On a frigid winter day, cold hands can sting. If the temperature is low enough, you can even feel the burn through gloves. If you plan to spend more than a few minutes outside -- whether you are sledding in the snow, watching a winter parade or your job requires you to be outside for periods of time, consider making fabric hand warmers. These small, rice-filled bags can be heated in the microwave and carried in your hands or pockets to add warmth to your fingers.
Cut two pieces of fabric in your desired size and shape. For example, choose a heart or a circle. Make the pieces small enough to fit into your pockets. An average size for each piece of fabric is 4-by-4-inches.
Place the right sides of both pieces of fabric together so they are facing each other and sew the two pieces of fabric together with a 1/2-inch seam around the edges. Leave a small opening at the top so that the pouch you formed can eventually be filled with rice.
Turn the pouch inside out through the small opening so that the right side of fabric is showing.
Place the tip of a funnel into the small opening of the pouch and then pour rice into the funnel so that it fills most of the pouch. Leave a small gap at the top so the rice does not overflow.
Place a straight pin through the pouch near the opening to hold the rice down. Then stitch the opening closed.
Microwave the hand warmer for approximately 30 seconds. The hand warmer should stay warm for approximately 15 to 20 minutes outside.
Tips & Warnings
- Ensure the fabric is cotton, terrycloth or flannel before microwaving. Other fabrics could burn or catch fire.
- Do not microwave unattended or for more than one minute.
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