How to Make Hand Warmers

How to Make Hand Warmers
When it comes to chilly mornings and wintry days, dressing warm is a must. But when the temperatures are extremely cold, your hands can start to feel the chill even through gloves. To remedy this, hand warmers may be used inside of gloves or pockets to keep your hands and fingers warm during backpacking. Although you can purchase these at sports shops and grocery stores, it is much cheaper and easier to make your own reusable hand warmer.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Scissors Flannel Rice Needle Thread or yarn
  • Scissors
  • Flannel
  • Rice
  • Needle
  • Thread or yarn
 
Step 1
Cut a length of flannel 8½ inches long by 4½ inches wide using scissors. This will form a square pocket that will hold the rice.
Step 2
Fold the flannel in half to create a square of 4¼ by 4½ inches. The extra material allows for ¼-inch seams. On the width 4½ inches wide, two sides will need to be sewn; the width 4¼ inches wide will require only one side to be sewn, because the folded side does not require stitches.
Step 3
Sew the two open sides opposite each other closed with a ¼-inch seam, using a running stitch and yarn or thread. These sides are on the 4½-inch width.
Step 4
Turn the resulting square with one open end inside-out to hide the stitches. This should result in a square 4 inches wide by 4¼ inches long.
Step 5
Make sure the open end is facing up and fill the square ¾ full of rice. Brown rice is preferred because it holds heat slightly better, but any kind of rice will suffice.
Step 6
Close the remaining open end by using a superimposed seam and oversewing stitch. Fold ¼ inches of the end inward when creating the superimposed seam. This will seal off the rice inside.
Step 7
Heat the hand warmers for 10 seconds on high in a microwave before you go into the cold and drop them in your pocket or gloves. They will keep your hands warm for 1 to 2 hours.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
You may also put two or three drops of scented essential oil---such as vanilla, cinnamon or lavender---in the rice to make the hand warmers smell better.
 
Never microwave your hand warmers for more than 15 seconds, as this can lead to skin burns. If you are using printed material, make sure you initially fold it with the print facing in so it will eventually face out when you turn it inside-out.
 
Never microwave your hand warmers for more than 15 seconds, as this can lead to skin burns.
 
If you are using printed material, make sure you initially fold it with the print facing in so it will eventually face out when you turn it inside-out.

Article Written By Justin Chen

Justin Chen is a freelance writer and photographer with 6 years of professional experience in outdoor activities, extreme sports, travel and marketing topics. His professional work experience includes publication with KOMO 4 News Seattle, Fisher Interactive Network, and Demand Studios. He is a current Pre-Med student at Walla Walla University.

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