DIY Vanilla Lavender Hand Warmers

November 11, 2014


Hey Everyone!

The weather is starting to get a bit chilly, so I wanted to make these super easy NO-SEW Hand Warmers!! I’ve seen ideas similar to this before, and they are super simple to make. You can make these scented or unscented. I chose to go for a Lavender Vanilla scent. They are two of my favorite scents.

The base of the hand warmers is brown rice, which is great for absorbing and retaining heat. So you’ll add a few drops of your essentials oil(s) into a bowl of uncooked rice and toss that about.  Set it aside to let it absorb a bit while you construct the hand warmers.  If you don’t have essential oil on hand, another simple idea is to use a portion of a dryer sheet in each warmer. Same concept =)


You’ll want to cut your choice of fabric into 4 inch squares. Remember that you want enough squares to make at least two full hand warmers, one for each pocket, and each hand warmer requires two squares of fabric. SO, a set of hand warmers is four squares total.

IMG_0239You can use a gridded cutting board like this one from Michaels to make the process much easier. Don’t worry about being too precise though, you’ll trim the edges later.


Now that you have your pile of fabric squares, you’ll want to cut 4 inch strips of iron on hemming tape.  If you wanted to sew the seams you could, but this is so much easier, and I’m actually terrible at sewing. haha   =)


Lay the tape strips on three sides of a fabric square.  You’ll want to leave one side open for the warmer filling.


Place another fabric square on top of the first…


…and follow the heating instructions as directed on the tape you purchased.  Mine instructed me to hold an iron, on Medium heat, on top of each seem for 3 second increments, until the seem was sealed.


Once three sides are sealed, you can go back to the rice and fill each hand warmer with approximately 3 tbsp of rice.


Add the fourth iron on strip to the open end…


…and iron it shut.

TIP: Test the seams by gently shaking the rice to each edge to see if any seem is left unsealed.  If you find a weak spot, add a bit more hem tape and iron for and additional 3 seconds.


Once the warmer is fully sealed, simply trim off the edges…


…and you are ready to go!

All you need to do is microwave the warmers for 30 seconds on high, stick them in your pockets, and keep your hands nice and toasty!


They also make a great present!



Hope you enjoyed this post. =)

xo, Rachel

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  • meg November 11, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Rachel can you please do posr like this!! Loved it!! Xx

  • LindaLibraLoca November 12, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Great idea for the upcoming holidays as it is cold and wet here in Germany.

  • Liz November 12, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Where do you get all these ideas from? I wish I would be that creative :p
    I will definitely try that!
    Thanks for the Inspiration:)
    Liz xx


  • Namrata November 28, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    What a lovely idea. Though its hot here in Australia at the moment, but I’ll definitely keep this DIY in mind when the chilly days arrive. Thanks for sharing Rachel. I am your die hard fan 🙂