Winter Warmers


Once it starts to get chilly outside, you'll need heat packs to help you warm up. Even beginner sewists can make these Winter Warmers. You can even make this easy winter craft from old flannel pajamas you already own. Make several to give as extra gifts this holiday season. This is one of those sewing project ideas that is absurdly easy to make and may very well change your life. If you live in a cold climate, consider making these for your kiddo. You can heat these little bags up and have them tuck the warmer into their mittens on especially cold days.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Sewn byEither Hand or Machine


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A wonderful project to make very soon, as the colder days are here already. Brrrr. I think this is an excellent opportunity to use up scraps of pretty left over fabrics from other sewing sessions. I can also see myself cutting up old outgrown pajamas made of flannel as a way to save bits of the children's past and favorite clothes. Besides flannel would this work well with t-shirt fabrics?

Great idea to use favourite, but worn-out or outgrown articles of clothing or blankets!

How Long does the warmth last?

I have read varying ways to heat the rice bag. Do you need to add a small glass of water to the microwave when heating? How long do you heat the bag?

These are wonderful. I fill my with rice. I make different sizes for different needs. Such as a tiny one with cute flannel bunnies for little "boo boo's" I don't like using the oil, it seems to seep through. Where do you find, dry lavendar?

I've made warmer bags and filled them with white beans. I also made a pillowcase to slip over them. you could make a pillowcase from a towel,scrap, they are really cozy. They are a real treat for sore muscles and for Physio therapy.

i have made these with "feed corn" -bought it at the county co-op. Also used a muslin for the bag, then made "cute" pillowcases that could easily be removed and washed as needed. WONDERFUL for aches and pains and cold toes!

Can these be heated in a warm oven? We gave away our microwave (almost new) 10 years ago.

Sorry this is so late - but I heat mine in the dryer - as we don't have a microwave anymore either. I wouldn't heat them in the oven - just because the cloth could get too hot and perhaps catch fire or singe.

Hi, skharrison19 8254038. The designer offers this note below the instructions: "Filler Options: I have made these with both wheat (available from pet food aisle of the supermarket) and uncooked long grain rice. You can also use lupins, barley, buckwheat hulls." Hope this helps! --Editors of AllFreeSewing

I want to make these bags but I can't find the wheat, does rice or buckwheat hull work just as well

Have made dozens of these over the past year or so, not from this particular website, but from trial and error. Rice works perfectly, though I like to use dried lavender, chamomile or hops with a few drops of essential oil added, to disguise the scent of the rice. They are perfect for aches and pains when heated and make great cool packs for when I have tired, allergic eyes. I keep one in a ziplock bag in the freezer. Keeping your eye pillow in a ziplock (whether in the freezer or not) helps to keep the scent you've added for much longer, too.


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