a little cozy goes a long way (and a hand warmer DIY)

i’m not a super mom.  in fact, i’m pretty sure it’s an oxymoron or the opposite of a double negative, or something that cancels itself out.  most days i’m just doing what has to be done, making sure my babes have what they need and praying that everything else falls into place.

but there is one other thing i take very seriously….  that my kids feel loved.  everyday.

it would be easy for this task to become overwhelming, but luckily my kids have taught me that it’s the little things that matter.  just one act of love goes a looooong way.

this winter my default has been just about anything warm and cozy.  letting them eat breakfast by the fireplace, adding an extra blanket to their beds, a hot cup of cocoa after being outside, a warm towel to wrap up in after tubs, or….

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… reheatable hand-warmers to pop in their pockets on the way to school.  so cozy.

(continue reading for the DIY instructions)

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SUPPLIES: a fat quarter (or more) of this fabric or whatever fabric you have laying around the house, fabric scissors, pinking shears (optional), sewing machine or needle, long pins, rice, and thread.

DIRECTIONS:

1.  using fabric scissors, cut the pattern from our spoonflower fabric OR cut 2-3/4 inch squares from your choice of fabric.  you’ll need two per hand warmer.

2. place two squares of fabric wrong sides together and stitch a 1/4 inch seam around the outside, leaving a 1-1/2 inch opening and backstitching in the beginning and end.  (if you don’t have pinking shears, place fabric write sided together, sew as instructed and then turn right side out.)

3. fill 3/4 of the way up with rice.

4.  using a long pin, block the rice from falling out of the opening and sew closed.

5.  using pinking shears, trim the edges….  it will keep them from fraying.

to use, warm up int he microwave for 20 seconds (or so), but make sure they aren’t too hot before handing over to little hands!

hand-warmer-valentines-3i also thought it would be fun to make some extras to give as love day gifts and made a little insert to include.  you can download it (HERE).

so, i shared a couple of my little tricks, but would LOVE to hear about little things you do to show your kids you love them!  let us know in the comments below.

xo . rae

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21 Responses to a little cozy goes a long way (and a hand warmer DIY)

  1. Stephany g 01/25/14 at 1:03 pm #

    These are awesome! Where did you get the fabric from? I love the fabric!

  2. Amanda 01/28/14 at 5:10 am #

    Is there anything I can put inside so that it wont stink?

    • rae 02/13/14 at 4:00 pm #

      hmmm – not sure… maybe rosemary?

    • Laurel 02/20/14 at 4:43 pm #

      Lavender is a very common addition to rice heating pads.

  3. amaryllis 03/01/14 at 6:34 pm #

    I have some of those and they work well. Also make sure that all friends who walk dogs have them.

    But one caution: use 100% cotton fabric only. Poly/cotton blends will catch fire in the microwave. This caution is in case you are using scraps from around the house.

  4. Jennie Condra 03/06/14 at 6:35 pm #

    When I have made these before I added dried lavender to them. I bet a little essential oil would work too! I make mine big for heating pads. Some are long and skinny to wrap around necks. Nice work on these little ones! So cute!

  5. Trish 03/15/14 at 3:27 pm #

    I don’t particularly care for the way the rice smells either, so that is a good idea putting
    a scent of rosemary or special oil.

  6. denise keywood 03/18/14 at 5:07 pm #

    You can also use shucked corn, which can be found at co-op and around deer season to fill the hand warmers. Works the exact same way. Difference is smell. I prefer the corn over the rice but now living in the city its a might harder to find. Love love the idea.

  7. Crystal 04/21/14 at 6:10 pm #

    Was just wondering, how long does the heat stay with these?

  8. Carole 05/22/14 at 1:21 pm #

    You should not use rice or any grain for warming. Once it’s heated,it’s cooked, and will grow bacteria. This is why the smell get worse. Also a fire risk. Also a rodent magnet. You won’t want to find mice in your kids pockets! Use small gel packs instead.

  9. Lucy 05/28/14 at 2:44 pm #

    I really enjoyed this idea :D
    You’re quite creative.. Although I’m thinking of adapting the hands warmer to an adult. A friend of mine is moving to England and this would be a really good gift ^^
    At home I only have felt and some fabrics my grandma gave me (she can make clothes) so I’m not sure if they’re 100% cotton $:
    Should I compare with any pieces of clothes that I have and know they are 100% cotton or better not risking and buy it myself?

    • Heather 08/30/14 at 5:36 am #

      You can always take a small swatch of the fabric and test it with a candle, anything synthetic will melt. You dont want to use thise

  10. nancy morton 08/23/14 at 12:51 am #

    This is a great idea for golf tournaments. Keeps your hands warm while you play golf.

  11. Donna 08/30/14 at 1:32 am #

    Corn and Rice Bags have been around for years with no problems. It might depend on the climate you deal with. Make them and enjoy.

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