Here is a quick, easy, and cozy gift idea! 5 minute fleece hand warmers to put inside a jacket pocket. Fill with rice and warm in a microwave to heat up! You can even add a few drops of essential oil to make them smell nice. Package up in a set of two for a sweet gift. This post contains an affiliate link.
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!
This is a great way to use up scrap fleece. I had a bunch after making 3 Step Fleece Pillowcases for my kids.
What Can You Fill Hand Warmers With?
We used jasmine rice, but you can use a variety of items like whole corn (dry) or walnut shells.
Can You Wash Hand Warmers?
Not if you have filled them with rice. You can wash them if they have been filled with walnut shells because the shells won’t mold when wet. These fleece hand warmers are so easy to make and only take 5 minutes that I don’t worry about washing them. If one gets dirty, it’s not a big deal to make another.
Can You Make Hand Warmers With Other Fabrics Besides Fleece?
Absolutely. Cotton works well, so does flannel. Fleece is just easy for kids because it doesn’t fray and they don’t need to turn the fabric right side out.
I’ve had readers ask about heating fleece in the microwave. I haven’t ever had any issues. These hand warmers are only in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Not enough to have a reaction from getting too hot. My son has had a fleece rice bag in the shape of a gingerbread man that my mom sent him for his birthday for years, and has heated it up dozens of times. Never had any issues. That being said, as always, use at your own risk and do not over heat. My brother caught a potato on fire by accidentally setting the microwave for 20 minutes when we were kids. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t microwave potatoes, you just need to pay attention.
How To Heat Hand Warmers
Microwave for 20-30 seconds per pair. Make sure they are not too hot before handling them. I’ve found that 25 seconds is just right for our microwave wattage. These hand warmers will stay warm up to 30 minutes.
More Simple Sewing Projects for Kids to Make
5 Minute Fleece Hand Warmers
- sewing machine
- 4 4" squares of fleece
- white rice jasmine
- essential oil optional
- Cut fleece into squares.
- Sew 3 sides of the fleece.
- Add 2-3 T. of white rice
- Add a couple of drops of essential oil.
- Stitch the 4th side closed to complete the square.
- 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! My kids are always more excited to give a gift when they’ve made or picked it out on their own. One year, they wanted to wait to open up their gifts from Santa until after they had exchanged their homemade gifts with each other. It was pretty much the best Christmas morning ever! Here are more easy fleece sewing projects to make!
This is a refresh of a post originally shared in 2013.