DIY.. Mini Heart Shaped Hand Warmers

I’ve been traveling like a madwoman..

The other week I was in Salt Lake City.  I love Salt Lake and travel to the city twice a year for a trade show called Outdoor Retailer. Last January I was chilled to the bone the entire time I was there. It was especially cold the day we were setting up our booth in the convention centre – the loading dock doors were open the entire time!  To prepare for the cold temperatures this time around, I decided to make little hand warmers for my pockets. And of course.. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make mini heart shaped warmers..

So far this year has been particularly cold, so why not make a bunch of these hand warmers for all your loved ones.

Materials Needed:

  1. Cotton fabric – this is a great scrap fabric or fat quarter project
  2. Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  3. Different colors of thread
  4. Bag of rice
  5. Pen and paper
  6. Iron and ironing board
  7. Funnel

Alright, let’s get sewing:

  1. Draw a small heart shape approximately 4″w x 5″h. Cut out 2 hearts for each hand warmer.
  2. Turn right sides together and pin. Place into sewing machine and stitch together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 1/2″ – 3/4″ opening for the rice.
  3. Press seams with an iron. Clip into seam allowance at curves and trim bottom tip. Also remember to clip into the “V” at the meeting point of the top curves.
  4. Turn right side out.
  5. Roll and turn the opening seam allowance under 1/4″.  Press again with a hot iron.
  6. Place funnel into opening and pour rice into heart. Leave enough room to have rice jiggle around. Do not overload the heart.. This is important, as you need enough room to place the heart into your sewing machine and stitch the opening closed.
  7. Pin opening closed. Push the rice aside and pin again. This will hold the rice in place while closing the opening. Machine stitch closed. Remember to back stitch at each end.

Now you have cute little hearts to warm your pockets. Why not place a few in your husband’s pocket on Valentine’s Day?  A few notes to think about – don’t chose metallic fabrics for this project and double check the setting on your microwave. All microwaves heat differently. Want to make a large heating pad? Check out my post here and also the full tutorial on the Momtastic blog.

Don’t want to make hand warmers? Use this tutorial as inspiration and make heart shaped bean bags, heart shaped scented sachets or cute little heart pillows…

Happy Sewing.

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47 Responses to DIY.. Mini Heart Shaped Hand Warmers

  1. Amy W February 5, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    These are so adorable. I really love the fabrics you selected. Please stop by our link party and share with everyone!

    • Haberdashery Fun February 5, 2014 at 11:52 am #

      Hi – thank you! I just stopped by and added my link. Thank you for the invite 🙂

  2. Ann February 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    I’m totally going to make these! What sweet little Valentine’s presents for my skiing family!

  3. Amy (^..^)~ February 5, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    I love them! I can’t wait to try and make them. ^_^

  4. Sparkling74 February 5, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    These are a great idea and small enough that I bet they will fit into kittens and gloves!

    • Sparkling74 February 5, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

      That should say mittens and gloves!

      • Haberdashery Fun February 5, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

        Hi -Got it 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and giving your feedback

  5. Melanie February 6, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    I love these! I have tons of fabric scraps and this would be a great project for them, and my little one could help fill them.
    Stopping by from the Wildly Creative link up party. Have a nice weekend!

    • Haberdashery Fun February 7, 2014 at 8:15 am #

      Hi – I love the idea of children helping to fill the hand warmers! Great idea. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  6. claire February 8, 2014 at 6:00 am #

    Great project !!

    I would love you to come and share @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!!

    Look forward to seeing you there 🙂

    Claire x

  7. Amy W February 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    I’ll be featuring these fun hand warmers tomorrow morning at our link party! Be sure to stop by and grab a feature button.

  8. Jess February 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    I was planning to make some of these…just squares! The hearts are so cute and a great idea.

  9. Ginnie February 9, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    This is such an adorable project! I might have to make some for my husband:)

  10. Megan @ Two Live Colorfully February 9, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    These are too adorable! I’m teaching myself to sew with a little Noob Sewing Series on my blog and these are totally on this list to make! 😀

  11. Carolyn February 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Perfect! Just what I have been looking for. The kids will love them.

  12. Susan @ Oh My! Creative February 11, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    I just love these heart hand warmers…so pretty! I wanted to let you know that I featured them today in my post! Whimsy Wednesday is open and you can see your feature there as well!

    Thanks for linking last week!

    • Haberdashery Fun February 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

      Hi – thank you so much for the feature!

  13. Katie May 20, 2014 at 12:18 am #

    These look awesome!!!!! I love the different fabrics 🙂
    I really want to make some but I was wondering how long you microwave them for?

    • Haberdashery Fun May 20, 2014 at 9:26 am #

      HI Katie, Thanks for stopping by. It depends on the microwave, all heat items differently.. but I would start with a very low amount of time and work upwards until you get the desired heat you like.

  14. Jennifer December 10, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    Can you add scent to these?

    Love them they are adorable! !!

    • Haberdashery Fun December 11, 2014 at 9:41 am #

      Hi Jennifer. I haven’t added a scent yet, but I had a reader tell me that she used the following and it sounds wonderful — Jasmine rice, dried lavender buds from her garden and lavender essential oil. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for stopping by and happy holidays – Marni

  15. Apple Pie at January 19, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    Cute simple idea. I pinned it because I always have cold hands and feet 😉

  16. Natalie January 20, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    I love this idea for keeping little fingers warm. Great job with the photography, too! How long would you say these adorable little packets stay warm?

  17. Teri@The Freshman Cook January 25, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    I just love little things like these! They are adorable, and I love your choice of fabrics. What a great gift for Valentine’s Day! Thank you! I would love if you would share these at my blog party, Celebrate It! It is all about how we celebrate the big and little moments of our lives!

  18. Mel @ Adventures of Mel February 3, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    These are so cute! I love the colors and patterns you chose. Definitely have to make some of these; I tend to stay cold a LOT. In fact, I should make some feet warmers.:) Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

    • Haberdashery Fun February 3, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

      Thanks Mel. You’ll love these. If you make them small enough, they can fit in your coat pockets.. I’m headed to NYC tomorrow, so I’m bringing a few 🙂


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