Just pop the heat pack in the microwave to warm up your hands or feet, or use them to sooth aching muscles (you can also put them in the freezer to make a cold pack in the warmer months). And trust me, once you try these you'll want to make some for all your chilly friends!
The handwarmers are great to slip in your gloves when you're heading out to shovel or play in the snow. You can make a perfect little gift set by bundling together a heat pack with a pair of handwarmers. Try tucking a set in a gift bag with some hot chocolate and go surprise your bestie with some extra warm goodies on a chilly day!
These are so easy (and affordable)! You can make up several sets in no time. Here's all you need:
- 1/4 yard fabric
- dry rice
Stack the two heat pack pieces with right sides together. Sew around the edges with a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a 3-4" opening on one side for turning. Clip the corners.
For each handwarmer, stack two pieces with right sides together and sew around the edges with a 1/2" seam allowance leaving 2-3" open for turning. Clip the corners.
Turn all the pieces right side out. I find making multiple sets goes faster if I work assembly line style. Cut out all the pieces, sew them all, clip all the corners, turn them all right side out, etc.
Now you can start filling them with dry rice. I used about 1/4 cup in each handwarmer, and about 3 cups in each heat pack. You can add more or less depending on how full you want your heat pack to be. I found filling it too full made the pack pretty stiff and I prefer it a bit floppier, so 3 cups was plenty for me. A funnel makes this job much easier!
To finish it off, just tuck in the seams at the opening and sew right along the edge to seal it. Now your set is ready to go, and you just need to bundle up any extras for your buddies! I like to fold the big heat pack in half, stack the handwarmers on top, and tie it all up with a string.
I had soo much fun picking fabrics for this project, and even found some great options for the guys!
That's it! These guys are easy, cheap, and fast. So what are you waiting for? Go warm yourself up!
What's your favorite way to warm up on chilly day?