We are doing everything we can to keep ourselves toasty this winter! Everyone on the team has been showing off their own DIY blanket scarf, but we couldn’t stop there. Pocket warmers are more than easy to make, and they are definitely worth the effort in this weather. Making homemade hand warmers takes less than 30 minutes, and they are super easy to customize. All you need is some fabric and some rice and you are in business! You can use any fabric to make these, but we made our homemade hand warmers using old socks, which also makes this project an opportunity for upcycling.
Socks are a great option for making hand warmers because there are so many cute patterns you can choose from. Pick out your fabric or pattern of choice, then cut it into rectangles. Our hand warmers measure around 3.5 x 4 inches, but you can certainly use this method to make any size. After cutting the sock, flip it inside out and sew one side closed. We used a sewing machine, but hand stitching would be totally fine for this. Follow our photo tutorial below for a visual guide to crafting homemade hand warmers! Once you sew up the first side, you can sew the second side, leaving a small space to fill the pocket with rice. Next, add about a half cup of white rice to the sock with a funnel.
To make these hand warmers a bit more special, you can also add a drop or two of essential oil for some lovely fragrance. Other than essential oils, dried lavender is a wonderful option. Finish the hand warmers by stitching up the opening, and that’s it! Simply stick the pouch into the microwave for 30 seconds and you have a fabulous DIY hand warmer. These are fantastic for throwing into your pockets when you are leaving your house in the morning, or perfect for anyone wanting to apply some heat to a sore muscle. Head over to our membership page to start crafting with us, or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily glimpses into our newest projects. We love seeing your crafting successes, so be sure to share your project photos using #DIYDreamingWithLia. Stay Warm! ~ Lia and the Team