In December, my husband and I took a trip to the Northeast. Having spent more than 20 years in southern California, the approach of winter right around the corner, was a bit of a shock to my system! Even though I had all the appropriate accoutrements such as layers of clothing, hat, scarf, mittens and boots, the temperature along with the wind chill factor was colder than I am used to.
At the time, I was grateful it wasn’t January, when the temps could be 20 degrees colder. There were times I thought my fingers would break off. While I had my mittened hands embedded in my pockets, I thought it would be nice to have hand warmers.
When we got back home, I quickly whipped up these hand warmers that I sent to family and friends. These hand warmers are small enough to fit inside mittens or pockets and are filled lightly with rice. They are briefly heated in the microwave and retain their heat for a short time. Total length of time they hold their heat will depend on how much rice you put in and how long you heat them in the microwave. To avoid possible burns, microwave for 15 seconds or less, then add 5 second time intervals if needed. * * Never leave microwaves unattended when in use. * *
Sending warm thoughts, we used a fun tropical print in the “warm” color palette, that reminds us of fun in the sun, Pareau Red by Hoffman Fabrics.
For each hand warmer cut 2 squares 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, then pink all 4 edges of both squares.
Place fabric wrong sides together and stitch 1/4″ from the edge on 3 sides, leaving one side open.
Fill 1/2 to 3/4 full with rice (brown or white rice – your option, be sure to use non-instant rice, or small beans work well also).
Carefully push the rice away from the opening to avoid the needle from hitting it and sew the open side closed.
Warm them in the microwave and place them in mittens or pockets for outdoor activities. Re-heat as necessary for continued warmth.
I made them in pairs so there is one for each hand or pocket. Stack them and tie with a bow for a nice presentation.
* * Please note these are not washable as they contain uncooked rice. * *
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