Does anyone else suffer from the cold? Don’t get me wrong, I much prefer cool weather to hot, but my hands and feet suffer so much during the colder seasons. I spend large parts of my day trying to stop them from going numb. This year I have decided to do something about it. And that something is to make mini hand warmers. I often wish I could carry a mini hot water bottle around with me. So these mini hand warmers are perfect to slip into my pocket.

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For these mini hand warmers you will need:

  • Squares of fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Rice
  • Funnel

Before you start make sure that fabric you are using doesn’t have any metallic threads or plastic type designs on them. These will be going into the microwave.

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Cut either two squares of fabric and place them front to front. Or cut out a larger rectangle and fold it in half. Either way the design of the fabric should be facing each other. Pin them into place. You are going to sew most of this inside out before turning it back the right way.

mini hand warmers

Using a backwards running stitch, stitch pretty much all the way around your square. You need to leave a big enough gap to fill it up. You don’t want to make the stitches too big, or the rice will be able to come out.

mini hand warmers

Turn the fabric the right way round and fill it up with rice.

mini hand warmers

Use a slip stitch to close the gap up. EC and YC did all of their own sewing, apart from this last part. I would recommend watching this video on how to do a slip stitch. This type of stitch is great for hemming. I would try to do small stitches rather than long ones like in the video.

When you are all done, stick your mini hand warmer into a microwave for 30-60 seconds. You might want to experiment to find the best time. Don’t put it in for too long or it could melt your fabric. At work we don’t actually have a microwave, so I heat them up in a frying pan. Just make sure you don’t let them sit for too long on one side. I flip them over every 10-20 seconds.

These are just perfect to slip into your pockets to do the school run on these cold mornings. YC and EC love having one popped into theirs just as they are about to leave for school.

If you liked these mini hand warmers make sure you check out my maths mitten match and handmade teddies.

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DIY mini hand warmers to help keep cold hands warm during winter.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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