DIY Hand Warmers with Flannel Shirt Project Steps

Winter weather can chill you to the bone, especially here in Wisconsin, but you’re in luck because we have a simple DIY project for homemade hand warmers featuring a flannel shirt from Goodwill. With only six items needed, you can easily DIY these yourself.

Here’s what you need:

  • Shirt
  • Pins
  • Rice
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine



Start by selecting a shirt you’d like to use as the fabric for your hand warmers and select where you’d like to cut your squares.

DIY Hand Warmers with Flannel Shirt Supplies



Cut the material into four square pieces and trim the edges to remove any stray threads.

DIY Hand Warmers cutting Flannel Shirt



Gather your pins and start by pinning the edges together (wrong side of the fabric facing out) and leave a small hole at one of the corners. This is where you’ll fill the hand warmer with rice later.




Prepare the sewing machine and sew the edges together. Be sure to remove the pins one at a time as you sew around the edge of your fabric.

DIY Hand Warmers sewing Flannel Shirt



Trim the edges around the seams and pull the fabric right side out through the small hole that you left in the corner.



Use a funnel or make a funnel with a piece of paper and insert it into the small hole in the corner. Fill the hand warmer with rice.



Stitch the hole together by hand with a needle and thread and you’re ready to use them!

When heating the warmers, simply heat them in the microwave for 1 minute and enjoy some toasty warm hands or feet on cold winter days.

DIY Hand Warmers with Flannel Shirt Final


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