When the weather turns chilly it’s nice to have a warm scarf or a cozy hat or even some toasty flannel hand warmers! Today I’m sharing how to make this cold-weather chasing way to keep your hands warm and comfortable!

Here at StoneGable, we don’t let a little cold weather keep us inside.

Actually, we love to bundle up and light a big roaring fire in the fire pit or head out for a brisk walk in the woods.

We love to cheer our local football team to victory even when it’s snowing.

This winter we are all going to stay extra warm by wrapping ourselves in the flannel blankets I made earlier this fall! You can see an easy-peasy diy for them HERE.

And to keep our hands toasty and warm I also made lots of little hand warmers to match the plaid flannel blankets.

I’ll show you how!

We’re keeping a basket of hand warmers “handy” (pun intended) near our back door! And I’m making them as part of a gift basket for family members that have a firepit too! 


  • flannel material
  • rice
  • funnel for filling the hand warmers with rice
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • thread and needle
Easy to make Flannel Handwarmers! This would make a great gift too!


Easy to make Flannel Handwarmers! This would make a great gift too!
  1. Materials: flannel and rice. Yes, that’s it!
  2. Cut 4 flannel square for 1 pair of hand warmers. I cut out 4 and 5-inch squares to fit different size hands.  But you can make them any size you like.
  3. Put two squares right side together and sew all the edges together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave a small opening to add rice. Make sure this opening is big enough to turn the squares right side out too.
Easy to make Flannel Handwarmers! This would make a great gift too!

4. Turn the handwarmer squares right side out through the opening. I use a pencil with an eraser top to help push the fabric through the opening and to push out the corners.

5. Fill the handwarmers with rice through the opening. Don’t fill it too, too full. I filled each handwarmer between 1/3 and a little under 1/2 full. Hand stitch the opening to close it.

They are that easy to make.


To warm up the hand warmers pop them in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. Careful they will be hot! 

Easy to make Flannel Handwarmers! This would make a great gift too!

I can’t wait to light the fire and roast hot dogs and marshmallows at the fire pit this weekend!

Flannel hand warmers make great gifts! Since we are hosting more outdoor gatherings even in the cooler weather, I’m going to make a bunch and let people take them home!

You might like to make the coordinating FLANNEL BLANKET.


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  1. two projects easy enough for the kids in my Pioneer Club to do for a stitchery badge! (with guidance of course) thanks!

  2. Love this idea! I have used rice in an old stretchy sock (microwaved) for back/neck pain and it works really well. Never thought about hand warmers though…thanks!

  3. A great idea for my relatives in PA, where the weather gets much colder than in my area. Going to send a box of them.

  4. Thanks for telling us how to make the hand warmers. Can’t wait to make some for gifts. Love your blog,God bless you.

  5. Oh what a wonderful D.Y.I. project. These are something my six year old granddaughter and I can make as gifts. Thanks Yvonne and have a great day!

  6. To take your handwarmers one step further – use denim (recycled blue jeans) or corduroy and make bags for a corn hole game! More fun outside! Fresh air, family fun and no electronics required! 😉

  7. We have had such warm weather this fall in my part of PA! It is now getting cold, especially at night, (and night comes at 5:30 now) so these hand warmers will come in “handy.”

  8. L O V E flannel ! I have this idea that for kids make little ones for their pockets but make them into 2 squares sewn together on three sides with one opening for their hands. Just dont fill it real full so their little hands has a space to put them in. * ) .

  9. Never underestimate a little warmth. I also make these in larger (elongated) sizes to use for muscle aches and bed warmers. I like to sleep in a cool room, but in a cozy bed. Before getting in, I will put the”bedwarmer” in at torso level. Then when I get in I will push it down to the bottom and put my feet on it. I also use dried corn (from the feed store). You can get a 50 pound sack for under $10 an it goes a long way when making lots of these for gifts.
    I also make washable envelope style flannel covers for mine. I mean (TMI alert) I do put my feet on them. 🙂

  10. What a great idea! I am going to make a few of these to keep on hand. I have been saving old flannel shirts just waiting for some projects. Thank you.

  11. These will make great Christmas gift’s. I have 3 grandson’s that work outside and these will really help keep their hands warm. Thank you for this wonderful project.

  12. My mom made a bunch of these last week, only she used some lavender and peppermint essential oils to scent the rice. She sells crafts that she makes at bazaars, etc. She also makes them in larger sizes to use as heating pads.

  13. My daughter is getting married in December in a Vineyard. These will be a perfect addition for our guests during the ceremony.along with the matching chair blankets. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  14. What a great idea and easy too. How long do they stay warm? I’ll have to see. I might make some to warm up our feet when we go to bed. Our bedrooms are cooler than the rest of the house, and sometimes we have cold feet.

  15. I really need to make these hand warmers! I have one fingertip that turns white and gets cold so fast. Thanks for the great idea with instructions. Wonder if fleece would work as well or would it have too much stretch?

  16. Yvonne…thanks for sharing these little flannel hand warmers. What a great idea for little gifts! I’ll be out getting myself some flannel this weekend!

  17. Love this idea. Additionally, who does not love flannel? Also you could make a flannel muff with batting. You have my creative juices flowing! Thanks

  18. I’m also going to try my hand at making the flannel blanket! (I will enjoy – as will my doggies as Christmas gifts!) 🙂

  19. On my way out the door to our local fabric store to buy flannel! Making those hand warmers for everyone’s Christmas stockings! Great and inexpensive gift idea. Thanks, Yvonne! As usual, you are brilliant. (P.S. How DO you find time to do all you manage to do)?

  20. This must be my lucky day….faux greenery….and flannel blanket.and
    hand warmer. This will make a great
    Christmas for family and friends!
    Just love this blog….thank you so

  21. I am so doing this for my Girls’ Christmas Party gift! Yay! Thanks, Yvonne, for the fabulous and simple idea.

  22. Thanks for sharing. Great gift idea for family and friends that work outside in cold weather. Also, as a Thank You gift for our law enforcement and EMT’s.

  23. This is a wonderful idea for using in gift bags for Christmas! Just about everyone on “my” list would appreciate these as our winter this year is frigid.

  24. Love the wreath idea. The hand warmers are a great idea & could be sold at ballgames when the weather is cold as a school fundraiser. It would best selling bbq dinners. Susan

  25. Yvonne, I just love your posts! You always bring us such wonderful ideas! The throws and hand warmers are such a great idea! I’m going to make some as gifts! Thanks for always bringing us so many great crafts! Have a blessed week!

  26. I made 18 pair of these for our neighborhood ladies progressive Christmas walk. They were a hit! Thank you, Yvonne, because I live in a crafty neighborhood and this little project took the pressure off!

  27. I made both the handwarmers and blanket for a Christmas present for a friend in Idaho. Super easy to make, very snuggely, and she loved them. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  28. Flannel hand warms…directions say cut 4 pieces for one hand warmer…then the directions say to put 2 pieces together….is that 2 pieces on each side which would use all 4 pieces. If not what do you do with the other 2 pieces?

  29. what a cool idea!!! I am going to whip up a bunch of these.

  30. Thanks, Yvonne, for the DIY’s for the outdoor blankets and hand warmers! Such a great idea! It’s snowing here now and I think it’s going to stay! It just seems too early for us to have snow! I’m going to make some of these blankets and matching hand warmers for a few of our friends! What a great idea this is! Enjoy your week-end. Again, thanks for always thinking of us. We appreciate you so much!

  31. I have made this handy packets using flax seed instead of rice … and we keep them in the freezer for when someone needs something cold to ease itchy skin, headaches or bumps.

    Definitely a handy diy!