DIY Heart Pocket Hand Warmers

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My kids LOVE these!  I am now making many different shapes and colors so my son has some to put in his pockets for school.

DIY Heart Pocket Hand Warmers

Gather your supplies:

  • Felt (It’s $0.26 per sheet at Walmart and one sheet will make approximately 3-4 warmers)
  • Thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Rice
  • Essential Oil (Optional)

DIY Heart Pocket Hand Warmers


Fold your felt and cut your shape.  This will give you two of the same exact shape.  I printed out a heart shape and pinned it on my felt as a guide and it worked perfectly!  This will be the front and back of the pocket warmer.  We did the heart shape for Valentine’s Day, but are working on other shapes that are less “girly” for my son LOL.

Stitch along the edges with your needle and thread, leaving a small hole to fill with rice.  I used a basic running stitch.  This is a super easy stitch and looks cute for this project.  I then filled my warmer with about 2 tablespoons of rice with essential oil.  I used peppermint oil because that’s what I had on hand, but you can use any oil you like.  Lavender essential oil and rosemary are both great for this project.   Finally, you can finish your stitching and tie it off.  I always put a couple of extra stitches at the end to secure it a little better.

DIY Heart Pocket Hand Warmers

How to use your hand warmer:

Simply heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds with a cup of water then put immediately into a coat pocket.  Putting a cup of water in the microwave when you heat your warmer keeps the rice from scorching.  The essential oil will fill your child’s pockets and hands with a nice fragrance and they’ll be warm and toasty!  These are also great to keep around when they come inside from playing.

DIY Heart Pocket Hand Warmers

  • Such a cute and simple idea! Thanks!

  • Those are too cute, I love them!!

  • This is such a great idea I want one. Thanks so much!!

  • Those are lovely. I’ve never made a pocket warmer before.

  • These are so cute. They would work great for my son while he waits at the bus stop during the winter!

  • These are super cute and sure to keep hands warm just be careful not to overwarm them

  • These look lovely and cozy.You are very creative I like that it is homemade.

  • those are so much cuter than the disposable hand warmers. great idea

  • what a great idea. I want one too

  • I am so glad I am not living in a cold region. This would come in handy though because I cannot deal with cold of any sort

  • So cute! You are very creative person 🙂

  • So cute and easy. Perfect for this coming February.

  • Easy to make and very cute too! I will let my cousins know about this easy craft. They have small kids who would love this.

  • I’d actually like these for myself. It’s not THAT cold here ever, but on occasion it is and this would be great to have ready.

  • Super cute and nice! I want one 🙂
    It’s so Valentine-ish, I’m in love with the style hihi

    • Nothing is worse than cold fingers, especially if it’s the little ones. I like these too.

  • What a lovely cute idea that’s a really cute and a great way to keep your hands warm. Angela from Daysinbed

  • What a cute idea. I would love to make this for the kids.

  • Oh my! My son would love one. They are so super cute.

  • I love hand warmers but this ones even more because they are super cute!

  • Awww these are adorable and would come in so handy! What a great idea!

  • i used to make this during my elementary days, this was really pretty

  • I love pocket hand warmers, especially when it’s cold outside! This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • What a cute activity! And the result is super practical for these cold winter months

  • Oh this is super cute! Love it!

  • What a cute craft! A friend of mine makes warmers like these for muscle aches and they work wonders.

  • What an amazing idea, I am loving it and want to give it a try

  • What a cute idea! My kids have just started felt sewing and this is a great project for them!! I do have a concern… if you put essential oils with the rice they will get on the kids hands. The oils neat may burn the skin, especially the peppermint!! (imagine if they rub their eyes after handling :-/ ) But dried lavender and maybe dried chamomile would still leave a nice scent and be safer for their skin!

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