Desktop Hand Warmers

Each year I try to find something quick that I can stitch together as a great gift for friends and family. This year, I’m making sets of hand warmers to keep fingers toasty while typing or mousing away at your desktop computer. Follow along with this quick Desktop Hand Warmers tutorial and make a set for yourself!

Desktop Hand Warmers Tutoriall


Materials to make Desktop Hand Warmers

  • Two or more fat quarters, 1/4 yard of fabric, or a few small pieces of main fabric (I used two different fabrics, it can be matching or contrasting, it’s up to you!)
  • 1/2 yard fusible webbing
  • 1/4 yard lining fabric such as muslin or plain white cotton

How to sew Desktop Hand Warmers

Desktop Hand Warmers Tutorial

Cut 4-six inch squares each of the fusible webbing, lining fabric, and main fabric. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, use the fusible web to fuse the lining fabric to the back (wrong side) of the main fabric. This adds strength to the fabric, making sure that none of the rice filling will poke through after repeated use.

Take two fused fabric squares, and pin them right sides together.

Desktop Hand Warmers Tutorial

Stitch around the edges with a 1/4″ seam, leaving a 2-3 inch opening on one edge. Trim off corners. Use the opening to turn the hand warmers right side out, and press well, pressing opening under 1/4″.

Desktop Hand Warmers Tutorial

Fill the hand warmers with plain rice. Leave just enough space in the hand warmer to easily close the opening for stitching shut.

Desktop Hand Warmers Tutorial

Use clips or pins to hold the opening closed, secure with a hand stitch (I used a very small whip stitch).

Desktop Hand Warmers Tutorial

Now pop them in the microwave and enjoy! Since microwave ovens vary, here’s a tip to find the perfect setting to heat up your Desktop Hand Warmers. Place both hand warmers on a microwave safe dish, and heat on high for 20 seconds at a time. Test after each 20 second session to see if they are toasty warm, and remember which total time works best!


Our December 5 Gift For You

Today’s gift is a fun black and silver slap watch with measuring tape style wrist band and scissor hands to one awesome WeAllSew fan. All you have to do is post a comment below answering the following question:

Out of which fabric will your hand warmers be created of?

A winner will be chosen at random on December 6, 2015 and announced the following week!

Good luck!

Congratulations to our WeAllSew reader “ammy4”, the winner of the December 5 gift. Enjoy!

21 days until Christmas

97 thoughts on “Desktop Hand Warmers

  1. This is a cute but useful little project! My daughter is a Star Wars fan and this is the month for the big movie release, so Star Wars fabric it is!

  2. I have some fabric I inherited from a friend who passed away almost a year ago. I think it would most appropriate to make these great hand warmers with some of her fabric to give to my sewing buddies who knew this GREAT lady. We sure do miss her.

  3. Nice idea especially for my cold den!! I have been making baby doll clothes for the Guild’s community project. My scraps will be perfect for these warmers!!

  4. This is a great scrap buster project. I recently made some infinity scarves so the scraps left over will be perfect for use in these matching handwarmers to keep in your coat pocket when you wear the scarf.

  5. Thank you for another great idea. I thought I would machine embroider the recipient’s name on holiday Christmas fabric for the hand warmer project. That may add a personal and festive touch.

  6. What a quick an easy gift! A great way to use up your leftover fabrics. Because I like to embroider everything that isn’t moving, I’d probably embroider something wintery on them. I have a lot of flannels left over from projects so I might use them as well as holiday fabrics.

  7. Well…I will go to my stash and select the most cheerful fabric for my hand warmers. This is a great idea as we do keep the heat lower than we used to do this time of the year.

  8. I don’t think this is a fair question. The hand warmer is SUCH a good idea it’s more about how many fabrics do I get to use! My office is always cold and I bet lots of my coworkers will want one of these beauties ?

  9. I am going to make these today! I am going to use some “zombie” fabric and red coordinating fabric. I may even make another a little bigger for a “rice bag” for my husbands back in Star Wars themed materials. Thanks for the great ideas.

  10. Being from Southern California, I don’t have much nee for hand warmers. I have made these out of an assortment of primary colors, simple stripes and basic polka dots to help my autistic grandson learn his colors and simple patterns. He loved choosing and tossing the one that was requested . A fun and educational game for any child! Heated up, you could play hot potato ??

  11. I would try and use up my scraps and personalize each hand warmer. For instance, one friend loves her cat, another friend has an obsession for shoes, another likes music and country & western; I think you get the idea. For the friends I couldn’t think of anything, that’s when the Christmas material comes in handy. Have a Merry Christmas!

  12. I just bought a new embroidery machine… I would definitely do these in a plain fabric that’s been embroidered on my new machine. I’ve been embroidering EVERYTHING since I bought it :o) I think these would be adorable with snowflakes embroidered on them.

  13. I would probably use some fun guitar fabric and make a hand warmer for him to take to work. It might feel nice to heat it up to relax his hands during the day.

  14. I would make these for my daughter who is a snowboarder and also when she walks her dog.
    Will look in my stash and scrap bin. I’m sure there’s some colorful fabric there.
    Happy Holiday’s

  15. Well I just love the cute fabric in the example with the pins on it! I have some fabric scraps from aprons I made last year that have cute little handbags and high heels on it, I think it would be cute with that on one side and bright pink cotton on the other side! Thanks for the great idea!

  16. I have plenty of fleece and flannel “left overs”, and will make them for my daughters and grandchildren all who love being out doors in the cold winter air. (Me, not so much).

  17. I will use some of my lovely christmassy fabrics as I love this time of the year! Or if all else fails, something with hearts to show that I love that person!

  18. I would embroider the first initial of each recipient onto one of the antique white lace napkins that I have been collecting to make their hand warmer gift.

  19. This is a great idea. I made hot packs like this after knee surgery & worked great. I would use fat quarters from my stash, flannel and cotton. I have some small amounts of material I haven’t used that was purchased for mask too. It will be fun to look through and select some beautiful fabric. Maybe a pattern I am not a fan of & I think I would warm up to them. They will be good to have while sewing in the winter but also because of arthritis to limber up as I sew. Can’t wait to make some. I think they may be on some friends Christmas list also.

  20. I’ve made these in different sizes and shapes for pain relief and foot warmers when I go to bed. I think the computer hand warmers are a nice addition. I’d only make them for Assisted Living friends or relatives but be sure to write heating instructions in big bold writing for heating instructions.

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