Simple Serged Hand Warmers DIY

Looking for little hand warmers to help your hands from being cold this Winter? This simple serged hand warmers DIY is perfect!  Super easy to make, eco and budget friendly, and they make the perfect handmade gift! Jen from the Sewing Rabbit Team is here with this easy sewing tutorial DIY that will have your hands warmer in no time!

Simple Serged Hand Warmers DIY

My husband got me a serger for Christmas, and I couldn’t have been happier (it’s the Brother 1034D in case you’re wondering, and I absolutely LOVE it.) I had been wanting one for awhile, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and try it out. The only problem was, what to make? After thinking about it for awhile, I came up with the idea to make a few hand warmers for Christmas gifts.

Hand warmers are perfect for the chilly winter weather we’ve been getting, and they’re also the perfect project for practicing with a serger in case you have one (or you convince your husband to get you one for Christmas too :) If you don’t have a serger, no problem! Just use a zig-zag stitch around the edges instead.

SUPPLIES: 1/4 yard cotton fabric, serger and thread, long grain rice, funnel, essential oil.

First, cut out 5×5 inch squares from your pieces of cotton. I went with some gingham and chambray scraps I had in my stash.

Next, remove the right needle on your serger by using the little screwdriver your machine came with. Make sure to tighten well after you remove the right needle so that your remaining needle is lined up properly on the left side.

Pin two squares wrong sides (or the sides without the pattern) together.

Beginning at one of the corners, start to serge along each edge with a 1/4-1/2 inch seam allowance. To serge corners, I serged along the edge until I reached the corner then, with the needle still down, I raised the foot and turned my square and began to serge along the next edge.

Stop serging when you’re about 1 1/2 inches from where you began and clip your loose threads.

Use a spoon or funnel to fill your hand warmer with rice. Make sure not to overfill, because you still need to serge the opening and you don’t want to get rice in your serger :) I used about 3/4 cup I think.

Add 2-3 drops of essential oil to the rice (this will help the hand warmers smell nice each time they’re heated!)

Finally, serge your opening closed by starting at the corner and overlapping your stitches. Tie the ends of your strings in knots to make sure nothing comes unraveled and clip the excess.

These little hand warmers make great stocking stuffers or gifts for neighbors. Stack a few together and tie with some baker’s twine! Easy.

To heat, simply stick them in the microwave for 30-40 seconds. They’re perfect little companions when you need help staying warm outdoors (or keeping your feet warm in bed on chilly winter nights!)

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!



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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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  1. says

    I have seen these done but this is the first time I’ve seen them used with essential oils. I bet putting thieves (aka cinnamon) essential oils would be a great choice since it’s an immune booster and these are used in the winter. Plus I simply love the smell of cinnamon during the fall and winter. Great idea!


  2. Sandy Kramer says

    I do like these very much! Thanks for sharing. I’m still learning how to use my serger. I’ve made mostly pillowcases (a really great pattern is called ‘The Hotdog’. Fun, super simple!) & I’ve made costumes. But I’ve not removed one of the needles. That removes a row of stitching?? I guess I need to study the book, & learn more about my machine.

    • says

      Ooh Christmas pillowcases would be fun! Yes, when you sew cotton and woven material, you need to remove a needle. For knits, both needles are used. The handbook that came with your machine should cover which materials need one or two needles :) I’m still learning too!

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