Cure for Cold Hands

I just lost the one pair of gloves I had in my house.

Now, I don’t know about where you are, but in Delaware it’s really cold right now, so not having gloves has kind of been an issue. My hands are already cold to begin with, my boyfriend says I’m like a super villain (Ms. Freeze 🙂 ) the way I suck the warmth from everything with my cold hands – and feet too! With actual winter like temperatures starting to roll in, my hands get like ice, especially in the morning when I’m on my way to work. I haven’t had the time to go out and get myself a good pair of gloves, so I thought in the mean time I could whip up some hand warmers to take the edge off of my frost bitten hands. These are super easy to make and can be whipped up in no time. They fit perfectly in a coat pocket and you can make them bigger or smaller depending on the hands you’re trying to warm. After you make yourself a pair, make one or two for family and friends!

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What you’ll need:

Scissors
Thread
Needle
Pins
Coordinating fabric – I used a cotton print and a solid flannel, you won’t need much, can easily use scraps
Rice – 1/2 to 2/3 cup

To start, iron your fabric and cut out squares, two from each fabric. I made each of mine 3.5″ square, but if you have bigger hands or you’re making some for a child, you can adjust as needed. I have very small hands, so this size worked for me.

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Next, pin your fabrics right sides together making sure to leave a two inch opening on one side so you can turn it right side out later.

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Now it’s time to do some machine sewing! Thread up your machine and start sewing with a 1/4″ seam allowance right after the second pin for your two inch opening and make sure to back stitch. Continue sewing all the way around your square until you get to your last pin and back stitch again.

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Once you’ve finished sewing, trim your threads, clip your corners, and turn right side out. I used a turner to do this to get the corners nice and crisp.

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It’s time to fill your warmers with rice. For the size I made, each warmer took 1/4 cup of rice. If you’re having trouble getting  the rice in, use a funnel or make a makeshift one like my boyfriend did for me out of an envelope 🙂

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This next part is a little tricky. If you don’t mind seeing seams, you can head over to your sewing machine, turn your raw edges under and stitch them. I like things to look a little neater so I decided fold the fabric at the opening over and close it up with a ladder stitch. The graphic below explains it better than I could, but it’s easily my favorite hand stitch. After you’re done stitching, you pull it tight and it closes like magic. Invisible magic.

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After everything’s been pulled tight I secured the stitch with a little knot slipped through the end of the sewing machine stitches.

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Snip off the thread after the knot and you’re done!

To use them, pop them into the microwave 20-30 seconds, depending on how powerful your microwave is, slip them in your pockets and stay toasty warm!

-Caitlin

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