I'm going to pin it.

Also, I just noticed that you've started following me on GFC at Harvest Lane Cottage.
It is my privilege to follow you as well.

Blessings,
Laura

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