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!
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!).
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).
Then it was time to break out my sewing machine…and Cottonball had to help, of course.
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.
Then, I used my craft funnels to fill each “flannel packet” with plain white rice, about ¾ full.
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!
Aren’t they pretty? So easy to make and I used up most of my scraps- I love it when that happens!
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!