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DIY Hand Warmers

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These DIY Hand Warmers are a great beginner sewing project. The use of the Cricut Maker and it’s rotary blade make this project even easier!

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A few weeks ago my kids came in from playing in the snow and their hands were cold and they were fighting over the single rice bag that we had. So, I decided to make a batch of smaller hand warmers to have around, for when they come in from playing in the snow.

DIY Hand Warmers tutorial made with the Cricut Maker! From overthebigmoon.com!


Items Needed:


Open the 5″ Square Hand Warmer Design Space File!

The file is ready to getting cutting eight 5″ Square Hand Warmers. At this time you can amend the size of the squares if you want. You can also delete some boxes, if you don’t want eight of them. Once you are done making any changes to the file, then hit ‘MAKE IT.’

DIY Hand Warmers Design Space File from overthebigmoon.com!

Cricut offers both a 12×12 and 12×24 Fabric Mat – the pink mats are the fabric mats! If you’re only going to make two of the hand warmers, then you’ll only need a 12×12 fabric mat. But, to save time and make it easier, I suggest cutting on a 12×24 mat. Below you’ll see a screenshot of how the hand warmers lay out on both a 12×12 and a 12×24 mat.

Hand Warmers laid out on a 12x12 mat.

Hand Warmers laid out on a 12x24 mat! From overthebigmoon.com!

As you can see, you only have to prep 2 mats if you use a 12×24 mat! That’s why I love using the bigger mats, less prep time! However, in this instance, I was only making 2 hand warmers per fabric. So, I did opt to use the 12×12 Fabric Mat.

Once you’ve previewed and prepped your mats, then go ahead and hit ‘CONTINUE.’ I love applying the fabric onto the fabric mats using the Cricut Brayer. It really helps make sure that the fabric sticks to the mat and helps it go on smoother.

Also, make sure to check out all the Designer Collection that Cricut offers! I love the designs so much and I love that there are several fabrics that coordinate perfectly together.

Designer Fabrics from Cricut

Designer Fabrics from Cricut to make Hand Warmers!

For the hand warmers, I grabbed fabrics from a few collections!

When applying the fabric to your mats, don’t stress about small little wrinkles. They won’t make a difference when the Cricut Maker is cutting.

Using the Brayer to apply fabric to the Cricut fabric mat. From overthebigmoon.com!

Loading the fabric mat into the Cricut Maer! From overthebigmoon.com!

After all the cuts are made, then go ahead and remove the fabric from the mats.

Fabric Squares cut with the Cricut Maker to make hand warmers! From overthebigmoon.com!

Then put 2 pieces of the fabric wrong side together and sew 3 of the 4 sides together using 1/4″ seam. You are welcome to pin the edges if you want, but I opted not to for this. Make sure to back stitch on the start and finish of your stitch.

Sewing hand warmers cut with my Cricut Maker! From overthebigmoon.com!

Prior to turning the hand warmer right side out, cut the corners of the square at an angle to remove the excess fabric. This will help you get sharp squared corners.

Then you’ll go ahead and fill your hand warmer about 60% full with long grain rice. I find it easiest using a funnel.

After they’re all full I do a simple line stitch to close the bag. If you’re a perfectionist, feel free to fold it in and hand stitch it. You’re also welcome when sewing the two pieces wrong side together, to continue that first stitch 1/2 through that 4th side. But, I liked the look of having the whole 4 side sewed shut the way I did it.

Cutting any strings from the hand warmers.

Then take some small scissors and trim in strings from the bags. And that’s it!

To heat them, put them in the microwave for 60-90 seconds. I usually open the microwave 1/2 way through and turn it over!


Easy Rice Bags made with the Cricut Maker! From overthebigmoon.com!

Simple Rice Bags made with the Cricut Maker! From overthebigmoon.com!

If you’re looking for some more fun sewing projects you can make with the Cricut, check these out!

If you’re new to the Cricut Maker, then make sure and check out these educational posts:

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Easy DIY Hand Warmers made with the Cricut Maker! From overthebigmoon.com!

Pam Dana

Pam is a stay at home working mama that enjoys all phases of life! Between her 3 kids, fur baby (a beyond cute Goldendoodle), wonderful husband, friends and working, she stays pretty busy! But, she is loving every aspect of her life! Here on Over the Big Moon, she loves to share DIY's, recipes, printables, organization tips and more!

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