5 Minute Fleece Hand Warmers

Fleece Hand Warmers

Winter is here. Even in California. It’s been in the 30s in the mornings here and it feels chilly! I helped Ruby make a bunch of little sets of 5  minute fleece hand warmers to give to everyone for Christmas. An easy 5 minute project to make one, less than 10 minutes to make a set. Fill them with rice and heat in the microwave to warm little hands and pockets. She even added a couple of drops of peppermint oils, and they smell wonderful!

5 Minute Fleece Hand Warmers

This is a great way to use up scrap fleece. I had a bunch after making 3 Step Fleece Pillowcases for my kids.

5 Minute Fleece Hand Warmers

To make a set you will need:

4 (4″) squares of fleece


essential oil (optional)

5 Minute Fleece Hand Warmers

I used pinking shears to cut the fleece and add a decorative edge at the same time. Sew 3 sides of your fleece.

5 Minute Fleece Hand Warmers

Add 2-3 T. rice

5 Minute Fleece Hand Warmers

Add a couple of drops of essential oil. This is totally optional, but rice does have a light musty odor when heated. We found this out with our Warm Bed Buddies. It isn’t bad, but noticeable.

5 Minute Fleece Hand Warmers

Stitch the 4th side closed to complete the square.

5 Minute Fleece Hand Warmers

Repeat for the other hand warmer and you’ll have a complete set!

Make up a bunch of these to have as gifts this winter!


  1. How long do you heat them for? Without causing harm to a child. thanks ahead!

    • I heat them for 30 seconds and they are just right! You could probably heat them a bit more and see how that goes, but 30 seconds is perfect for my kids. Hope that helps!

  2. How long do they stay warm?

  3. Made these before and people love them but I found out, don’t heat them on a rack in the microwave if you have one. Don’t know if it was a fluke but it melted an edge and I am not trying it again just to check. Never had a problem if I put them on the glass turntable.

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