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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lavender Rice Filled Felt Heart Hand Warmers

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Okay, I'll admit it, I haven't really had much use for these this winter. Other than one week in early January, we've been enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures in Illinois this winter. Heck, it was SIXTY FOUR DEGREES today...      
                                                                                                .......No kidding.

But tomorrow winter's going to return to my little corner of suburbia and when it does, I'll be ready...

                                                                                                                         ...or at least my hands will. 

Have you ever heard the saying, "Cold hands, warm heart"?  

I always thought that the saying was a built in excuse for those of us who live in states where temperatures dip below freezing beginning in October and last, (for what feels like an eternity) until early May.

I think that those of us who live in the Northern half of the middle of the country are good-natured people most of the time.

Well... so long as you don't count those days where we've had to brave blizzard like conditions to remove six inches of snow from the drive more than once  in 24 hours....

...or the times during January and February that we don't see the sun for a week.  Other than that, most Mid-westerners are down-right cheery. Many of us do, however, suffer from  cold hands (and toes, and noses) for most of the winter...even with our down filled and arctic-rated thermal mittens.

Today, I'm going to share my secret remedy for chilly fingertips: rice filled wool felt heart hand warmers. Because after all, there's no rule that says that you can't have warm hands and a warm heart...Right?!


Warm Hands Hearts


  • Wool Felt (Fleece also works well)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Needle and Embroidery Cotton
  • 1 to 1 1/2 Cups Uncooked Rice (any variety except instant). I used mixed long grain and wild.
  • Lavender buds and Essential Oil for scenting the rice. I use dried lavender from my garden. (Optional)

To make the warmers:

  • Cut 4 hearts from the felt. Mine measure about 4 inches across and 4 inches from top to bottom.
  • Using embroidery cotton, sew a simple blanket stitch around the edge of the heart leaving a one inch opening for filling.
  • Place the uncooked rice in a bowl. Add lavender and 2-3 drops of Essential Oil, Stir. (Optional)
  • Fill the hearts with rice. I use a simple funnel made from a piece of paper.
  • Stitch the opening closed.

To Use:

Place the hearts in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds dependent upon how powerful your unit is. Do not over heat as the rice can get very  hot and may cause burns.  Place one warmer in each jacket pocket and enjoy warm fingers for up to 20 minutes!  These warmers may be re-heated indefinitely.

I happen to love having  Warm Hands Hearts in my jacket pockets....not only do they keep my fingertips toasty, they smell nice.

Of course, if you're making them for your son (or, for that matter any male over the age of about nine), it's best to skip the lavender and opt for a more manly scent like cedar, eucalyptus or clove. My youngest loves peppermint.

Also, based upon my personal experience, if you're making them for the men in your life, it's also a good idea to make them in the shape of a rectangle... in a color like grey (or black) with contrasting stitching in a color like black (or grey). Apparently, when you're a guy who carries hand warmers, subtlety is a good thing...

     know, just in case one happens to fall out of a jacket pocket...
                                                                                                      in front of a bunch of other guys....

P.S. I also happen to know that larger sizes (filled with an entire bag of rice) make wonderful warmers for chilly toes when placed beneath the blankets at bedtime. They can also be frozen and used as cold packs. Enjoy!

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