Flannel Scrap Reusable Hand Warmers

Flannel Scrap Reusable Hand Warmers

I have a confession to make: Once I made my super-popular Fall Table Runner, I became completely obsessed with plaid and/or flannel projects. I’ll go ahead and apologize now because after a few weeks, you may be rolling your eyes at me.

BUT. Until then…let’s craft with the scraps from said table runner project. As we all know by now, I spent the past summer scavenging my local thrift shops for clearance flannel shirts…and I ended up with a bunch of them!

Flannel shirts from thrift store for crafting, repurposing, upcycling projects / www.sadieseasongoods.com

More thrifted flannel shirts!

After I had cut out squares from the back of each shirt, I was left with quite a bit of usable flannel, just not in shirt form. So after tooling around on Pinterest, I fell in love with the idea to make re-usable hand warmers. I knew they’d be an excellent project for my scraps, and I could make a bunch and bring them to an upcoming Fall party. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Creating Flannel Hand Warmers

These are wonderfully simple to make, so I grabbed my leftover flannels, and my fabric cutting tools (this set is FANTASTIC!).

Cutting up flannel shirt scraps for hand warmers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Putting those leftover scraps to good use…

And I proceeded to cut out dozens of small squares (4” and 5”) in sets of four (two squares per hand warmer, two hand warmers to make a pair).

Cutting up thrifted flannel shirts for repurposed reusable hand warmer project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com


Then it was time to break out my sewing machine…and Cottonball had to help, of course.

Cutting up thrifted flannel shirts for repurposed reusable hand warmer project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My little apprentice…he loves to help me sew.

I pinned two squares together and sewed all around three sides, starting and ending approximately 1” in on the 4th side, leaving an opening in the center. After removing my pins, I turned the whole thing right-side out.

Sewing repurposed reusable reheatable hand warmers for winter from thrift store flannel shirts by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Sewing step one…

Sewing repurposed reusable reheatable hand warmers for winter from thrift store flannel shirts by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Sewing step two…

Then, I used my craft funnels to fill each “flannel packet” with plain white rice, about ¾ full.

Final steps- filling it with rice!

Final steps- filling it with rice!

After that, I tucked in the raw edges of each packet, pinned it closed and sewed it shut. I went over my stitches twice just as insurance!

All Done!

Aren’t they pretty? So easy to make and I used up most of my scraps- I love it when that happens!

Thrift store flannel shirts repurposed upcycled into reheatable reusable hand warmers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready for a Fall Bonfire!

In my microwave, I heat a pair up for 25-30 seconds and they are nice and toasty! Yes, my kitchen smells a little like Cream of Rice cereal after I heat them, but that’s ok- even better, I could add a few drops of autumn-scented essential oils to the rice before I sew them up! They stay warm for a little while, just long enough to take the chill off of cold hands! Because I’m taking them to a party, I made two sizes…to satisfy everyone’s pockets. Such a cute little favor, right? Here’s hoping they go over well!

Craft on!


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  1. Iv’e made both hot and cold sacks and hand warmers but never in flannel, I love the idea of using flannel, it is so much cosier than other fabrics. They look great and I’m sure people will love them 🙂 x

  2. These look so cute! I like the idea of them but how long do they actually stay warm?

  3. I won’t be rolling my eyes–there is not much I like more than flannel!

  4. These are adorable! I’m a sucker for anything plaid!

  5. My sister made me a set of solid colored handwamers several years ago. I loved them. I love the plaid!!!

  6. cynthial1956 says:

    What a quick and easy idea. I think these would be the perfect Christmas gift!

  7. Oh! I love hand warmers ,and these are so cute in the flannel! Thanks for sharing it at the Vintage Inspiration Party. I pinned it to my “Spotted at the VIP board here – https://www.pinterest.com/knickoftime/spotted-at-the-vip-vintage-decor-repurposed-projec/

  8. My hands are the first thing to feel the cold. If you handed me one of these I’d be so very impressed and grateful.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you, Stella- I hope other people feel the same way! I’m bringing these to a big Fall party. 🙂

  9. Wonderful – I had actually been looking for wool sweaters at the goodwill to make some of these up but well, they are rare & hard to find here in nebraska! Great idea to use flannel instead!

  10. What a clever idea! When not warming hands, they can warm hearts just by looking at them piled in a bowl. You should link this post to the Tartan Parade over at Alison’s Polohouse.

  11. Cute idea! I love the way they look simply displayed in the bowl, too:)

  12. I love rice warmers!! What a great idea to use your leftover flannel to make these! Another great upcycle!!

  13. These are so cool! Not to mention useful and cute. Thanks for sharing this with us at Welcome Home Wednesday. I am pinning this for personal use =)

  14. Those are so cute just laying in the wood bowl also.
    I think the whole blogger world is looking for flannel LOL because even Joann fabrics here is out.
    Also I haven’t seen any flannel shirts at thrift store, guess I’ll start looking next summer after flannel season is over

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Ha!!! Maybe so…I am thankful that I have quite the stash…since I have yet another flannel project in the works. 😉

  15. Quite awesome! And possibly easy enough for the world’s worst sewer (me)!

  16. You could make rectangles too, they could wrap around the back of a stiff neck or lay over a sore shoulder.

  17. I too, have scraps of flannel that I couldn’t bear to part with…thanks for the great idea! Have you ever put any essential oils or other smelly good stuff in with the rice? Might make your kitchen smell good while heating too! Pinning!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I thought about doing that, Shara, but since I was bringing these to a large fall party, I didn’t want my friend’s kitchen to be overwhelmed with the fragrance. She probably wouldn’t have minded, though!

  18. Those look great! Awesome way to use up fabric leftovers!

  19. My sewing skills aren’t the greatest but I believe EVEN I can do this one . 😑

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Mine aren’t either, Maribeth- I’ve only had this machine for 10 months or so. But YES, anyone can do this project, I swear!

  20. distresseddonna says:

    Loving, pinning, sharing!

  21. These are so cute!
    I think I need to make some lavender sachets with plaid flannel — you have inspired me, Sarah!
    Thanks for sharing this great project.
    Alison 🙂

  22. The flannel hand warmers are super cute and I love the colours! I made them before for my girls little feet when in the strollers and it’s just the BEST when it’s cold! I love the flannel you used!

  23. Love theses! Thanks for joining in at Vintage Charm! xoKathleen

  24. Bonnie Jean says:

    Love these! I’ve always got cold paws & with Winter coming on, this is a perfect idea! As suggested above, I have a big bag of lavender buds that I’m going to add maybe a tbsp. full to a couple of them to give it a try with the scent. I know my daughters and granddaughters would love it with the lavender scent! Thanks for sharing this with us! 🙂

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Bonnie- yes, lavender would be a great addition! Does lavender microwave well? I’ve never tried it…since I made these for a big party at a friend’s house, I decided against using essential oils in these…didn’t want to overwhelm her house/microwave with the fragrance!! 😉

  25. Jann Olson says:

    These would make great gifts! I love plaid and made a plaid garland yesterday for Christmas. I’m going to use my plaid thermoses and old tins in the kitchen for Christmas this year. Can’t wait to start decorating once Thanksgiving is over. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  26. We had two mornings where it froze. I could of used a little hand warmer 😉 Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining in the Inspiration Spotlight party. Always great to see what your making. Happy Nov.

  27. What a great idea…love it! Thank you for sharing at Share it One More Time….

  28. There are adorable! I need to make these.. It’s starting to get cold in Toronto! Plus, I have an unadulterated love of plaid. (My Canadian is showing!)

  29. I’ve been making memory quilts with Mother/Daddy’s clothes. This is a great “Memory” project.

  30. These turned out great and I have such a plaid addiction right now. I loved your plaid table runner and these were just perfect to use with the scraps! You are so creative!


  31. Great idea for hand warmers. I’ve got to start thrifting flannel shirts. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm and hope to see you back this Thursday.

  32. These are such cute ideas!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  33. What a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing it. Pinned!

  34. What a great idea! I made a large reusable rice bag to use when I had a sore back. These work great and get hot and hold the heat a long time. Hand warmers would come in handy even at work on some days. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

  35. designingvibes says:

    Such a great idea. THanks for sharing!

  36. These are so darling! What a great idea for a walk to school on a chilly morning!!!

  37. thesummeryumbrella says:

    I can’t get over how cute these little beauties are!!! Such a great idea too 🙂

  38. Thanks for sharing these with us at Throwback Thursday. This is a great way to up cycle those old shirts!

  39. What a great idea! Here I’ve been paying for those expensive hand warmers from Academy and I could have made them myself! Thank you so much for sharing and linking up with us over at the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!

  40. Fantastic tutorial! LOVE the plaid flannel!! and i love that I have the very same starbucks mug as you! Great taste!! 🙂


  41. incredible ideas indeed…I love flanel and now we’re not going to waste it anymore 🙂

  42. Sue Washburn says:

    using jasmin rice smells better!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Good point!!! But I’d rather save my Jasmine rice to eat. 😉

    • Bonnie Jean says:

      Oh! I love the idea of using Jasmine rice instead of using the lavender buds I was originally thinking of trying! I’m heading to the local thrift store tomorrow and search for some pretty flannel shirts to re-purpose! It’ll be fun! Thanks for the inspiration Sue! 😄

  43. I am obsessed with flannel right now to. Seems I am every year at this time. Love your project and will be digging out my flannel scraps to make my own. Thanks.

  44. Hi Sadie 🙂 I love these! I have added them to this week’s Snickerdoodle round up because I really think they would make awesome gifts!!
    Have an awesome weekend!

  45. These are so adorable and would make awesome little stocking stuffers! Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. I hope you’ll join us again next week. Sharing your post on Twitter!

  46. Such a brilliant idea! Love your kitty too!

  47. Stephanie @ Casa Watkins says:

    Sarah I love this idea!!! How wonderful to have on hand these upcoming cold months. Thanks for sharing with us at the Your Home Decor and More link party! Pinning and sharing

  48. Maggie Smith says:

    What kinds of thread do you use?

  49. Great recycle! Thanks for sharing at Brag About It! Pinned and tweeted 🙂

  50. What a great idea, I’m going to have to give these a try.
    (Visiting from Creative Ways Link Party).

    Have a great day, Kelly.

  51. wonderful recycle project. Perfect for the cold winter months too. Please tell me you shared this at my Thursday hop ( you can link up until Saturday midnight) xo

  52. Trudy Cousino says:

    Just saw a pin on your flannel scrap wreath and saw this as well..just wanted to say that WalMart sells chemical hand warmers really cheap, you could make the covers to their size and leave one end open or add a snap, those hand warmers last for hours btw.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks for popping over, Nancy- but you lost me at the word “chemical”!! That’s one of the many reasons I made my own. 🙂

      • Trudy Cousino says:

        Ahh, chemical was not the right word. They are made from iron powder, salt, charcoal and vermiculite…nothing harmful.. Package says ingredients will not harm environment and can be disposed of in regular garbage. Called “hot hands” and used by people who work outdoors, fishermen in my area etc. work well on arthritic areas as well. Ps, I am not nancy.

        • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

          Argh, I’m so sorry about that, Trudy!! I hate it when people get my name wrong so I truly do apologize! But I’m so glad the hand warmers are environmentally friendly. Since my blog is dedicated to repurposing/upcycling instead of buying new, it’s obviously important to me. 🙂

  53. I’m from Buffalo, and my husband hunts, so this is pure genius to me. Oh, and I love flannels of course 🙂 Shared on FB Sarah! XO

  54. Such a nice idea with flannel. Why didn’t I collect flannel shirts this summer??!! I’ve got to make some. Thanks

  55. Barbara Curtin says:

    What about making a large one to put on the cold car seat when you go out in the morning?

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Good idea!!! Just don’t stuff it too full or it might burst when sat upon! (at least…it would if I sat on it, haha!)

  56. Hello! I linked back to this page from my blog at: https://faithtrustandbreastcancer.blogspot.com/2016/10/philippians-122-hand-warmers.html! I’m making something similar and you definitely inspired me! Thank you for sharing!

  57. LEN J SIEGLER says:

    I think they have to be made of cotton to be safe material for microwave.

  58. I love this idea! Did you hand sew the opening to hide the stitches or use your machine?

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Nancy! I used my machine because I was making so many…but if I was just making a couple of pairs, I likely would have hand-stitched.


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